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Release: Sept. 20, 2001
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at 319-335-2609. The writers are living at the Iowa House, 319-335-3513.)
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Pronunciations: Mileta Prodanovic-- me-LEH-tah prah-DAHN-oh-veech;
Rocco Carbone -- ROCK-oh car-BO-nay; Rehman Rashid -- REH-mahn rah-SHEED.)
IWP presents panel on nature poetry in an urban world Oct. 3 in Iowa City
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP)
will present a free panel discussion, "Writing for a Life." at 3:30
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the large meeting room of the Iowa City Public Library.
The discussion will be broadcast live on the library's cable channel and taped
Participants in the discussion will be Mileta Prodanovic from Serbia, Rocco
Carbone from Italy, Rehman Rashid from Malaysia and Man-Sik Lee from Korea.
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 GameTicket" (1997) and "On Poetry"
(1994). His translations include the poetry of Sylvia Plath and J.M. Coetzee's
"Waiting for the Barbarians."
Rashid is the author of "Malaysia Journey," a best selling book
that presents, in alternating fictional and nonfiction segments, reflections
on Malaysian society since independence, and on the relations among Malaysia's
three major ethnic groups. He also wrote "Pangkor: Treasure of the Straits."
He is currently at work on another novel. As a journalist, Rehman served as
senior writer for Bermuda Business and Asiaweek, and lead writer for the Straits
Times. He holds a bachelor of science in marine biology from the University
of Swansea (Wales).
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.
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."
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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