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Sept. 7, 2004

IWP Panel Discussions At Iowa City Public Library Begin Sept. 15

The annual series of International Writing Program (IWP) panel discussions in the Iowa City Public Library will begin with a discussion of "Fantasy and Reality" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the new Meeting Room A.

Participants will be Japanese fiction writer Shimada Masahiko, Egyptian fiction and sit-com writer Ahmed Al-Aidi, Bolivian fiction writer Giovanna Rivero, fiction writer Michal Hvorecky from Slovakia and Russian playwright and journalist Natalya Vorozhbit.

Biographies of 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.

Joint IWP panels will continue most Wednesdays through October.

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