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Release: Aug. 23, 2002

IWP BEGINS BUSY UI SCHEDULE WITH SEPT. 4 PANEL AND SEPT. 8 READING

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will launch a busy schedule of free 2002 events with a panel discussion on “Writing and Politics” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Iowa City Public Library and a joint reading with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The discussion is the first in a series of Wednesday panels featuring the 2002 program’s 36 writers in residence. The Wednesday discussions will be simulcast on the library’s local cable channel and recorded for re-broadcast. The participants for each panel will be determined after the writers have arrived and settled in.

Each of the regular Sunday joint readings at Prairie Lights will pair one of the IWP’s prominent foreign writers with a graduate student in the Writers’ Workshop. The 2002 IWP roster includes writers from current and recent strife-torn areas, including Argentina, Bosnia, Burma, Colombia, India, Israel, Nigeria, the Philippines, the West Bank and Zimbabwe. The group also includes the IWP’s first representative from Madagascar.

Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers’ residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

To learn more about the IWP, visit < http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp > the on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit < www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa >. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact < deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu >.