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Aug. 30, 2007

International Writing Program presents Sept. 7 and 9 readings

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present free readings featuring writers from Syria, Indonesia, the Philippines and Russia, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The Friday reading will take place in the Paul Engle Lounge of the Shambaugh House, at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets on the UI campus, and the Sunday reading will be in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The Sept. 7 readers will be novelist/screenwriter Khaled Khalifa from Syria and poet/essayist Nirwan Dewanto from Indonesia. In the Sept. 9 reading, fiction writer Angelo Lacuesta from the Philippines and fiction writer/critic Ksenia Golubovich from Russia will be joined by UI Nonfiction Writing Fellow Steve McNutt.

Khalifa has written extensively for film and television and has published three novels in multiple editions in the Arab world. His honors include a 2007 award from the Ismaiiliyah International Festival for Documentaries and a 2005 Award for Best Script at the Valencia Film Festival. He is participating in the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Dewanto has published his essays and poems in numerous Indonesian journals, magazines, anthologies and newspapers; and he is also the editor of a newly published anthology of the best short stories of the Kompas Daily newspaper. He also participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Lacuesta, the literary editor of the Philippines Free Press, has published two collections of short stories in English, and a third collection is forthcoming in 2007, along with his first novel. He has received two National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle, the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and Philippine Graphic Magazine Literary Awards, and the NVM Gonzalez Award. His IWP participation is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Golubovich has published a poetry collection, a travelogue and a novel. She contributes essays on life in contemporary Russia to several newspapers and journals, including Logos, a philosophical magazine. She participates courtesy of the William B. Quarton Foundation.

Golubovich was a short-term guest of the IWP last year through the Open World Program. Read an interview with Golubovich at

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