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Oct. 10, 2003

IWP Presents Oct. 15 Reading By Prominent Korean Writers

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), in cooperation with the Daesan Foundation, will present a free reading by three prominent Korean writers at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in Room 101 of Biology Building East on the UI campus.

Featured will be novelist Hwang Seok-Young; poet Hwang Ji-Woo, an "alumnus" of the IWP; and poet/ translator Ethan W. Kim, currently in residence at the IWP.

Hwang Seok-Young, one of the leading contemporary Korean writers, is the author of books including "Kekji" (A strange land) and "Jang Gil San" (A novel in a series of 10 books). His works have been translated into many languages in Japan, China, Taiwan, the United States and France.

Hwang visited North Korea in 1989 and afterwards went into exile in Germany and the United States. He returned to South Korea in 1993 and was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the National Security Law. He was released after five years on a special pardon by the government.

Hwang Ji-Woo has been one of South Korea's leading poets for more than two decades. He has published five books of poetry, and he is also a fine arts critic and playwright. In the fall 2000 he was the Korean representative to the IWP.

Ethan W. Kim, a professor of English Literature at Sungkyunkwan University, received his doctorate from University of Iowa. He has been awarded a Korean Literature Translation Institute Grant and a Daesan Foundation Award. He and IWP Director Christopher Merrill are currently translating the works of Hwang Ji-woo. He is attending the IWP through the support of the Freeman Foundation.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world. This year, 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

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