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Aug. 30, 2006

IWP Writers From South Korea Will Read At UI Shambaugh House Sept. 15

Two international Writing Program (IWP) writers from South Korea, novelist Byoung-Yong Kim and poet/essayist Choi Jung Lae, will read from their works at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Paul Engle Lounge of the Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus.

Kim is the author of the novels "Their Guns" (1993) and "Blooming Flowers" (1997), and he has taught literature and creative writing at several South Korean colleges and universities. In 2006 he published his latest short story collection, "How Do Dogs Laugh?" He is the chief researcher of the Choi Myung-Hee Literary Museum and an adjunct professor at the Jeonju National University of Education. He is in residence at the IWP through the support of the Arts Council Korea.

Choi has published four books of poetry, most notably "Tigers in the Sunlight," which received the Kimdaljin Literary Prize in 1999, and "Red Dry Field," which won the Isu Literary Prize in 2003. She holds a doctorate in Korean modern poetry from Korea University, where she has recently lectured. She has also served as a research professor at Jeonju University, located in Jeollabuk-do. She participates in the IWP courtesy of the Korean Literature Translation Institute.

They are among the 29 writers, representing 22 countries, in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers, along with samples of their writing, 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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