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Aug. 29, 2011

International Writing Program presents a panel discussion about 9/11

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a free panel discussion at noon Friday, Sept. 9, in the Gerber Lounge of the UI English-Philosophy Building. Pizza will be served.

Recently arrived participants, including nonfiction writer/journalist Kevin Bloom from South Africa, fiction writer Pilar Quintana from Colombia, and fiction writer/journalist Bina Shah from Pakistan, will provide an international perspective on the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and their aftermath.

That weekend will also feature a Shambaugh House reading (with refreshments) by Hong Kong Biennial Award-winning fiction writer Dorothy Tse and fiction/nonfiction writer and literature professor Su Wei-chen from Taiwan at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at 430 N. Clinton St., and a joint IWP/UI MFA reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Prairie Lights Books.

The Sunday reading will feature Amy Butcher, a UI Master of Fine Arts student in the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, in addition to IWP fiction writer/creative writing teacher Maria Sonia Cristoff from Argentina and fiction writer/theater producer Kgebetli Moele from South Africa.

Biographies of the 2011 IWP writers are accessible at Become a Facebook friend of the IWP at!/pages/International-Writing-Program/39135032067.

The 2011 IWP community of 37 writers from 32 countries includes a mix of fiction writers, poets, translators, essayists, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, screenwriters, editors and critics.

The 2011 roster of "the United Nations of Writers" includes the representatives from Argentina, Australia, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tibet, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature.

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 1,200 writers from more than 130 countries have attended the IWP, including Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

The UI is the nation's premiere center for creative writing, and Iowa City is the only U.S. City of Literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Giving and attending talks and readings, and meeting with well-known and emerging visiting American writers give the international writers broad exposure to currents in American literature. All the activities offered by the program are optional for the participants, and the writers are free to use their time as they wish, to write or to conduct research.

The U.S. Department of State is a major source of support for the IWP. The residency also includes writers participating on grants from their domestic cultural organizations.

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