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Aug. 21, 2008

2008 International Writing Program events begin with Aug. 29 and 31 readings

The public events of the 2008 International Writing Program (IWP) residencies at the University of Iowa will begin with readings at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the Shambaugh House and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Prairie Lights Books.

The Aug. 29 reading, with refreshments, will feature journalist and emerging fiction writer Dina Gudym from Kazakhstan and poet, teacher, fiction writer, editor and essayist Ruby Rahman from Bangladesh.

The Aug. 31 event will begin a fall series of Sunday readings at Prairie Lights featuring IWP writers together with graduate students in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The IWP will be represented by poet and essayist Xudong Hu from China and fiction writer/midwife Glaydah Namukasa from Uganda.

Biographies and writing samples of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at

Shambaugh House, the headquarters of the IWP, is located at 430 N. Clinton St. Prairie Lights Books is located at 15 S. Dubuque St.

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 Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Read an overview of the 2008 IWP at

The residencies of all four writers are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hugh Ferrer, IWP,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,