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Sept. 13, 2011

IWP presents multiple, free events Sept. 21-25

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present multiple, free events Sept. 21-25.

The schedule includes:

--The IWP Cinematheque film series, curated by IWP writers who introduce and lead conversations provoked by the films they have chosen, will present the Philippine film "Todo todo teros" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Room E105 of the Alder Journalism Building.

--A panel discussion, with refreshments, will address "Writer Rules: Share What You Go By" at noon Friday, Sept. 23, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

--The Shambaugh House Reading Series will feature writers in residence from Pakistan and Nepal at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 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. 25, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Todo todo teros," an unconventional cinematic view of modern Manila, will be introduced by IWP resident Joel Toledo, who co-wrote the script for the 2006 film with director John Torres. Cinematheque is a series of screenings in conjunction with a UI class, but the public is welcome to attend.

Participants in the Friday panel, which will probe the rules writers set up for themselves or which they look to break, will be fiction writer/filmmaker Marvin Victor from Haiti, novelist Kgebetli Moele from South Africa, novelist/essayist/critic Usha K.R. from India, fiction writer/editor Zhang Yueran from China, nonfiction writer Kevin Bloom from South Africa, and fiction writer/filmmaker Fabienne Kanor from France.

The Shambaugh House reading will feature fiction writer Bina Shah from Pakistan, and fiction writer/nonfiction writer/publisher Ajit Baral from Nepal.

The Prairie Lights reading Sunday afternoon will present the work of Nigerian fiction writer/poet/essayist/playwright Ogochukwu Promise and Vietnamese fiction writer Phan Hon Nhien, as well as a Master of Fine Arts student from the UI writing programs.

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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