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Sept. 20, 2004

Russian Authors, Poets Share Insights At Two Public Events Sept. 27, 28

Three prominent Russian literary figures will lecture and present readings to the public at two separate events Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27 and 28, as part of the first-ever visit of creative writers through the U.S. Congress-sponsored Open World Culture Leaders Program in conjunction with the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP). Support for the cultural program is provided through partnership and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Yekaterina Olegovna Sadur, Dmitriy Vladimirovich Kuzmin and Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Ulanov will speak about "Why I Write, What I Write, and How I Write: Insight into the Minds of Three Russian Authors" at this year's kick off of the International Mondays lecture series, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the International Center Lounge. This lecture, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

These contemporary authors and poets will also read from their current works and discuss literary dynamics in Russia during an informal evening reception Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. The readings will be followed by a question/answer session. This event is sponsored by IWP with support from UI International Programs and the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).

Sadur is a fiction writer and playwright and has been writing professionally for 11 years. Sadur's fiction has enjoyed publication in Russia and abroad, and her plays are frequently performed in Moscow. She describes her work as an interaction between the interior world of the self and the world around.

Kuzmin is a poet, critic, translator and publisher and has been writing professionally for 11 years. He is the winner of the Arion Prize for poetry and the Andrey Bely Prize for critical essays. A longtime proponent of unique and radical poetic voices and an openly gay writer, Kuzmin is a somewhat controversial figure in Russia. Currently, he is deputy chief editor of Column Publishing House, which publishes works by contemporary Russian writers.

Ulanov is a poet, writer, critic and translator who currently is an associate professor of Aircraft Engine Design at the Samara State Aerospace University in Russia. Although he does not consider writing to be his principal occupation, he has more than 250 publications to his credit, including works of poetry, short fiction, book reviews, articles on modern Russian literature, and translation works.

"Writing in Russia right now has evolved and changed so much in the last 15 years. A lot of the new ideas that are evolving, especially in literature and plays, wouldn't have been five to 10 years ago," said Meredith Good, one of the event organizers.

The Open World Program was designed to increase mutual understanding between Russia and the United States and to support Russia's effort to strengthen its democratic reforms. In November 2003, Open World hosted Russian cultural leaders for the first time. The Open World Leadership Center awards grants to a range of U.S.-based nonprofit and governmental organizations to host Open World delegations. The Center selects its host organizations annually through a competitive grants process conducted according to federal guidelines.

For more information on the International Mondays Sept. 27 lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

For more information on the Sept. 28 readings at the Iowa City Public Library, contact CREEES at 319-335-1439. For more information on the Open World writers, please contact IWP at 319-335-3856.

The IWP introduces talented individuals to American life, enables these individuals to take part in American university life, and provides writers with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences.

UI International Programs 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.

CREEES facilitates numerous close connections among departments and programs across the university and the region. The center works across a wide range of university units to create a coherent set of area related programs, which span from the arts to the professional schools, as well as to make possible a variety of educational and cultural events of benefit to the entire Midwest.

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, International Programs, 319-335-0345 and Kelly Bedeian, International Writing Program, 319-335-0128; Writer: Po Li Loo