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Release: Aug. 20, 2002
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INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM WELCOMES 36 WRITERS TO IOWA
Thirty-six established writers representing 30 countries are converging on
the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City for the beginning of the 2002 group
residency of the International Writing Program (IWP). The three-month residency
-- the first IWP residency since the one-of-a-kind programs move into
the welcoming atmosphere of the relocated Shambaugh House -- will include
a variety of free, public events, including readings, panel discussions, an
international conference and a variety of social events.
The 2002 roster includes writers from current and recent strife-torn areas,
including Argentina, Bosnia, Burma, Colombia, India, Israel, Nigeria, the
Philippines, the West Bank and Zimbabwe. The group also includes the IWPs
first representative from Madagascar.
The schedule of public events features joint readings with the UI Writers
Workshop at 5 p.m. Sundays in the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa
City; Wednesday panel discussions at 3 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library,
broadcast on the librarys cable TV channel; special evenings of African
and Chinese readings in the Shambaugh House and a series of Friday readings.
Additional events are certain to be added after the writers arrive. Check
> for a regularly updated schedule of events.
A notable event on the local schedule is the Oct. 11-12 IWP Festival, an
international conference on New Media Poetry: Aesthetics, Institutions,
Audiences. The conference will conclude with the Paul Engle Memorial
Reading by South African novelist Etienne van Heerden, honoring the memory
of the IWPs founding director. View a full schedule of events and list
of participants at
The IWP writers will be housed in the Iowa House of the Iowa Memorial Union,
locating them squarely in the center of campus life and a short walk from
the Shambaugh House.
During their visit, the writers will not only work on their current literary
projects but will also contribute to a mini-course, "International Literature
Today," attend readings, work with students in the UI Translation Workshop,
visit literature classes, learn firsthand about Iowas rural heritage,
attend performances in Hancher Auditorium, and interact with faculty and students
in a variety of academic departments. Included in the off-campus schedule
are events at the Des Moines Art Center in September, participation in the
Chicago Humanities Festival in November, and performances at the Portland
(Maine) Theatre Festival in November.
Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency
at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings
established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the
lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers
from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.
At the UI, IWP participants interact with each other and with the many poets,
fiction writers, playwrights and translators in Iowa City. The UI is the home
of the Iowa Writers Workshop, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop the Iowa
Translation Workshop and a graduate program in literary non-fiction. The Writers
Workshop, another groundbreaking UI program, was the first university program
to grant academic credit for creative work in literature and was the prototype
for the many college creative writing programs that have transformed the terrain
of American literary life.
Like most IWP residency groups, the 2002 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. In recent years, IWP writers
have visited ethnic communities in the United States and Canada with cultural/historical
ties to their literary traditions.
The IWP becomes the source of first American publication for many of its
writers. In addition, at the UI the writers experience personal, intellectual
and literary encounters that would be impossible in their home countries,
free from political pressures. The IWP, which functions as a sort of United
Nations of writers, stresses the common interests of writers everywhere, in
an atmosphere that puts political differences into perspective. For writers
who live under repressive regimes, the IWP has provided an unprecedented opportunity
to write, speak and interact freely.
The importance of the IWP to international understanding was recognized as
early as 1976, when former senator, diplomat and UN Ambassador Averrill Harriman
nominated founders Paul and Hualing Nieh Engle for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1995 the program was honored with the Governors Award for distinguished
service to the State of Iowa.
A quarter century of residencies have enabled the IWP to accumulate an unparalleled
collection of resources on international literature, which have been organized
in a new library in the Shambaugh House. The IWP remains in contact with former
participants, creating an unprecedented literary and intellectual network
without national boundaries.
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.
The IWP is now directed by poet and essayist Christopher Merrill, a faculty
member in the UI English department, and the international literature commentator
for the syndicated radio program The World. Merrill is the author
of Only the Nails Remain, a first-hand account of the tragedy
in the Balkans. His most recent book of poetry is Brilliant Water.
To learn more about the IWP, visit < http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp > the
on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit
< www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa >. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact
< email@example.com >.
