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Sept. 12, 2008

International Writing Program presents free literary events on Sept. 26

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present two free literary events on Friday, Sept. 26: A panel discussion, "Writing in Translation/Writing Across Languages," at noon in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library; and a reading by Kyaw Win from Myanmar and Lee Jang Wook from South Korea at 5 p.m. in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St.

Participants in the panel will be Icelander Kristof Magnusson, who lives in Germany and has published Icelandic-German translations; Iranian poet Maryam Ala Amjadi, who now studies in India; Carlos Gamerro from Argentina, who translates from English into Spanish; Yael Globerman from Israel, who has Hebrew translations of Stephen Spender's and Anne Sexton's poetry forthcoming; and writer/lawyer Yorgos Trillidis from Cyprus, who studied creative writing in the U.K.

Lee has published two poetry collections and has also written a novel and two books of essays on poetry. He edits the South Korean quarterly, Changbi.

Kyaw Win is an active contributor to the Myanmar literary scene whose interests span a variety of cultural, economic and political issues. His translations include Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" and Joseph E. Stiglitz's "Making Globalization Work." In the 1980s and '90s, he founded and ran a private school in Monywa, and after three periods of imprisonment he became a freelance writer and a magazine editor.

Light refreshments will be available at the Shambaugh House reading.

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.

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