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Sept. 19, 2003

IWP Presents Janusz Bardach Memorial Reading Oct. 3

The International Writing Program will honor the memory of one of its steadfast friends at the University of Iowa, plastic surgery pioneer Janusz Bardach, with a reading at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the Paul Engle Memorial Lounge of the Shambaugh House on the UI campus.

Participants in the Janusz Bardach Memorial Reading will be Kate Gleeson, who collaborated with Bardach on his two volumes of memoirs, and three current IWP writers -- Polish essayist and philosopher Agata Bielik, Hungarian poet and fiction writer Gabor Szanto and Lithuanian poet and journalist Gintaras Grajauskas.

A pioneering plastic surgeon in the repair of cleft lips and palates, Bardach was chair of the UI Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology and founded the Division of Plastic Surgery. He also wrote 14 textbooks on reconstructive surgery. Bardach died in Iowa City in 2002.

With Gleeson, Bardach wrote "Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag," and the posthumously released follow-up, "Surviving Freedom: After the Gulag," which describe how as a young Polish Jew, Bardach survived the horrors of both war against the Nazis and the Stalinist gulags.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence at the IWP are available at, and the prepared comments of panel participants will be available on the IWP site.

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