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Aug. 29, 2008

Writers from New Zealand and Israel read Sept. 7

Fiction writer Brian Falkner from New Zealand and poet/fiction writer/translator/playwright Yael Globerman from Israel, participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be joined by Tom Macher, a fiction writer in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, in a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Falkner, who is attending the IWP through the support of Creative New Zealand, began his career in journalism and advertising, winning several national and international awards for his copywriting.

He published his first junior fiction novel, "Henry and the Flea," in 2003, attracting a nomination for the Esther Glen Medal and a "notable book" listing by the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand. Since then, he has published two more novels in the youth genre and is active as an advocate for children's literacy.

His U.S. debut is "The Tomorrow Code," which attracted a rave from Kirkus Reviews: "With a tautly constructed plot, this fast-paced and all-too-realistic thriller asks both protagonists and readers to consider the implications of humankind's exploitation of the earth and its possibly catastrophic repercussions. ... Exciting and thought-provoking, it will raise awareness of serious issues as it entertains."

His Web site is

Globerman was born in Tel Aviv to Holocaust-survivor parents who came to Israel from Poland. The author of a novel and two poetry collections, she has been honored with the ACUM Award for Poetry and the PAIS Award. She translated "A Soul's History: Selected Poems by Stephen Spender," and her Hebrew translations of Ann Sexton's poetry are forthcoming next year.

Globerman teaches creative writing at Oranim College, and scouts new fiction for Babel Publishing. She is attending the IWP through the support of the United States-Israel Education Foundation.

Biographies of all the 2008 IWP writers are accessible at

The evolving calendar of IWP 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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