CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Release: Nov. 10, 1999
IWP poets will read with Writers' Workshop students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Romanian poet Ramona Ciupag and
Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku, writers in residence at the University of
Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be joined by students in the
Iowa Writers' Workshop for a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in the
Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City.
Ciupag and Lleshanaku, who are in residence at the
IWP through early December with the support of the Artslink, will share the
reading with Writers' Workshop fiction writers Darrach Dolan and Mitch Cohen.
Dolan was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College before moving to
New York several years ago, so his participation gives the reading an additional
Ciupag, who teaches philosophy, logic, economics,
psychology and civic education at the
R. Cernauti High School in Iasi, Romania, has written poetry and essays for
the literary magazine Outopos, and she has a volume of poems, "Tight Fists,"
ready for publication. She also created a documentary, "Thresholds," which
has been broadcast on Romania National Television.
Lleshanaku is the author of four poetry collections,
including "Gysemkubizem," which won the 1996 book of the year award from the
Eurprolindja Publishing House. Her American translator, Henri Israeli, is
a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
In addition to his translations that have appeared in American literary journals,
Lleshanaku's work has been published in Germany, Austria and France. Her poems
have been anthologized in Modern Poetry in Translation and Mediterraneo, an
Italian-Albanian anthology. She has worked for Drita, her country's oldest
and largest cultural magazine, and she is now employed by the daily newspaper
The poets are the eighth and ninth writers hosted
by the IWP this fall. While they are at the UI, Ciupag and Lleshanaku will
attend readings and other cultural events, observe poetry classes in the Writers'
Workshop, work with translators in the UI Translation Workshop, and meet with
UI faculty and students in several departments.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Ciupag is pronounced tsee-YOO-pahg.
Luljeta Lleshanaku is pronounced lool-YET-ah lesh-ah-NAH-koo.
Darrach is pronounced DAH-rah.)