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Sept. 15, 2005

Sept. 28 IWP Panel Considers Writing In An English-Dominated World

Writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program will consider "The pleasures, challenges and politics of writing and reading across several languages in the era/ear of global English," in a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library.

The panelists will be Wendy Wright (Australia), Zoltan Pek (Hungary), Marjan Strojan (Slovenia) and Nadia Abduljabbar (Saudi Arabia). Biographies of the panelists and other writers participating in the IWP this fall are accessible on the IWP Web page,

The event is part of 'Lost and Found in Translation,' a series of discussions, readings and lectures featuring writers and prominent translators, presented this fall by the IWP. A full schedule of the "Lost and Found" events is included on the IWP Web site.

Through the IWP 36 writers from 29 countries will be members of the UI community for the next three months. 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 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 under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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