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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM PRESENTS SEPT. 25 PANEL, SEPT. 29 READING
(Broadcasters: Pronunciations are available at < http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRITmain.html
The International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion,
at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public
Library; and a joint reading with the University of Iowa Writers Workshop
at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City.
Participants in the panel, Part II on the topic, Why I Write What I
Write and How I Write What I Write, will be Brazilian poet and translator
Narlan Matos, West Bank poet Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Russian playwright Ksenia
Dragunskaya, poet and translator Sukrita Kumar from India, Zambian poet Gideon
Myirendra, Burmese fiction writer Chit Oo Nyo and Polish poet Marzanna Kielar.
The writers biographies are accessible at < http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRITmain.html
The Sunday reading will feature Bulgarian poet, fiction writer and screenwriter
Ina Grigorova, Philippine fiction writer Charlson Ong, and poet Shane McCrae,
a student in the Writers Workshop.
Grigorova was described by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh
as the Princess of the Sophia underground. She 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.
Ong is a 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.
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
falls program includes 36 writers from 30 countries.
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