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Oct. 8, 2004

IWP Writers From Burma, Nepal Read In Shambaugh House Oct. 22

International Writing Program (IWP) participants Maung Tha Noe from Burma and Amma Raj Joshi from Nepal will present a free reading from their work at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus.

As a poet and translator, Maung Tha Noe introduced modern poetry into Burmese literary circles in the 1960s. Joshi is the IWP's first participant from Nepal, where he is a poet, fiction writer and college teacher of literature and creative writing.

Read their full biographies, and the biographies of all the 2004 IWP participants, 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.

Shambaugh House, the headquarters of the IWP, is located 430 N. Clinton Street, at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets on the UI campus.

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