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IWP Participants 2002
Argentina (Mr.) Nestor MARTINEZ fiction writer, essayist
Bosnia (Mr.) Nihad HASANOVI playwright, fiction writer
Brazil (Mr.) Narlan MATOS-TEIXEIRA poet, translator
Bulgaria (Ms.) Radostina G. GRIGOROVA poet, screenwriter
Burma (Mr.) U KYAW ZWA (Chit Oo Nyo) fiction writer
Chile (Mr.) Cristian Gonzalo GOMES-OLIVARES poet
China (Mr.) LI Rui fiction writer
China (Ms.) JIANG Yun fiction writer
China (Mr.) MENG Jing Hui playwright
China (Mr.) LIU Jun (Xi Chuan) poet, translator
Colombia (Mr.) Hugo CHAPARRO-VALDERRAMA poet, fiction writer
Cuba (Mr.) Antonio José PONTE poet, fiction writer
Ghana (Ms.) Amma DARKO fiction writer
Germany (Mr.) Michael ZELLER fiction writer
India (Mr.) S. DIWAKAR poet, fiction writer
India (Ms.) Sukrita Paul KUMAR poet, translator
Indonisia (Mr.) Arif Bagus PRASETYO poet, art critic
Israel (Ms.) Dorit RABINYAN fiction writer, poet
Japan (Ms.) Nori NAKAGAMI fiction writer
Laos (Mr.) BOUNTHANONG Xomxayphol fiction writer, poet
Lithuania (Mr.) Tomas BUTKUS poet, translator
Madagascar (Mr.) Elie RAJAONARISON poet, translator
Malaysia (Mr.) Eddin Bu-Eng KHOO poet, journalist
New Zealand (Mr.) Gordon McLAUCHLAN fiction writer, journalist
Nigeria (Mr.) Sunny AYEWANU poet, fiction writer
Philippines (Ms.) Marjorie M. EVASCO-PERNIA poet
Philippines (Mr.) Charleson Lim ONG fiction writer
Poland (Dr., Mr.) Piotr SOMMER poet, translator
Poland (Ms.) Marzanna Bogumila KIELAR poet
Russia (Ms.) Ksenija DRAGUNSKAYA playwright
Singapore (Mr.) Alvin PANG poet
Uganda (Mr.) Charles MULEKWA playwright
United Kingdom (Mr.) Edward CAREY fiction writer, playwright
West Bank (Mr.) Mahmoud Abu HASHHASH poet
Zambia (Mr.) Gideon NYIRENDA poet
Zimbabwe (Ms.) Freedom NYAMUBAYA poet, fiction write
Writers of the 2002 International Writing Program
Sunny AYEWANU (SUN-nee AI-e-WAH-new; poet, Nigeria; b. 1967, Lagos) is the
author of Flowering Bullets, which was a runner-up for the 1998
Association of Nigeria Author prize for poetry. He has contributed poems to
three anthologies -- Trembling Leaves (1999), Cramped Rooms
& Open Spaces (1999), and 25 New Nigerian Poets (2000)
-- and is the featured author of Nejma 4: The Writings of Sunny Ayewanu.
In 2001, he collected and edited Passport to the New World, an anthology of
poems and short stories published in commemoration of the third millenium.
In his newest collection of poems, Four Seasons of Solitude and Poorverty,
he uses peasant language to narrate the commoners experiences. Ayewanu
is the president of the Association of West African Young Writers, one of
Nigerias oldest literary associations. He is participating courtesy
of the U.S. Department of State.
BOUNTHANONG Xomxayphol (bown-thah-nawn sohm-sigh-phon; fiction writer, poet,
Laos; b. 1953, Champassak) has written 13 books about, in his words, the
daily life of village people and what they are fighting for. A former
magazine and newspaper editor, and a founding member of four magazines as
well as the Lao Writers Association, Bounthanong is at work on a new novel
about a young woman who leaves the rice fields to face life in the city. He
is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Tomas BUTKUS (TOH-mahs BOOT-kuss; poet, Lithuania; b. 1975, Klaipeda) is
the author of numerous translations and original collections of poetry. His
most recent publication is Kas Bos Parasyta Kaip Siandien (How
Today Will Be Written, 2001). At the publishing house Vario Burnos in Klaipeda,
Butkus works as a designer, a publisher, and a bookmaker -- his special interest
is handmade books. He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of
Edward CAREY (EH-dward KAH-ree; fiction writer, playwright, United Kingdom;
b. 1970, E. Walsham) is a writer quickly gaining international recognition.
