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Sept. 9, 2011

International Writing Program presents film, readings and panel discussion

The University of Iowa International Writing Program, which is hosting 37 writers from 32 countries this fall, in now in full swing. The IWP will present a film screening, two readings and a panel discussion -- all free an open to the public -- Sept. 14-18.

--IWP Cinematheque film series, curated by IWP writers who introduce and lead conversations provoked by the films they have chosen, will present the 1969 Korean literary film "An Old Potter" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Room E105 of the Alder Journalism Building.
--A panel discussion, with refreshments, will address "Translation/Writing Across Languages" at noon Friday, Sept. 16, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.
--The Shambaugh House Reading Series will feature two writers from South Korea at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, with refreshments.
--The joint readings by IWP residents and students in the UI Master of Fine Arts writing programs will continue at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"An Old Potter," which was directed by Choi Ha-Won from a story by Hwang Soon-Wan, will be introduced by Park Chan-Soon, who has translated for subtitles of more than a thousand films.

Participants in the Friday panel about translation and writing in multiple languages will be Irish poet Nell Regan; fiction writer Dorothy Tse from Hong Kong; poet and fiction writer Alexandra Petrova, who was born in Russia and now lives in Rome; and fiction and nonfiction writer Ajit Baral from Nepal.

The Korean writers who will read in the Shambaugh House Friday afternoon are award-winning fiction writer Lee Hye-kyong and fiction writer and translator Park Chan Soon, whose translation work is included in more than 50 documentaries and hundreds of feature films.

The Prairie Lights reading Sunday afternoon will present the work of Australian fiction writer Josephine Rowe and Venezuelan fiction and nonfiction writer Francisco Suniaga, as well as fiction MFA student Madhuri Vijay.

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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