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Oct. 15, 2007

International Writing Program presents free reading Oct. 28

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading featuring Lebanese fiction writer and journalist Iman Humaydan Younes and Kenyan fiction writer and poet Peter Kimani at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Humaydan Younes has published two critically acclaimed novels and her third will be released in 2008. She is also a journalist, researcher and anthropologist, and a founding member of the Anthropological Society in Lebanon. She is attending the IWP through the support of the U.S. State Department.

Kimani's first novel, "Before the Rooster Crows," was published in 2002 to wide acclaim. He is the managing editor of the Kenyan national paper, the Saturday Times, while working on his second novel. He is in residence through a private gift to the IWP.

Younes and Kimani will be joined by poet Lucas Bernhardt, a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Bernhardt has contributed to Sepia Poetry Magazine, The Long Islander, The Poet's Page, Poephysics and other publications. He received a bachelor's degree in English and master's degrees in English and writing from Portland State University. He is also the singer/songwriter of the folk/indie band Cuspidor.

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.

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

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