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Oct. 4, 2011

IWP writers will discuss 'Freedom's Limit?' in free event Oct. 14

Writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will address Freedom's Limit? Core Values in a Changing World in a free panel discussion at noon Friday, Oct. 14, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Other free IWP events through that weekend are:

--In the IWP Cinematheque film series, fiction writer and playwright Jeremy Tiang from Singapore will introduce the 2006 Malaysian film The Last Communist at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

--The Shambaugh House Reading Series will feature Spanish novelist Eugenia Rico and Lynley Hood, a scientist/nonfiction writer from New Zealand, at 5 p.m. Oct. 14, with refreshments.

--Fiction writer and filmmaker Marvin Victor from Haiti and novelist Zhang Yueran from China, will be joined by UI MFA poetry student Margaret Ross at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The Cinematheque screening is part of a UI class, but the public is welcome to attend. A "travel documentary essay" directed by Amir Muhammed, The Last Communist was inspired by the early life and legacy of Chin Peng, the exiled leader of the Communist Party in Malaysia, and the bloody Malaysian Emergency of the 1950s.

Participants in the Friday panel will be Tiang, fiction writer and playwright Milena Oda from Germany, fiction and nonfiction writer Francisco Suniaga from Venezuela, and Scottish novelist and playwright Zöe Strachan.

Biographies of all 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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