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Aug. 27, 2008

International Writing Program writers from Greece and Cyprus read Sept. 5

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free, all-Mediterranean reading, with light refreshments, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St. The readers will be fiction writer/lawyer Yorgos Trillidis from Cyprus and fiction writer/screenwriter Ioannis Skaragas from Greece.

Skaragas has published four novels, including "Epiphania," which recently appeared in a French translation. He has spent the past decade writing for Greek television and radio, and his short stories, essays and other writings appear regularly in literary journals and newspapers throughout the Hellenic world and Europe.

The Greek Cultural Center of New York has chosen the theatrical adaptation of his English novel "Prime Numbers" to celebrate its 30th anniversary. He participates in the IWP through the support of the Fulbright Foundation of Greece.

Trillidis has published two short story collections, winning the Young Writer's State Prize from the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus. Some of his stories have been adapted for short films, and his articles and short stories appear regularly, especially the Phileleftheros newspaper.

He participates in the IWP through the support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus.

Biographies of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

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.

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