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Sept. 28, 2005

Oct. 12 IWP Panel Considers The Changing Boundaries Of Fantasy And Reality

Five of the writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program will discuss "Imagination/Fantasy/Reality: Are the Boundaries Changing?" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library.

The panelists will be fiction/non-fiction writer and translator Kyoko Yoshida (Japan), poet/fiction/non-fiction writer Van Cam Hai (Vietnam), fiction/non-fiction writer Josef Haslinger (Austria), poet and translator Laila Neihoum (Libya) and fiction writer/essayist Chi Zijian (China).

Through the IWP 36 writers from 29 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. 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. In 1995 the program was honored with the Governor's Award for distinguished service to the State of Iowa.

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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