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Oct. 26, 2005

On Nov. 9 IWP Participants Reveal Their 'Images Of America'

One of the most eagerly anticipated annual events on the International Writing Program calendar will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library. All the writers are invited to share their "Images of America" in response to both the fall residency in Iowa and to the effects of American culture and policies in their own countries and worldwide.

The event, the last in the IWP's series of 2005 panel discussions in the library, is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Biographies of the all writers participating in this year's IWP are accessible at

Through the IWP 35 writers from 28 countries have been members of the UI community since late August. 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, which functions as a United Nations of writers, stresses the common interests of writers everywhere, in an atmosphere that puts political differences into perspective. For writers who live under repressive regimes, the IWP has provided an unprecedented opportunity to write, speak and interact freely.

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

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