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Release: Oct. 4, 2002

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Participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will be accessible to the public in a series of free events, Oct. 14-19:

-- Israeli writer Dorit Rabinyon will speak at noon Monday, Oct. 14, in the lounge of the UI International Center;

-- former IWP participant Gustav Murin from Slovakia will be the guest at the brown bag lunch event at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Iowa City Public Library;

-- several of the IWP writers will discuss “Para-Literary Careers” in panel at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, carried on the library’s local cable channel; and

-- several IWP participants will read at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in Shambaugh House, at the corner of Fairchild and Clinton streets.

The Wednesday panel will feature poet Alvin Pang from Singapore, poet Tomas Butkus from Lithuania, poet and fiction writer Freedom Nyamubaya from Zimbabwe, poet and translator Narlan Matos from Brazil, fiction writer and journalist Gordon McLauchlan from New Zealand and fiction writer Amma Darko from Ghana.

They will discuss the various ways in which writers support their writing, and how these careers have influenced their creative work. For example, Butkus is a designer and bookmaker at a publishing house, McLauchlan hosts a radio program, Nyamubaya is program director for Management Outreach Training Service for Rural and Urban Development in her home country, and Pang is an editor of literary websites.

The writers’ biographies are accessible on-line at < >.

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. This fall’s program includes 36 writers from 30 countries.

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