He has had five plays produced, most recently an adaptation of Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers. His novel Observatory Mansions,
a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Prize, is
appearing in 10 different countries. This novel, and his forthcoming novel
Alva and Irva, contain original artwork by the author. He is participating
courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Hugo CHAPARRO-VALDERRAMA (HOO-goh chah-PAR-roe VAHL-de-RAH-mah; poet, fiction
writer, Colombia; b. 1961, Bogota) has won awards for his fiction and critical
work and is a two-time recipient of the Colombian National Poetry Prize. He
has translated Shakespeare, writes regular columns on film for several magazines,
and is soon to publish both a novel, La Sombra del Incantropo
(The Werewolfs Shadow), and a volume of poetry, Escrito en el
Tiempo (Written in Time). He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department
Amma DARKO (AH-ma DAR-kow(u); fiction writer, Ghana; b. 1956, Koforidua)
is the author of the critically acclaimed Beyond the Horizon.
The Housemaid , the second of her titles to appear in English,
was published in the African Writers Series in 1998, the same year that she
won the Ghana Book Award. A former Fellow at the Cambridge Seminars, Darko
has recently contributed The Color of Poverty (2001) to a collection
by Amnesty International-Germany. She is participating courtesy of the National
Resource Center for International Studies and the University of Iowa.
S. DIWAKAR (DEE-wa-KAR; fiction writer, India; b. 1944, Somathanahalli) is
highly regarded both as a short-story writer and as a translator, having published
many translations of works by Nobel Prize-winning writers, as well as collections
of his own short stories and poems. Diwakar is a book reviewer for the prestigious
Indian Review of Books, and an editor in the Office of Public Affairs at the
American Consulate in Chennai. He is participating courtesy of the Southeast
Asia Studies Program at the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa.
Ksenija DRAGUNSKAYA (KSEN-ee-yuh DRA-goon-SKAI-uh; playwright, Russia; b.
1965, Moscow) has written more than 10 original plays for adults, two adaptations
and six childrens plays, almost all of which have been published by
the distinguished magazines Playwright and Modern Playwriting. The plays Forever
and Ever (1996) and The Red-Haired Play (2000) were both
short-listed for the Anti-Booker prize, the latter forming the basis for a
television film. She is participating courtesy of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Marjorie M. EVASCO-PERNIA (MAR-joh-REE eh-VAS-koh payr-NEE-uh; poet, Philippines;
b. 1953 Maribojoc, Bohol) is director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative
Writing and Research Center at De La Salle University. She is the recipient
of the Philippines 1987 and 1999 National Book Awards for Poetry; her books
include Dreamweavers: Selected Poems 1976-1986 (1987); Ochre
Tones: Poems in English and Cebuano (1999); and, most recently, A
Life Shaped by Music (2001). She is participating courtesy of the U.S.
Department of State.
Cristian Gonzalo GOMES-OLIVARES (KRIS-tee-en gun-ZAH-loh GOH-mez OH-lee-VAH-rez;
poet, Chile; b. 1971, Santiago) is a professor at Diego Portales University,
a regular contributor to well-known magazines, and a dynamic promoter of poetry.
Besides his three collections of poetry, he has edited the Anthology
of Chilean Poetry (1999), and surveyed his countrys poetic landscape
in his Panorama of Modern Chilean Poetry (2001). He is participating
courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Radostina G. GRIGOROVA (RAD-oh-STEE-nuh GREEG-oh-ROH-vah; poet, playwright,
fiction writer, Bulgaria; b. 1974, Sofia) is the editor of Egoist Magazine,
and the author of several screenplays, including Truth or Dare
(2001) which won the national contest for Best Screenplay on Channel One.
More than 50 of her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in literary
magazines and other periodicals. She is participating courtesy of the U.S.
Department of State.
