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Release: Oct. 3, 2001
IWP writers from Togo, Russia to read Oct. 14 at Prairie Lights
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writers Victor Aladji from Togo and Andrey S.
Bychkov from Russia, participants this fall in the University of Iowa International
Writing Program (IWP), will be featured in a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 14, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown
Iowa City. Poet Nathan Hoks, a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop,
will also read.
Aladji is assistant professor of the sociology of communications in the
department of philosophy at the University of Lome, and director and publisher
of Editions Haho. Aladji was formerly head of the publication section of Togo's
Ministry of Information and was a journalist at Radio-Lome. His publications
include "La Voix de l'Ombre" (1985) and "La Mediation des Conseils
de Presse et Organismes Similaires dans l'Afrique en Transition: Annales de
l'Université du Benin" (1998).
Bychkov is the author of "Lovets" (2000), which was short-listed
for the prestigious Russian "Anti-Booker" Prize. He received the
Eisenstein Prize in German in 1994, and his short stories have appeared in
his country's most distinguished journals.
Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP
through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at
a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly
a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies
in the program.
Like most IWP residency groups, the 2001 community is a mix of poets, fiction
writers, screenwriters, playwrights, journalists, essayists and critics. Many
of the IWP writers will travel from Iowa City to present lectures, symposia
and readings at other campuses in Iowa and throughout the country, and to
visit places of cultural or historical interest.
The IWP is staffed and housed by the University of Iowa. IWP writers have
been financed by the United States State Department, through bilateral agreements
with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments
abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations,
foundations and individuals.
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