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Release: Sept. 26, 2002

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IWP Writers Discuss 'Fantasy And Reality' In Oct. 9 Panel

Participants in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) will discuss "Fantasy and Reality" in a free panel at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The discussion will be carried on the library's local cable channel.

The IWP and the Writers' Workshop will also present a joint reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Sunny Ayewanu of Nigeria and former Zimbabwean freedom fighter Freedom Nyamubaya will be joined by Writers' Workshop student Felicity Thompson.

Participants in the Oct. 9 panel will be S. Diwakar of India, Ed Carey from the United Kingdom, Ksenia Dragunskaya from Russia, Hugo Chaparro from Colombia, Chit Oo Nyo of Burma and Guillermo Martinez from Argentina.

IWP 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.

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