Nihad HASANOVI_ (NEE-hahd hah-SAHN-oh-VEECH; playwright, fiction writer,
Bosnia; b. 1974, Nihac) is currently finishing his studies in philosophy and
literature in Sarajevo. He has translated French novels by Rachid Mimouni
and Kenize Mourad, and written a short story collection to be published later
this year. He has also written plays -- Podigni visoko baklju
(Raise your torch!, 1996), and the prize-winning Zaista? (Really?,
2001) which was broadcast on Bosnian National Radio. His participating through
the courtesy of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Mahmoud Abu HASHHASH (mah-MOOD ah-BOO huh-SHAH-HASH; poet, West Bank; 1971,
Hebron) is the Project Coordinator of Culture and Science at the Qattan Foundation,
and an editor at the Palestinian House of Poetry in Ramallah. Published in
many magazines and journals, he is the author of Waj Al Zujaj
(The Pain of Glass, 2001) and a contributor to Dueof An-Naar Ad-DaEmoun,
a joint publication of poetry for 13 young Palestinian poets. He is participating
courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
JIANG Yun (gee-ahng yuun; fiction writer, China; b. 1954, Shanxi) graduated
in 1981 from the Chinese Department of Taiyuan Normal College and later studied
at Beijing University. Her first published story, Wo de liangge nuer
(My Two Daughters), marked the beginning of the Wound Literature movement
in Shanxi. Since then, Jiang has published widely. Xianchang taoyi
(Escape from the Scene, 1998), the third of her four story collections, was
translated into French; and her five novels include Shanshuo zai nide
zhitou (Shining on the Top of Your Tree, 1998) and Wo de leilu
(My Interior Land, 2001). She is participating courtesy of the University
of Iowa Chinese Community.
Eddin Bu-Eng KHOO (AY-din BOO-ENG KOO; poet, Malaysia; b. 1969, Selangor)
has been deeply involved in preserving the heritage of Malay culture, particularly
through his writing. As a journalist with the Star, Malaysias largest
circulation English newspaper, Khoo has written many articles about the arts
and traditions of Malaysia. Currently, he is working to establish a publishing
firm that would translate literary works into Malay in the next two years
he will publish five new books of his own -- works of translation, criticism,
and original poetry. He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of
Marzanna B. KIELAR (mar-ZHAHN-ah KEE-eh-LAHR; poet, Poland; b. 1963, Goldap)
holds a doctorate from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She is an
adjunct professor at the Special Education Academy in Warsaw. Kielars
poetry has appeared in many journals in Poland, Germany and the U.S. In
Den Rillen Eisiger Shunden (2000) won Germanys Herman Lenz Preis.
She is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Sukrita Paul KUMAR (soo-KREE-tah PAWL KOO-mar; poet, India; b. 1949, Nairobi,
Kenya) is an associate professor of English at Zakir Husain College, University
of Delhi. The recipient of many grants and awards, she has published nearly
10 books of literary criticism, translation and poetry. Her most recent book
of poems is Folds of Silence (1998). She is currently at work
on two new books. She is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of
KYAW ZWA (Chit Oo Nyo) (KEE-aw ZWAH; fiction writer, Burma; b. 1946, Mandalay)
through more than 20 novels has made Burmese history and Buddhist culture
come alive for Burmas younger generations. His novelization of the Ramayana
-- in which the villain Dasigiri becomes the protagonist -- is regarded as
a classic. Chit Oo Nyo (U Kyaw Zwas pen name) is working on a novel
about an 18th-century member of the Royal Court, U Po Hlain, a figure known
for his radical ideas. U Kyaw Zwa is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department
LI Rui (LEE Rhuee; fiction writer, China; b. 1950, Beijing) is best known
for a series of stories published under the title Houtu (Thick
Earth), which won the China Times Literary Prize and gained him an international
reputation. One of his countrys major writers, Li has published four
novels, three essay collections and four story collections. Many of these
works have been translated into Swedish, English, French, Japanese, German,
Dutch and other languages. His most recent novel is Yingcheng gushi
(Tale of Silver City, 2001); an eight-volume Dongyue Wenku: Li Rui Collection
will be published by Shandong Wenyi Publishing House in 2002. He is participating
through the courtesy of the University of Iowa Chinese Community.
LIU Jun (Xi Chuan) (see CHWAN; poet, China; b. 1963, Xu Zhou) is a vice-professor
of western literature and English language at the Central Academy of Fine
Arts. Elected in 1996 to the board of directors of the Chinese Poets
Association, Xi Chuan (pen name of Liu Jun) has published four collections
of poems, most recently Water Stains (2001), in addition to a
play and translations. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated
into more than 10 languages. Among his many prizes is the prestigious Lu Xun
Prize for literature in 2001. He is participating courtesy of the Freeman
Nestor Guillermo MARTINEZ (NAY-stohr ghe-YEHR-moh mar-TEE-nez; fiction writer,
essayist, Argentina; b. 1962, Bahia Blanca), who directs the Mathematics Department
at the School of the Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, is one of
Argentinas most important contemporary writers. His story collection
Infierno Grande (Vast Hell, 1989), winner of one of the most important
literary prizes in Argentina, is required reading in many high school literature
courses, and several of his stories have been translated into other languages,
including English. His first novel, Acerca de Roderer (Regarding
Roderer), has been included in a collection of the best Argentine literarure
of the 20th century. Two more novels have followed, The Woman and the
Master and the recently completed The Oxford Series. His
essays, articles and reviews are regularly published in La Nacion
and other major newspapers. For further information, refer to his web site,
< www.guillermomartinez.8m.net >.He is participating courtesy of the
U.S. Department of State.
