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Sept. 21, 2007

Oct. 5 reading features visitors from Northwestern

Two visitors to the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) from Northwestern University will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

The reading will feature Reginald Gibbons, a poet, fiction writer, translator and literary critic; and poet and critic Ilya Kutik.

Kutik has published five volumes of poetry and translations, most recently "The Death of Tragedy," and three books of essays and criticism. At Northwestern he teaches courses in Russian and Scandinavian literature, film and visual arts in the department of Slavic languages and literatures.

Gibbons is a faculty member in Northwestern's department of English and classics, where he edited TriQuarterly magazine for 16 years. He is the author of 30 books, most recently an edited collection of the autobiographical writings of William Goyen, "Goyen: Autobiographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews." His eighth collection of poems will be published in 2008, and he has also written several poetry chapbooks.

He has held Guggenheim and NEA fellowships in poetry, and he has won the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize and the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2004 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. His work was included in "Best American Poetry" and "Pushcart Prize" anthologies.

Kutik and Gibbons are working together on a book about contemporary and 20th-century Russian poetry.

Their visit, in which they will participate in the UI Translation Workshop, coincides with the visit of several Russian writers through the Open World initiative. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging political and civic leaders from participating countries to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy and free enterprise at the local level.

Biographies of all the IWP writers, including the Open World participants, 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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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,