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Sept. 22, 2004

IWP Panel Considers 'Writing in Dialogue: Criticism, Translation, Literature'

Four participants in the 2004 International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will discuss "Writing in Dialogue: Criticism, Translation, Literature" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Meeting Room A of the expanded Iowa City Public Library.

The free event will feature poet K.V. Tirumalesh (India), poet and critic Sulkhan Zhordania (Georgia), poet and essayist Samson Oke Akombi (Cameroon), poet/translator Maung Tha Noe (Burma) and poet/translator Aazam Abidov (Uzbekistan).

The event will be simulcast on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast.

Biographies of the IWP writers are at

Thirty-nine writers representing 28 countries will be in residence at the UI 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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