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Sept. 30, 2005

IWP Presents Oct. 14 Reading By Writers From China and Malaysia

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading by novelist Chi Zijian from China and playwright Sandra Sodhy from Malaysia at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the University of Iowa campus. Refreshments will be available.

Chi, a graduate of the Lu Xun Academy in Beijing, has published more than 30 books. Her work presents the time-honored practices of her northern village of Mona from a feminist perspective. Her novels weave fragments of the old and new to show a rapidly changing country.

Sodhy is a founding member of Malaysia's foremost political satire troupe, the Instant Cafe Theater Company. She has performed in many productions for stage, on television and in films. She is also a promoter of commercial and charity stage productions, and a teacher of speech and English.

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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