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Release: Oct. 5, 2001
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IWP sponsors readings and films by Flying Café Europa Oct. 18 in
UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program
(IWP) will present an evening of readings and films by Flying Café
Europa, an informal alliance of writers from eastern and western Europe, at
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
Participants will be IWP director Christopher Merrill, a poet who has been
active in Café Europa activities; current IWP participant Mileta Prodanovic,
a writer and visual artist; Dutch poet/playwright Chris Keulemans; and Sarajevo
writer/broadcaster/scriptwriter Antonije Zalica, who will show several of
his short films.
Keulemans writes of Café Europa: "There's a café traveling
through Europe. It is an old-fashioned and at the same time very modern café.
The deep red velvet curtains, the pastel shaded chairs, the cigarette haze
and the scent of coffee remind you of Central Europe, a pre-war continent
where everything has remained the same. But this café travels. It picks
itself up and moves with virtual ease. Where it alights, it opens its doors
as if it has always been there. And then it's gone again. . . . A coffeehouse
on the corner of the century, that turns up where people need to speak to
Prodanovic is vice dean of the School of Painting at Belgrade's University
of Arts and also lecturer in Studies of Culture and Gender at the Alternative
Educational Network in Belgrade. Since 1980 Prodanovic has held more than
30 one-man exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia and in Europe. Most recent
among his 10 books are the short stories and travel fragments "The Eye
on the Road"; two editions, also published in Croatia, of "This
Could Be Your Lucky Day"; and the novels "Red Scarf, the Silk One"
and "Dance the Monster on My Gentle Music."
Zalica writes poetry, novels and plays. He published a collection of short
poems, "Tilt," and a number of short stories published in magazines.
He has done several radio dramas and adaptations for Radio Sarajevo, written
for several TV and film magazines, written scripts for feature films, scripted
documentaries and music videos, and directed and reported for TV Sarajevo.
Merrill's poetry, fiction, essays, articles and translations have appeared
in many books, magazines and literary journals, ranging from the anthologies
"Poems for a Small Planet" and "The Pushcart Prize XV: The
Best of the Small Presses" to periodicals including The Antioch Review,
Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Fiction Review and Sports Illustrated.
He has also had articles, reviews and commentaries in the Albuquerque Journal,
Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Orion Magazine, Quarterly
West, Salt Lake City Deseret News, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Fe New Mexican
and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He is a regular
commentator on international literature for the syndicated radio program "The
His recent book, "Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars,"
has received extensive critical praise. A starred review in Publisher's Weekly
stated, "this book might very well become a modern classic about what
once again seems a painful and incomprehensible corner of Europe."
Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the International
Writing Program on the UI campus, 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.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp>
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