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Sept. 6, 2007

Sept. 21 reading features South Korean and Mongolian writers

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus. The featured writers will be South Korean poet Ra Heeduk and Mongolian fiction writer, poet and nonfiction writer G. Ayurzana.

Ra, who received her doctorate in Korean language and literature from Yonsei University in 2006, has written five books of poetry, a collection of essays and a volume of literary criticism. A faculty member of Chosun University in Kwangju, she is participating in the IWP through the support of Arts Council Korea.

Ayurzana, a graduate of the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, has published six books of poetry, two collections of short stories, several nonfiction books and three novels. Twice a winner of the National Literary Award Altan Od (Golden Feather), Ayurzana is attending the IWP through funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at 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 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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