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Release: Oct. 9, 2002

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International Writing Program Presents Reading And Theater Oct. 20

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present back-to-back events, a reading and a theatrical performance, on Sunday, Oct. 20 -- a joint reading with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at 5 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore, and “Global Express” in conjunction with the department of theatre arts at 7 p.m. in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

In the Prairie Lights reading, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, poet and journalist Eddin Khoo from Malaysia and poet Marjorie Evasco-Pernia from the Philippines will be joined by fiction writer Frances Peebles, a graduate student in the Writers’ Workshop.

Director Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the Playwrights Workshop, envisions “Global Express” as a step beyond the traditional play-reading event. The evening will include script excerpts by IWP writers Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Kesenjia Dragunskaya, Radostina Grigorova, Nihad Hasanovic, Narlan Matos, Charles Mulekwa, Alvin Pang and Michael Zeller, and Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop students Andrew Barrett, Cyndi Coyne, Sarah Hoeflich and Randy Noojin.

Included will be “The Lost King” by Mahmoud Abu Hashhash from the West Bank, “The House of Conception” by Ksenija Dragunskaya from Russia, “Black Diamond” by Charles Mulekwa from Uganda, “The Price of a Cigarette” by Radostina Grigorova from Bulgaria and an as-yet-untitled work by Nihad Hasanovic from Bosnia.

IWP poets will also participate: “Salt” and “S., While in Therapy” by Alvin Pang from Singapore and “Cannibal” by Narlan Matos from Brazil will be presented.

Fiction writer Michael Zeller from Germany will be represented by “Song of the Blackbirds” in a recording in German spoken by Hans-Guenter Brodmann.

Eddin Khoo will present something that is definitely not part of the usual American play reading: shadow puppetry from his homeland of Malaysia.

The IWP writers’ bios 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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