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Release: Sept. 26, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP PARTICIPANT MUGARRA READS OCT. 1 -- Ugandan fiction writer Pascal Adyeeri Mugarra, a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will read from his work at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will also feature poet Cody Petterson, a student in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Mugarra is head of the French department at the Kitante Hill School in Kampala, where he teaches English and French. He is a graduate of Makerere University and studied at the University of Clermont Ferrand in France and at the CELAB of Bjumbura.

His first novel was "Cherished Dreams," and he is at work on a second novel, "Prominent Figures." Mugarra’s work is notable for its control of language, humor and instinct for dealing with social issues and mores in a manner appealing to Ugandans. Two of his plays, written in French, have been performed in Uganda, Burundi and France.

His participation in the IWP is provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Founded in 1967, 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 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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BELL POSTPONES OCT. 2 READING -- The reading by Iowa Poet Laureate and University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell, scheduled for Oct. 2 on the UI campus, has been postponed due to a publication delay. The reading will be rescheduled during the second semester.

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ALI READS AT UI OCT. 5 -- Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in Room 221 of the University of Iowa Chemistry Building. The reading,
co-sponsored by the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the UI International Writing Program, is free and open to the public.

Ali’s collections of poetry include "The Half-Inch Himalayas," "A Walk Through the Yellow Pages," "A Nostalgist’s Map of America," "The Beloved Witness: Selected Poems" and, most recently, "The Country Without a Post Office," a collection that focuses on the turmoil in Kashmir, where he still spends his summers.

He is the translator of "The Rebel’s Silhouette: Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Fai," the author of "T.S. Eliot as Editor" and the editor of "Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English." His poems appear regularly in publications including The Nation, the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Yale Review.

A winner of the Pushcart Prize, Ali is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill Foundations, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Ali was born in New Delhi, grew up in Kashmir, and was educated at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, and University of Delhi. He earned a doctorate in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. His teaching posts have included the University of Delhi, Penn State, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton College, the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Next spring he will be the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College.

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INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM PANEL OCT. 4 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion, "Appropriated Voices: Writing Across Genders and Cultures," at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304, of the
UI English-Philosophy building.

The participants are distinguished foreign writers in residence this fall at the IWP -- Izabella Filipiak of Poland, Ogaga Ifowodo of Nigeria and H.S. Shivaprakash of India.

Founded in 1967, 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 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.