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Oct. 5, 2007

Oct. 14 reading will feature writers from Australia and Montenegro

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading featuring resident writers from Australia and Montenegro at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The IWP writers -- novelist, journalist and nonfiction writer Lindsay Simpson from Australia and the program's first representative of Montenengro, fiction writer Ognjen Spahic -- will be joined by poet Caroline Manring, a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Simpson spent 12 years as an investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and in 1999 was the founding member of the journalism and media studies program at the University of Tasmania. The author of six books of nonfiction, she currently lectures on journalism and writing at James Cook University. In 2006 she published her first novel, "The Curer of Souls." Her participation in a portion of the IWP residency is independently funded.

Spahic studied civil engineering and philosophy at the University of Montenegro. He has one novel, which won a 2005 Mesha Selimovic Award, and two collections of short stories. He works as journalist for the independent daily press, Vijesti, in Podgorica. Spahic is participating in the IWP through the support of 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

Manring attended Cornell University, where she studied English and ornithology -- including field work in Hawaii -- and won a Dorothy Sugarman Poetry Prize.

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 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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