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Oct. 28, 2004

Bolivian Women Writers, Translation Focus Of Nov. 1 Discussion

Giovanna Rivero Santa Cruz, a Bolivian fiction writer, journalist and participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), and her translator, Kathy Leonard, will discuss their collaboration in both text and images at noon Monday, Nov. 1, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the UI campus. The talk's title is "The Creative Process: Bolivian Women Writers and Translation." Leonard is a professor of Spanish and Hispanic linguistics and director of Latin American Studies at Iowa State University (ISU).

The talk is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UI Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the IWP.

Rivero and Leonard have collaborated on a book project called "Sentir lo oscuro," which combines images and text. Leonard has translated Giovanna's work. They will discuss their collaborative efforts and the creative process.

Rivero teaches semiotics and scriptwriting at the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, her alma mater. She has published four short story collections: "Naming the Echo" (1994), "The Beasts" (1997), "The Owner of our Dreams" (2002) and  "To Feel the Dark" (2002). "The Beasts" won the 1997 Santa Cruz Municipal Prize for Literature. Her short fiction has been anthologized in "Antología del Cuento Feminino Boliviano" (1997), "Antología del Cuento Erótico Boliviano" (2000), "Voces de la Otra Orilla" (2000), and "The Fat Man from La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia" (2000). In 1993 she received her first two literary awards; her 1995 essay, "Latinoamérica: Pequeña Hermana Tierra," was selected for the Youth World Forum in Jerusalem. Her most recent work is "The Chameleons" (2002), an erotic novel. Rivero is a regular contributor to local and national newspapers.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Francesco Molinari with LASP at 319-335-0096 or by e-mail at, or by phone at 319-335-0096.

LASP is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Francesco Molinari, 319-335-0096