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Aug. 23, 2006

IWP Writers From India, Sri Lanka Will Read At Shambaugh House Sept. 8

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading by Srijato Bandyopadhyay (photo, left) from India and Jagath Kumarasingh (photo, right) from Sri Lanka at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the Paul Engle Lounge of Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

Bandyopadhyay is one of the most prolific of the new generation of Bengali-language poets. He has published eight poetry collections, including "Flying Jokers" (2004), which won two literary awards, and "The Story of Katiusha" (2006). His poems have appeared in numerous magazines in West Bengal, and he edits the literary journal Jaruri Abastha [State of Emergency].

A fiction writer and translator, Kumarasinghe has worked as a journalist and advertising copywriter, mainly in the Sinhala language. After his retirement from copywriting, he joined the Beach Wadiya Writers Group and began writing short stories in English. In 2004 his collection, "Kider Chetty Street was awarded the Gratiaen Prize. 

Both writers are participating in the IWP courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

They are among the 30 writers, representing 23 countries, in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP website,

This year's roster of well-established poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, translators, editors, essayists, journalists, playwrights and literary critics includes writers from current news hot spots including Sri Lanka, Palestine and Iraq. All the world's populated continents are represented.

The IWP -- a unique program that has been described as "The United Nations of Writing" -- 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.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

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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