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Oct. 7, 2005

IWP Presents Reading By Its First Writers From Kazakhstan And Kosova

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading by two writers who are the program's first representatives of their countries -- fiction writer Anna Rogozhnikova from Kazakhstan and poet/playwright Edi Shukriu from Kosova -- at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets on the University of Iowa campus. Refreshments will be available.

Rogozhnikova studied Russian philology at Almaty State University and English philology at the Kazakh State University of Foreign Languages. She is an editor at Cosmo Kazakhstan magazine and contributes short stories to Apolinary magazine.

Shukriu, one of the first Kosovar women to publish poetry in the Albanian language, teaches archeology and ancient history at the University of Pristina. Her literary work includes seven books of poetry and the plays "The Return of Eurydice" and "Little Red Riding Hood from the 'Hood." She has served in the Kosovar Parliament, as a diplomat in the foreign ministry and as a member of the presidency of the Democratic League of Kosova. She established the region's first women's democratic organization, the Women's Forum, and co-founded the Democratic Alternative of Kosova.

Through the IWP 35 writers from 28 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP Web site,

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

Since 1967, more than a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including poets, fiction writers, dramatists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers. In 1995 the program was honored with the Governor's Award for distinguished service to the State of Iowa.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the UI. IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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