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Release: Sept. 11, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM PANEL SEPT. 20 -- Four members of the University of Iowa International Writing Program will discuss "Playwriting and the Dialogue Between Language and Action" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the John Gerber Lounge, Room 304 of the English-Philosophy Building on the UI campus.

Martin Rejtman of Argentina, Hulkuntemath Shivamurthy Shastry Shivaprakash of India, Hwang JaeWoo of Korea and Motti Lerner of Israel will participate in the panel discussion, which will be free and open to the public.

Rejtman is a fiction writer, screenwriter and film director. He wrote and directed the film "Silvia Prieto," which was entered in the Sundance Festival in 1999, as well as in festivals in Berlin, San Francisco and Munich. It has just been released commercially in Argentina. His other feature-length film, "Rapado," was entered in film festivals in Rotterdam, Havana and Locarno. His works of fiction include "Velcro y Yo" (Velcro and I, 1996), "Rapado" (1992), and "A Book About Kuitca: Thirty-Four Short Stories" (1993). He is taking part in the IWP through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

H.S. Shivaprakash, from Bangalore, India, is the author of four books of poems. He also wrote eight plays that were staged and published, two books on literary and theatre criticism and two books of poetry translations. H.S. Shivaprakash has taught English in several colleges and is currently English editor for Indian Literature at the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi. The productions of several of his plays have received national recognition in India. He has been actively involved in workshops for young playwrights and poetry translation, and his lectures on Indian theatre have taken him to Berlin, Cambridge and the Nehru Centre in London. His most recent works include the play "Shakespeare’s Dream Ship," anthologized in "Same-Sex Love in India" (2000). He earned the Ph.D. from Bangalore University in 1998. His participation in the IWP is supported by the UI.

Hwang Jaewoo is a poet and playwright from Korea. He is professor and chair of the Department of Playwriting at the Korean National University of Arts. Hwang led a new wave of deconstructionist poetry in the 1980s, which was part of the new "rhetoric of resistance" in Korean literature. His subsequent work is described as embodying a native spirit, with its Korean Zen Buddhist traditions and interwoven paradox, vitality and wit. He is the author of six poetry collections, among them "Even the Birds Leave the Land," "A Lotus in the Crab’s Eye" and "I’ll Sit Alone in a Darkened Pub." He has also written four plays, including "A Diary on the Fat Sofa," "Thirty Days in Prison" and "Brida May".

Hwang studied aesthetics and art history at Seoul National University. His education was interrupted by a forced enlistment in the army following his imprisonment for student activism against the military dictatorship. His work has received numerous national awards, including the Contemporary Literature Prize of 1991 and the DaeSan Foundation Prize in 1999. He is participating in the IWP through joint support from the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation and the UI.

Lerner is a playwright and screenwriter. He teaches political playwriting to graduate students in the Theatre Department at Tel Aviv University, and dramatic writing at the Kibbutz College Drama School. He has been a freelance playwright and screenwriter for the major theaters and television channels in Israel since 1984. He was the 1994 recipient of his nation’s most important literary award, the Prime Minister of Israel Award for Writers. His plays include "Kastner," a political/historical drama, which received the Best Play of the Year award in 1985, and "Exile in Jerusalem," which was produced by the Royal National Theatre Studio in London.

Lerner’s most recent works include "The Murder of Isaac" (1999), on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and "The Institution," an ongoing TV series dealing with the life of therapists and their patients. His studies in mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem were interrupted by service in the Israel Defense Forces. Following the resumption of his mathematics studies, he studied theater and attended various theater workshops in London and San Francisco. He is attending the IWP through support from the U.S.-Israel Educational Foundation.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967 by Paul and Hualing Engle, the IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature.

The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly 1,000 writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

This year, the IWP, under new director Christopher Merrill, is hosting 19 writers from 17 countries. To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.

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IWP WRITER READS SEPT. 17 -- Poet Ogaga Ifowodo, a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will read from his work at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Ogaga Ifowodo is Project Director of the Civil Liberties Organization in Lagos and a legal practitioner. His publications include "Home Land and Other Poems," "Selected Poems," published as a bilingual German-English edition, and numerous articles, including the Annual Human Rights Report of the Civil Liberties Organization. He was educated at the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School. Ifowodo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Association of Nigerian Authors. He is taking part in the IWP through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Faith Adiele, a fiction writer in the UI Writers' Workshop, will also be reading from her work.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967 by Paul and Hualing Engle, the IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature.

The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than

115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

This year, the IWP, under new director Christopher Merrill, is hosting 19 writers from

17 countries.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm. To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.