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Sept. 10, 2004

IWP Participants From Russia And Uzbekistan Read In Shambaugh House Sept. 24

Three of the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) participants from Russia and Uzbekistan -- playwright Natalya Zorozhbit from Russia, and poets Aazam Abidov and Sabit Madaliev from Uzbekistan -- will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 in Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus.

Madaliev is spending a year at the UI as the International Program's first Public Intellectual. Because of his dissenting views and controversial essays he was blacklisted and unable to work in his homeland, and obtaining a visa to come to Iowa required a nine-month process.

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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.

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 more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

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