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Aug. 25, 2006

IWP, Writers' Workshop Present Joint Reading Sept. 10

International Writing Program (IWP) participants Mathilde Walter Clark from Denmark and James Norcliffe (photo, left) from New Zealand will be joined by University of Iowa Writers' Workshop student Kevin Gonzalez in a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

A prominent columnist and TV critic, Clark has published the novel "Thorsten Madsen's Ego" (2004), and the short-story collection "Disorder of Things" (2005). She was awarded the 2005 Discovery of the Year in Literature by Carlsbergfonden, and a major grant in 2006 from the Danish Art Foundation. She is participating in the IWP courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen.

Norcliffe, the president of the New Zealand Poetry Society, has published five collections of poetry, most recently "Along Blueskin Road" (2005), a collection of short stories and five novels for young adults, among them "The Assassin of Gleam" (2006). His writing has appeared widely in New Zealand and the United States, and his prizes include the Lilian Ida Smith Award (1990), the Robert Burns Fellowship (2000) and the Christchurch Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award (2003). He is participating in the IWP courtesy of the Arts Council of New Zealand.

Gonzalez, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, won Playboy magazine's annual College Fiction Contest with his story "Statehood," which appeared in the October 2005 issue. He is also an avid boxing fan, and has written widely about the sport.

Clark and Norcliffe 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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