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Oct. 26, 2011

IWP writers will respond to their experiences in 'Images of America' panel

The writers who have been in residence at the University of Iowa this fall will share their "Images of America" in the International Writing Program's (IWP) final 2011 discussion at noon Friday, Nov. 4, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Free pizza will be served.

Later that afternoon novelist, filmmaker, poet, and essayist Cho Tu Zaw from Myanmar and poet Naseer Hassan from Iraq will be featured in a free 5 p.m. reading, with refreshments, in the Shambaugh House.

And poet Alexandra Petrova from Russia/Italy and fiction/nonfiction writer Oonya Kempadoo from Grenada will be joined by UI Nonfiction Writing Program graduate student Joshua Unikel, an Iowa Arts Fellow and assistant editor of the Seneca Review, in a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Prairie Lights Books.

On Nov. 6, the IWP and the African Studies Program will also welcome Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka to the UI. For details, visit

"Images of America" is a popular event that traditionally concludes the IWP series of public library panel discussion. In a free-flowing, open-mic format, the writers talk about what they've learned, discovered, loved and "loved not-so-much" about America during their stay.

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 has included a mix of fiction writers, poets, translators, essayists, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, screenwriters, editors, and critics.

The 2011 roster of "the United Nations of Writers" has featured 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 premier 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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