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Oct. 10, 2007

International Writing Program presents free readings Oct. 19 and 21

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present free readings at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The Friday reading will feature Simone Inguanez, a poet and translator from Malta, and Lo Yichin, a poet and novelist from Taiwan. Both readings will be bilingual.

On Sunday, fiction and nonfiction writer Lawrence Pun from Hong Kong and Hungarian poet István László Geher will be joined by poet Alice Miller, a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Inguanez, the IWP's first participant from Malta, has published two collections of poetry, and some of her work is available in English, French and Finnish, with German translations forthcoming. She holds a degree in law from the University of Malta and has worked as an editor and translator. She participates in the IWP through the U.S. Embassy in Floriana.

Lo holds degrees from the Chinese Culture University and the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan. He has published 10 books of fiction and poetry, and his awards include a First Prize in Fiction from the China Times Literary Awards and a Taipei Literary Annual Award. His work is regularly named on the top 10 lists compiled by newspapers in Taiwan.

Geher holds degrees in Hungarian and English Literature from L. Eötvös University in Budapest. He has written five books of poetry and his translations of Larkin, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Hughes and Yeats have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. He received a fellowship to the International Writers' House in Rhodes, an NKA Literary Grant and the Radnóti Award for Poetry. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State is supporting his IWP residency.

Pun has written three novels and a number of nonfiction works. Among his awards are the Hong Kong Youth Literary Award, a Chinese Literature Creative Award, and the 7th Hong Kong Chinese Literary Biennial Award. His fiction appears regularly in journals and anthologies in Hong Kong and mainland China, and he teaches creative writing and cultural studies courses at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He participates in the IWP through the Asian Cultural Council.

Miller was the 2006-07 Glenn Schaeffer Fellow from New Zealand, where she has been a history teacher. She has also worked on treaty claims between the New Zealand government and Maori tribes. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and an anthology, and she has master's degree in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

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 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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