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Aug. 24, 2007

2007 IWP events begin with readings Aug. 31 and Sept. 2

A busy schedule of public events during the 40th-anniversary residency of the University of Iowa International Writing Program will begin with readings at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Paul Engle Lounge of the Shambaugh House; and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, in the Prairie Lights bookstore.

The Aug. 31 reading will feature Argentine poet and critic Elena Bossi and Haitian fiction writer Beaudelaine Pierre. The Shambaugh House is located at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the UI campus.

In the Sept. 2 reading, South African fiction writer and poet Tom Dreyer and Bosnian/German fiction writer Sasa Stanisic will be joined by UI writing fellow Matt Davis, a recent graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program. Prairie Lights is located at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Light refreshments will be provided.

Biographies of the IWP writers are available at A description of the program and the 2007 residency period is available at

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 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

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

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