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Oct. 18, 2007

International writers' panel to discuss their 'Images of America' Nov. 2

Writers in residence with the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will discuss their "Images of America" at noon Friday, Nov. 2, 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 Sarge Lacuesta from the Philippines, Ognjen Spahic from Montenegro, Kim Reon from South Korea and Hamdy El-Ghazzar from Egypt. They will be followed by other writers ready to share their experiences from their stay in the United States.

The annual "Images of America" panel is usually casual and free-ranging, with many of the IWP participants contributing in an impromptu manner.

Biographies of the panel participants and the other 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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