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Oct. 15, 2004

IWP Writers From New Zealand, Georgia Read At Prairie Lights Oct. 31

Two writers participating in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) -- poet and fiction writer Sulkhan Zhordania from the Republic of Georgia and fiction writer, poet and playwright Vivienne Plumb from New Zealand -- will read from their work at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. They will be joined by a student from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

The event will be the final reading in a series of IWP/Writers' Workshop collaborations this fall.

Zhordania is a professor of English at the International Black Sea University and Tbilisi State University, where he teaches American literature, the short story, drama and stylistics. Plumb won the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and the Hubert Church Award; and she is also an actor and founding member of the Women's Play Press.

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.

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