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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 19, 2004

New Issue Of 91st Meridian May Now Be Accessed Online

A new issue of 91st Meridian, the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) electronic literary journal, may now be accessed online at

The issue -- volume 3, number 2 -- includes contributions by two of last fall's IWP residents, Gabor Szanto of Hungary and Minae Mizumura of Japan, as well as new translations of poems by Rene Char with an introduction by IWP director Christopher Merrill, stories by UI International Programs writer-in-residence Viktoria Fomina from Moscow, and a link to an essay by IWP veteran Viktor Pelevin, who has become one of Russia's most celebrated writers.

The journal is edited by IWP staff member Natasa Durovicova.

The 91st Meridian site also provides access to all the previous issues, as well as links to other IWP news and information, including links to the visiting writers' work and their public presentations while in residence at the UI.

The journal's cover page explains its purpose: "A meridian, in Paul Celan's memorable phrase, is 'the connective which, like the poem, leads to encounters.' And 91st Meridian is a place of encounters for poets and fiction writers, playwrights and essayists, readers from around the world. Just as imaginary geographical circles link disparate parts of the earth, so this online meridian will bring together writers from every coordinate on the map."

The IWP is a unique residency program that each fall assembles a community of writers from all over the globe on the UI campus in Iowa City.

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