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Release: Sept. 20, 2001

IWP writers from India and Republic of Georgia will read Sept. 30 in Prairie Lights

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writers Shashi Warrier from India and David Turashvili from the Republic of Georgia, 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. 30 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Poet Jerome Martin, a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will also read.

Turashvili is lecturer in literary history at Tbilisi State University. In 1989 he was one of the leaders of the student protest action taking place at the David Gareja monasteries in East Georgia. His first novels, published in 1988, are based on the turmoil of those events. The premiere of his play "Jeans Generation" was held in May this year. Turashvili's other publications include the travelogues "Katmandu" (1998) and "Known and Unknown America" (1993), and two collections of short fiction and movie scripts.

Warrier started his career as an economist and a software specialist in the early 1980s. Warrier's writing career began in 1994 with a juvenile fiction work "The Hidden Continent" (Penguin/Puffin), and he moved on to thrillers including "Night of the Krait" and "The Orphan." "Sniper" was published by HarperCollins in 1999. He has also published numerous short stories on an Internet site, "Rediff on the Net." He provides regular reviews for various Indian journals.

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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