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Release: Sept. 23, 2002
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IWP PRESENTS INFLUENTIAL POET SALAMUN OCT. 2, AMONG OTHER EVENTS
University of Iowas International Writing Program (IWP) and Writers
Workshop will present a free reading by one of the most influential poets
of contemporary world literature, Tomaz Salamun from Slovenia, at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 2, in Room 221 of the UI Chemistry Building.
Other IWP events of the week will include a free panel discussion on The
Multi-Cultural Writer earlier the same day, at 3:30 p.m. in Meeting
Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The discussion will be carried live
on the librarys local cable channel.
Also on the IWPs schedule of public events is a reading by residency
participants at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in Shambaugh House; and a joint reading
with the UI Writers Workshop at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Prairie
Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City,
Tomaz Salamun has published more than 25 books, and his poetry is available
in English in Feast: Poems, The Four Questions of Melancholy:
New and Selected Poems, The Selected Poems of Tomaz Salamun,
and A Ballad for Metka Krasovec.
Poet Christopher Merrill, who is director of the IWP, comments, What
a strange turn of events that a poet who hails from a country of only two
million and writes in a language that very few Americans understand should
have such a profound impact on American poetry. But it is the case that Tomaz
Salamun is one of the most influential voices now speaking to younger American
Participants in the Oct. 2 panel will be Eddin Khoo from Malaysia, Cristian
Gomez from Chile, Dorit Rabinyan from Israel, Amma Darko from Ghana, Charlson
Ong from the Philippines, Narlan Matos from Brazil and Tomas Butkus from Lithuania.
The Friday evening reading at Shambaugh House will feature Chit Oo Nyo from
Burma, Tomas S. Butkus from Lithuania and Ksenija Dragunskaya from Russia.
The Sunday reading at Prairie Lights will feature the two IWP writers from
India, poets Sukrita Kumar and S. Diwakar. Also reading will be fiction writer
John Niekrasz, a student in the Writers Workshop.
The writers biographies are accessible on-line at < http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRITmain.html
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.
The Writers Workshop, another groundbreaking UI program, was the first
university program to grant academic credit for creative work in literature
and has been the prototype for the many college creative writing programs
that have transformed the terrain of American literary life.
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