The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 12, 2003

Russian Fiction Writer Selected As UI International Programs Writer-In-Residence

Award-winning Russian fiction writer Victoria Fomina will serve as the 2004 International Programs Writer-in-Residence. Through this program, world-renowned writers travel around Iowa to conduct readings and workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers and other public venues. There is no cost to sponsor a talk. Fomina will be in Iowa through April 1.

This program is made possible by the University of Iowa International Programs and through funding by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

"This is an opportunity for an international author to share her unique perspectives and gift of writing with the state," said Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator. During her visits to various venues, Fomina will read from her own works, talk about the art of writing and discuss her home culture and the role of the writer in her culture and her own experiences in the United States.

Considered a rising-talent in Moscow literary circles, Fomina was nominated for one of the highly regarded "Anti-Booker" awards in 1999 and received critical acclaim for her recently published collection of short stories.

Fomina has also received awards in two Internet literary competitions. Her stories have been translated into Italian and German and are included in a recent German anthology of the best prose by young Russian writers. Her readings on the radio programs "Liberty" and "Resonance" are very popular with Russian audiences. Her work has appeared in prestigious Russian journals, including "Znamya," "Druzhba Narodov," "Vremya," "My," and "Strelets."

Fomina was educated at the Moscow Literary University and the Moscow Art Theater School. She is a member of the Union of Writers of Moscow. She participated in The UI International Writing Program several years ago.

For more information or to set up a workshop or speaking engagement, contact Quintero at 319-335-0345 or To view Fomina's speaking schedule, please visit

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Kent Nguyen