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Release: Sept. 28, 2001
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IWP presents panel on 'The Writer as Translator,' Oct. 10 in Iowa City
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP)
will present a free panel discussion, "The Writer As Translator,"
at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the large meeting room of the Iowa City
Public Library. The discussion will be broadcast live on the library's cable
channel and taped for re-broadcast.
Participants in the discussion will be Andrey Bychkov from Russia, Marius
Burokas from Lithuania, Medy Loekito from Indonesia, Sitok Srengenge from
Indonesia and Victor Aladji from Togo.
Aladji is assistant professor of the sociology of communications in the department
of philosophy at the University of Lome, and director and publisher of Editions
Haho. Aladji was formerly head of the publication section of Togo's Ministry
of Information and was a journalist at Radio-Lome. His publications include
"La Voix de l'Ombre" (1985) and "La Mediation des Conseils
de Presse et Organismes Similaires dans l'Afrique en Transition: Annales de
l'Université du Benin" (1998).
Srengenge, a poet born in Central Java, is program coordinator for the Utan
Kayu Community in West Java; and he is also a lecturer at the Jakarta Arts
Institute, a literature teacher for Eksotika Karmawiggangga and editor of
the Kalam Cultural Journal. His work has appeared in "2001: Secrets Need
Words," the "Nonsense Poetry" anthology, and various poetry
and short fiction anthologies in Indonesia. Last year Srengenge was cited
as one of his country's leaders in society in culture by Asiaweek magazine.
Loekito is executive secretary of the Shimizu Corporation and previously
worked as inbound tour administrator for Setia Tours and Travel. Her poems
have appeared in various anthologies and in many Indonesian journals.
Borokas is a project manager and editor in Lithuania's largest public relations
company, Viesuju Ryiu Partneriai; and he is concurrently completing graduate
studies in Lithuanian literature at Vilnius University. He is the author of
the poetry collection "Ideograms" (1999); and his poems have appeared
in various Lithuanian, Finnish and Russian journals. A second book of poems,
"Planning a Murder," is forthcoming this fall.
Bychkov is the author of "Lovets" (2000), which was short-listed
for the prestigious Russian "Anti-Booker" Prize. He received the
Eisenstein Prize in German in 1994, and his short stories have appeared in
his country's most distinguished journals.
Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP
through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at
a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly
a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies
in the program.
Like most IWP residency groups, the 2001 community is a mix of poets, fiction
writers, screenwriters, playwrights, journalists, essayists and critics. Many
of the IWP writers will travel from Iowa City to present lectures, symposia
and readings at other campuses in Iowa and throughout the country, and to
visit places of cultural or historical interest.
The IWP is staffed and housed by the University of Iowa. IWP writers have
been financed by the United States State Department, through bilateral agreements
with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments
abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations,
foundations and individuals.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp>
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