Narlan MATOS (nar-lahn MAH-tohs; poet, Brazil; b. 1975, Bahia) is considered
to be his countrys most promising poet. Matoss collection Ladies
and Gentlemen: the Dawn was awarded the Jorge Amado Foundation Prize,
and his collection No Acampamento Das Sombras (At the Camp of
Shadows) won the Xerox Award of Brazilian Literature, the most prestigious
university literature award in Brazil. A translator from English and Slovenian,
, and an invitee to some of Europes most important literary festivals,
including Druskininkai, Vilenica and GM Hopkins, he is also editing the complete
works of Dr. Duarte, one of the mentors of the Tropicalia and New Cinema movements.
He is participating courtesy of the U.S. State Department.
Gordon McLAUCHLAN (GOHR-dun mik-LAWKH-len; fiction writer, journalist, New
Zealand; b. 1931, Dunedin) is a highly accomplished journalist and fiction
writer. He is the chairman of Four Star Books and host of the Radio New Zealand
program Book Club. He has also hosted two New Zealand network
television magazine shows, edited Batemans New Zealand Encyclopedia,
provided the New Zealand questions for Trivial Pursuit, and was
president of the New Zealand Society of Authors. He has written more than
eight books, including political commentaries. He is participating courtesy
of Creative New Zealand and the University of Iowa.
MENG Jing-Hui (muhng jing whooay; playwright, China; b. 1965, Ji Lin) is
a graduate of the Beijing School of Dramatics, and is called one of the foremost
avant-garde playwrights in China. His productions in Chinese off-Broadway
theaters have included The Rhinoceros in Love, Scandals
from One Street and Becketts Waiting for Godot, adapted
for Chinese. His latest film is Chicken Poets. He is participating
courtesy of the Asian Cultural Council.
Charles MULEKWA (CHARLZ moo-LAY-kwah; playwright, Uganda; b. 1966, Mbale)
is very involved in Ugandan theater. A founding member and co-director of
the drama group Teamline, he is a committee member of the Kampala Amateur
Dramatic Society, and an executive member of the National Theater Guild. His
works include A Time of Fire (1999), Between You and Me
and The Woman in Me. He is participating courtesy of the U.S.
Department of State.
Nori NAKAGAMI (NOHR-ee NAH-kah-GAH-mee; fiction writer, Japan; b.1971, Tokyo)
grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo before moving to California and Hawaii for
high school and university. She published her first book A Red Flower
of Ayawaddy in 1999. The same year her first novel, Kanojo no
Purenka, was awarded the Subaru Prize for literature. Now back in Tokyo,
Nakagami writes articles for major magazines and newspapers. Her most recent
novel, Paradise was published in 2001; another, Akuryo,
is forthcoming. She is participating courtesy of the Freeman Foundation.
Freedom NYAMUBAYA (FREE-dum nyam-oo-BAI-ah; poet, Zimbabwe; b. 1958, Murehwa)
is the author of On the Road Again (1986) and Dusk of Dawn
(1995), both published in English; and co-author of Ndangariro
(1987). Her work expresses ideas few dare voice, given the current political
situation in Zimbabwe. She was once a member of the Zimbabwe Liberation Army
in Mozambique, and now is the program director for Management Outreach Training
Service for Rural and Urban Development. She is participating courtesy of
the U.S. Department of State.
Gideon NYIRENDRA (GIH-dee-un nee-RREN-drah; poet, Zambia; 1963, Ndola) is
a freelance journalist for the Community Voice and the Zambian Citizen newspapers
in Lusaka. Established poet, former president of the Poetry Society of Zambia
and dedicated student of Human Rights Law, Nyirendra has been helping to advance
every form of Zambian literature. He is participating courtesy of the U.S.
Department of State.
