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Sept. 7, 2007

Sept. 23 reading features writers from India and Greece

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading featuring Greek novelist and essayist Chris Chryssopoulos and fiction writer and essayist Kavery Nambisan from India, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

They will be joined by Joseph Bradshaw, a graduate student in the poetry section of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the chapbook "How Birds Become."

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 website is

Nambisan has worked as a surgeon in rural areas throughout India, and she currently runs a medical center for workers in Maharashtra state and a learning center for their children. Her literary production includes five widely read novels and several children's books -- one of which won a UNICEF-CBT Award -- as well as articles on healthcare issues for the Indian press.

Both writers are in residence at the IWP through 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 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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