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Oct. 26, 2005

IWP And Writers' Workshop Present Final Joint Reading At Prairie Lights

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present the final event in their fall 2005 series of free readings at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Two writers in residence at the IWP -- poet and fiction writer Manju Kanchuli from Nepal and fiction writer Antonio Ungar from Colombia -- will be joined by Writer's Workshop student Edan Lepucki, a fiction writer.

Kanchuli is a lecturer in English and psychology at the Lalit Multiple Campus, and she is also a clinical therapist and counselor for trafficked women. She has published collections of both short stories and poems.

Ungar's collections of short stories are ranked among the most innovative pieces of Colombian literature in recent decades. He also writes for several Colombian magazines.

Lepucki, whose work has been published in Meridian, reports that her interests include dogs, Paris and filling out forms -- and she dreams of abandoning the loneliness of the writer's life to become a chef. She was the winner of a Margaret Goodwin Meacham Prize in English from Oberlin College and a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.

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 site,

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.

The Writers' Workshop is an academic program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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