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Oct. 21, 2005

IWP Writers From South Korea And Japan Read Nov. 4 In Shambaugh House

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a reading by poet Kiwao Nomura from Japan and fiction writer Yoo Jae-Hyun from South Korea at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the University of Iowa campus.

Nomura, a graduate of the Waseda University Center for International Education, has published 10 books of poetry, most notably "Under the Sun without Character," which received the Rekitei Prize; "Distribution of the Wind," which won the Takami Jun Prize; and "New Inspiration," which earned the Gendaishi-Hanatsubaki Prize.

Yoo studied electronic engineering at Ajou University, and then devoted himself to Korea's labor movement, serving as chief editor for two national unions' publications. He made his literary debut in 1992 with "Rolling Stones" in the Korean magazine Creation & Criticism, and several stories followed. After a 10-year hiatus, he returned to writing with a novel, "Sihanoukville Stories," and two long essays, "The Sad Shadow of Mekong: Indochina" and "Sweet Tropics." He contributes articles, columns and serializations to various magazines.

Through the IWP 35 writers from 28 countries have been members of the UI community since late August. 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.

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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