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Aug. 31, 2007

International Writing Program presents readings Sept. 14 and 16

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present free readings featuring writers from Myanmar, South Korea, Israel and the Czech Republic at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. 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. 14 readers will be fiction writer and essayist Ket Mar from Myanmar and fiction writer Kim Reon from South Korea. In the Sept. 16 reading, fiction writer Alex Epstein from Israel and fiction writer Hana Andronikova from the Czech Republic will be joined by UI Writers' Workshop poetry graduate student Lee Posna, winner of the 2004 Peter Wood Creative Writer Award.

Khet, a freelance journalist in Yangon, is one of Myanmar's most active literary voices. She has published a novel, a volume of essays and a collection of short stories with three other women writers. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, was adapted into radio plays, and a story was made into a short film in Japan.

Kim is the author of six novels, one of which won the 1997 Hankyoreh Literature Award. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She participates in the IWP through the support of the Korean Literature Translation Institute.

Epstein is the author of three collections of short stories and three novels, and he was the winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Literature in 2003. He writes literary reviews for several newspapers and teaches creative writing in Tel Aviv. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State supports his residency in the IWP.

Andronikova, who works as an independent consultant in Prague, received the Magnesia Litera Award in 2002 for her first novel, and she went on to write a collection of short stories. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in Europe and the United States, including World Literature Today. She participates in the IWP through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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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