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Sept. 14, 2007

Sept. 28 IWP reading features two Malaysian writers

Two writers from Malaysia will be featured when the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) presents a free reading at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

The reading will feature work by nonfiction writer and translator Al-Mustaqeem M. Radhi, and poet, fiction writer and nonfiction writer Malim Ghozali Pk.

Radhi has translated four volumes of nonfiction from English and Arabic into Malay, and in 2006 edited the treatise "Islam and Pluralism." He has managed political and economic journals at the Open Dialogue Center and the Institute for Policy Research, and he is now executive director of the Middle Eastern Graduate Centre in Kuala Lumpur. He participates in the IWP through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Ghozali Pk works in several literary genres, but he is currently at work on a new novel, "Daun" ('The Leaf'). His awards include an ESSO-GAPENA Literary Prize, a Public Bank Literary Award, the Berita Publications Literary Prize and two Malaysian Literary Prizes. He is attending the IWP through the support of the Literary Bureau of Malaysia.

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