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Release: Oct. 11, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: International Writing Program director Christopher Merrill may be reached through <christopher-merrill@uiowa.edu>, or by phone at 319-335-2609. The writers are living at the Iowa House, 319-335-3513.)

IWP presents panel on 'Images of America' Oct. 24 in Iowa City Public Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion, "Images of America," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Iowa City Public Library.

All this fall's IWP participants will be invited to share their impressions of their residency in the United States. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and America's responses are certain to be topics of reflection and discussion.

Some 30 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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