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Sept. 19, 2008

IWP writers from Italy and Macedonia read Oct. 5 in Prairie Lights

Veronica Raimo of Italy and Nikola Madzirov of Macedonia, who are now in residence with the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. They will be joined by poet Elaine Kahn, a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

A poet, essayist and translator, Madzirov is the author of five collections of poetry and has won both the Hubert Burda Poetry Award and the Miladinov Brothers Award. His work has been translated into dozens of languages, and he has participated in several European writing residencies.

Raimo, who writes fiction poetry, plays, screenplays and translations, debuted with her 2007 novel, "Il dolore secondo Matteo" ["Pain According to Matthew"]. Her short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies throughout Italy, and a second novel is in preparation. Raimo also contributes regularly to magazines including Rolling Stone and Liberazione.

Both writers are attending the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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.

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