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Oct. 13, 2005

IWP Presents Bilingual Reading By Exiled Writer Ndongo-Bidyogo Oct. 28

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a bilingual reading by Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, a journalist and editor from Equatorial Guinea at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the University of Iowa campus.

Ndongo-Bidyogo is a visiting scholar at the University of Missouri, in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He was twice exiled from his home country and found political asylum in Spain.

"Exile is very hard because it only lets you live in memories," he says, "but I have had the opportunity to convert those memories and dreams into literature."

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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