Charleson Lim ONG (CHARL-son LIM ONG, fiction writer, Philippines; b. 1960,
Manila) is professor of literature at the Department of English and Comparative
Literature at the University of the Philippines. He has edited both The China
Post (Taipei) and The Daily Globe (Philippines), and is the author of Men
of the East and Other Stories, Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories,
Conversion and Other Fictions and An Embarrassment of Riches.
He received the Philippines 1990 National Book Award for Fiction. He is participating
courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Alvin PANG (AL-vin PANG; poet, Singapore; b. 1972, Singapore) is the author
of Testing the Silence (1997) and the co-editor of two poetry
anthologies. His poems and critical essays have appeared in a number of magazines,
journals, and anthologies. Pang serves on a number of literary committees
and arts councils and as the editor for several online literary websites,
including the Poetry Billboard ( http://www.poetrybillboard.com ), which features
Singapore writers. He is participating courtesy of the Singapore National
Antonio José PONTE (an-TOHN-ee-oh hoh-SAY PON-tay; fiction writer,
poet, Cuba; b. 1964, Matanzas) studied at the University of Havana, worked
as an engineer and then as a screenwriter. He has published prize-winning
collections of poetry and essays and a book of short fiction in English translation
In the Cold of the Malecon and other Stories; a second collection
of stories will appear this fall, Tales from the Cuban Empire.
An interview with the author can be found at the City Lights website: http://www.citylights.com/ponte.html.
Ponte is participating in the IWP courtesy of the William B. Quarton International
Writing Program Scholarship.
Arif Bagus PRASETYO (ah-REEF BAG-oos PRAH-seh-TYO; poet, critic, translator,
Indonesia; b. 1971, Madiun) is an art curator and the editor of the Jakarta
literary journal Prosa (Prose). Winner of the national Sanggar Minum Kopi
Bali Award for poetry, Prasetyo has recently published two volumes of art
criticism, translations of Bharati Mukherjee and Octavio Paz, and his own
selected poems, entitled Mahasukka (2000). He is participating
courtesy of the Open Society Institute.
Dorit RABINYAN (DOH-rit rah-BIN-yen; fiction writer, poet, Israel; b. 1972
Kefar Saba) is the author of Persian Brides (1995), which won
the Yitzhak Vinner Prize for debut literature, the Golden Book Award, and
the Platinum Book Award, and The Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Award in London..
The book has been translated into 15 languages, including English. In 1997,
her television script Shuly's Fiancé was directed by Doron
Zabari, and won The Israeli Academy Award as the years best drama. Her
second novel Strand of a Thousand Pearls (1999) was also published
to great acclaim, winning the Golden and Platinium Awards, as well as the
Eshkol Award. and is available in English and a dozen other languages. She
is at work on a third novel. She is participating courtesy of the US-Israel
Elie RAJAONARISON (EH-lee-eh RADZ-ah-OH-nah-REE-sun; poet, Madagascar; b.
1951 Ambatondrasaka) founded Sandratra, an association of young Malagasy poets,
and joined with others to found the Malagasy National Committee of ICOMOS
(International Council on Monuments and Sites). In addition to his work as
a poet -- Rajaonarison has authored many poetry collections, including Voyage
Sur Les Hautes Terres (Trip to the Highlands, 2002) -- he makes translations,
contributes to local newspapers and often appears on radio and television
programs. He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Piotr SOMMER (pee-OHTR SOHM-mayr; poet, translator, Poland; b. 1948, Walbrzych)
is a poet, critic and editor of the monthly Literatura na wiecie. He has translated
the works of John Ashbery, John Berryman, Seamus Heaney, and numerous other
American and Anglo-Irish poets, while many of his own poems, translations
and critical works have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Ploughshares,
and the Times Literary Supplement. A collection, Things to Translate
and Other Poems (1991), is available in English. His most recent book
is Piosenka pasterska (1999). He is participating courtesy of
the Jurzykowski Foundation.
Michael ZELLER (mi-KHAYL TSEL-ler; fiction writer, Germany; b. 1944, Wrocaw,
Poland) is the author of Follens Heritage: A German (Hi)Story
(1986), The Man Who Comes Again (1990), Café Europa
(1994), and Kropp: A Revenge (1996), as well as many short stories,
essays and poems. He has been writer-in-residence at New York University and
artist-in-residence at the University of Erfurt/Thuringia. He is participating
courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.