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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 24, 2004

Writers From Cameroon And Oman Read In Shambaugh House Oct. 8

Poets Asim Al Saidi from Oman and Samson Oke Akombi from Cameroon will read from their work at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, presented by the International Writing Program (IWP), is free and the public is invited to attend.

Read their biographies, and the biographies of all the 2004 IWP participants, at Akombi's biography includes a link to samples of his writing. Al Saidi is the first participant from Oman in the 36-year history of the IWP.

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, will be in residence at the University of Iowa during the first three months of the academic year 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.

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.

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