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Release: Sept. 23, 2002

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Pronunciations for the IWP writers are available at
< >. Salamun is pronounced “sah-lah-MOON.”)


The University of Iowa’s 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 library’s local cable channel.

Also on the IWP’s 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 poets.”

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 < >.

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.

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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