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Release: Oct. 18, 2001
IWP writers from Italy, Indonesia and India will read Oct. 28 in Prairie
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer Rocco Carbone from Italy and poets Medijanti
Loekito from Indonesia and Joy Goswami from India, 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. 28 in the Prairie Lights bookstore
at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Fiction writer Joshua Miller,
a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will also read.
Carbone is a literary critic and cultural commentator for Rome's Il Messagero
and Naples' Il Mattino, and L'Unita. Carbone's novels include "Agosto"
(1993), "Il Commando" (1996) and "L'Assedio" (The Siege),
(1998). "The Apparition" will be published this year.
Loekito is executive secretary of the Shimizu Corporation and previously
worked as inbound tour administrator for Setia Tours and Travel. Her poems
have appeared in various anthologies and in many Indonesian journals.
Goswami writes in Bengali, and (since his debut with the collection "Christmas
and a Bunch of Winter Sonnets" at 23), he has written more than 800 poems
that have been compiled in 17 books. His other writing includes eight novels
and a collection of essays on modern poetry in India. He has twice received
the Ananda Purashkar literary award -- for his 1990 poetry collection "Leaves
of Fire, Are You Sleeping?" and his novel written in verse, "Those
Who Were Wet By the Rain."
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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