University of Iowa News Release
Oct. 6, 2003
IWP Festival Explores 'Landscape And Literature' Oct. 10-12
The University of Iowa International Writing Program will host "Landscape and Literature," the 2003 edition of the Annual International Writing Program Festival, Oct. 10-12, primarily in the Iowa Memorial Union. All the events in the festival are free and open to the public.
The IWP Festival is built around Iowa's official Paul Engle Day -- the Oct. 12 birthday of the co-founder of the UI's unique residency program for global writers. This fall's subject, "Landscape and Literature," is especially appropriate, because Engle was a poet who robustly celebrated the Iowa land and landscape.
The Paul Engle Memorial Lecture will be presented by novelist and essayist Scott Russell Sanders at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Room 101 of Biology Building East. Sanders' books include "In Limestone Country," "Terrarium," "The Country of Language" and "Secrets of the Universe."
Through nature hikes, panel discussions, readings, visual presentations, neighborhood tours, lectures and films, "Landscape and Literature" will "investigate that mysterious space where imagination and the land converge."
The weekend's many presenters and participants will include regional writers, environmentalists, farmers and naturalists, as well as IWP writers-in-residence and other artists whose works portray strange and distant landscapes.
The exhibition of landscape and floral photography by Iowa City artists Sheri Seggerman and Timothy Edberg, which has been on view in the Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets, will continue through the festival.
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"LANDSCAPE AND LITERATURE"
FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER
1 p.m. -- "Little Things: Writing on the Prairie": Christopher
3:20 p.m. -- "Agriculture, Farming, and Rural Communities: Social, Spiritual, and Literary Perspectives"
7 p.m. "Writing from the Region," A Literary Reading: Mary Swander, Michael Carey, Ray Young Bear
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER
9 a.m. -- Bus tour of Iowa City neighborhoods: "Story Telling in the Urban Environment, " Jim Throgmorton. Leaves from IMU.
1 p.m. -- Slideshow: Joni Kinsey
2 p.m. -- Iowa Panel
3 p.m. -- International Writing Program Talk: Won-Chung Kim, L. Dashnyam
4 p.m. -- Reading: David Hamilton
5 p.m. -- Reading: James Alan McPherson
8 p.m. -- Paul Engle Memorial Reading: Scott Russell Sanders, in 101 Biology Building East
SUNDAY 12 OCTOBER
9 a.m. -- Fieldtrip to Red Bird Farm. Leaves from IMU.
12:45 p.m. -- "German Romanticism, Caspar David Friedrich, and the Landscape as Seen": David Klemm
1:45 p.m. -- Reading: James Galvin, Marilynne Robinson
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MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, email@example.com
PHOTOS of the photo exhibition are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.