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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 28, 2003

International Writing Program Launches Busy Schedule Of Public Events

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will launch a busy fall schedule of free public events with a panel discussion, "Fantasy and Reality," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Iowa City Public Library; a reading by four Asian IWP participants at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the UI Shambaugh House; and the first of a series of joint IWP/Writers' Workshop readings at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

To keep up-to-date on the evolving schedule of IWP public events -- which is certain to expand and change throughout the residency -- visit and frequently.

The "Fantasy and Reality" panel will feature Polish philosopher and essayist Agata Bielik-Robson; Argentine poet, novelist and translator Leopoldo Brizuela,; Korean poet, critic and translator Jeong Han-Yong; and Vietnamese poet and visual artist Hoang Ly. They will address questions including: What role do fantasy and reality have in contemporary literature? And does culture dictate the degree to which these shape writing, or does the presence of one or the other have more to do with imagination and personal artistic sensibility?

The Friday Shambaugh House reading will feature Mongolian poet and scholar Dashnyam Luvsandamba; Hoang Ly from Vietnam; Burmese poet, scholar and fiction writer Maung Swan Yi; and Chinese poet, fiction writer and painter Yan Li.

In the Sunday reading at Prairie Lights Irish non-fiction writer Paddy Woodworth and Polish poet Marcin Sendecki will be joined by a student from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence are available at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Media: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, International Writing Program director Christopher Merrill, 319-335-2609 or 515-770-1396,