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Oct. 13, 2004

Oct. 27 IWP Panel Considers 'Writing and Politics'

Three writers participating in the 2004 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa -- poet and fiction writer Helon Habila from Nigeria, poet and fiction writer Amma Ray Joshi from Nepal, and poet and essayist Rajeevan Thachom Poyil from India -- will discuss "Writing and Politics" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Meeting Room A of the new Iowa City Public Library.

The event will be simulcast on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast.

Habila's debut novel concerned the difficulties of a journalist writing under military rule. Much of Joshi's work addresses issues of ecology. And Thachom Poyil writes essays on cultural issues in the Malayalam language, and also regularly writes newspaper columns.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are at

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, will be in residence at the University of Iowa during the next three months 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 120 countries have completed residencies in the program.

The final IWP panel will be Nov. 3.

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