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Release: Sept. 13, 2002


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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 < >.

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 fall’s program includes 36 writers from 30 countries.

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