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Oct. 12, 2007

International panel considers 'Writing as Philosophy and Craft' Oct. 26

Writers in residence with the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will discuss "Writing as Philosophy and Craft" at noon Friday, Oct. 26, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The participating writers will be Elena Bossi from Argentina, Chris Chryssopoulos from Greece, Penelope Todd from New Zealand, Alexander Ulanov from Russia and Beaudelaine Pierre from Haiti.

Bossi has written one collection of poetry and several volumes of literary criticism. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and journals, and she has received fellowships from the University of Urbino (Italy) and the Secretariat of Culture in Argentina. She is attending the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Chryssopoulos is among the most prolific young prose writers on the Greek literary scene. He has written four novels, a collection of short stories, a novella and, with Diane Neumaier, an exhibition catalogue and artist book. His work is available in five languages and he has been awarded grants in Europe and the United States. His web site is

Todd writes fiction for youth and adults and also works as an editor in New Zealand's southernmost city, Dunedin. The final installment of her young adult Watermark trilogy was published this year and a memoir is forthcoming in 2008. She is attending the IWP through Creative New Zealand. Visit her web site at

Ulanov, is a professor of aircraft engine design at Samara State Aerospace University. He is also active on the Russian literary scene, with nearly 350 publications to his credit, including poetry, short fiction, and articles on modern Russian and foreign literatures. More information can be found at He is visiting the UI through CEC-Artslink.

Pierre is the author of three novels and won first prize in the 2002 Best Creole-Language Novel Contest sponsored by the newspaper Bon Nouvel in Port-Au-Prince. She is at the IWP with the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of 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 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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