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Oct. 14, 2004

IWP Veterans Kyomuhendo, Willemse To Read In Shambaugh House Oct. 18

Two prominent African writers, Goretti Kyomuhendo from Uganda and Hein Willemse from South Africa, both past participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Shambaugh House on the UI campus. The reading is free and the public is invited to attend.

Kyomuhendo is one of Uganda's pioneering female writers. In 1996 she was a founder member of the Ugandan Women Writers' Association FEMWRITE. She is the author of the novels "The First Daughter" and "Secrets No More," winner of the first prize from the National Book Trust of Uganda, and the children's book, "Different Worlds." She has also published short stories and writes regular columns for the Monitor and the Crusader.

Willemse is a Fulbright visiting professor at Grinnell College this academic year. His permanent position is head of the department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria. He is the author or editor of nine books, of which the latest is "More than Brothers: James Matthews and Peter Clarke at Seventy." His forthcoming book deals with issues of social and political identities in southern Africa. He is also a syndicated newspaper columnist and the editor-in-chief of the oldest peer-reviewed literary journal in South Africa, Tydskrif vir letterkunde.

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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