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Sept. 5, 2007

Sept. 21 International Writing Program panel discusses Diaspora, exile

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion on "Writing for an Age of Migration, Diaspora, Exile" at noon Friday, Sept. 21, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library at 123 S. Linn St. in downtown Iowa City.

The participating writers will be Salman Masalha, an Israeli Arab who writes poetry in both Arabic and Hebrew; fiction writer and critic Ksenia Golubovich, whose family emigrated from Serbia to Russia; Tom Dreyer, a South African novelist and poet who writes in both English and Afrikaans; and poet and fiction writer Aziz Namzi Shakir-Tash of Bulgaria's Turkish minority.

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 a 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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,