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Oct. 8, 2004

IWP Writers From Turkey, Japan Read Oct. 24 At Prairie Lights

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' workshop will present a joint reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will feature two writers in residence at the IWP -- poet, fiction writer and essayist Mahir Oztas from Turkey and poet Gozo Yoshimasu from Japan  -- who will be joined by a student from the Writers' Workshop.

Oztas, who holds a degree in architecture, is considered one of the most original voices in modern Turkish literature. Yoshimasu, a returning writer to the IWP, is not only an important presence on the Japanese literary scene, but has also exhibited his photographs and calligraphies internationally.

Full biographies of the IWP writers are at <>.

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, will be in residence at the University of Iowa during the first three months of the academic year as participants in the IWP. The IWP is a unique residency program that each year promotes international understanding by assembling a "United Nations of writing" at the UI. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

The Iowa Writers' Workshop is an academic program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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