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Release: Sept. 13, 2001
IWP writers from Bulgaria, Korea will read Sept. 23
in Prairie Lights
Bulgarian fiction writer Nikolai Grozdinski and Korean
poet Man-sik Lee, participants this fall in the University of Iowa International
Writing Program (IWP), will be featured in a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 23 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown
Iowa City. Fiction writer Seth Harwood, a graduate student in the Iowa Writers'
Workshop, will also read.
Lee is deputy professor at Kyungwon College and is currently
writing a doctoral dissertation on T.S. Eliot at Korea University's department
of English literature. Lee has written extensively on deconstruction as literary
theory, and his translation of Jonathan Culler's "On Deconstruction" was selected
as one of Korea's Best Scholarly Books of 1998. He has published two poetry
collections: "God's Baseball Game Ticket" and "On Poetry." His translations
include the poetry of Sylvia Plath and J.M. Coetzee's "Waiting for the Barbarians."
Grozdinski is part-time lecturer in Tibetan language,
history and culture at the New Bulgarian University. He holds the diploma
in musical composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His collection
of short stories "Lives of Idle Men and Lost Mystics" is a bestseller, and
he received a grant for a first publication from the Open Society Book Program
in 2000. A novel, "To Have a Nap on the Lap of the Great Sameness," is in
the process of publication.
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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