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Sept. 23, 2005

IWP Guests From South Korea And Vietnam Read Oct. 7

Fiction writer Jung Young-Moon from South Korea and poet Van Cam Hai from Vietnam, guests in residence this fall in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, will read from their work at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the UI campus. Refreshments will be served.

Jung has translated more than 40 English titles into Korean. After publishing his novel "A Man who Barely Exists" and the collection "Black Chain Stories" he received the Dongseo Literary Award in 1999. In the last five years, he has published four more collections of stories, a novella and two novels.

Hai made his Vietnamese publishing debut in 1995 with a collection of poems "Man Who Tends the Waves." His work has appeared in several American publications, including Tinfish, the Literary Review, Vietnam Inside-Out: Dialogues, and the anthology "Three Vietnamese Poets." He has also written several works of prose. A member of the Vietnamese Association of Writers and of the Vietnamese Association of Journalists, Hai works for Viet Nam Television and has three times received the Gold Prize for his work on documentary films.

Through the IWP 36 writers from 29 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. Biographies and writing samples of all the writers are also accessible on the IWP 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 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 importance of the IWP to international understanding was recognized as early as 1976, when former senator, diplomat and UN Ambassador Averrill Harriman nominated founders Paul and Hualing Nieh Engle for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1995 the program was honored with the Governor's Award for distinguished service to the State of Iowa.

Nearly four decades of residencies have enabled the IWP to accumulate an unparalleled collection of resources on international literature, which have been organized in a library in the Shambaugh House. The IWP remains in contact with former participants, creating an unprecedented literary and intellectual network without national boundaries.

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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