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Release: Jan. 18, 2002
IWP Receives Grant From Trust For Mutual Understanding
The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP)
has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding,
to support UI residencies in 2002 by playwrights from Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The trust's director, Richard S. Lanier, wrote in announcing
the grant, "This award is being made by the trust in anticipation of the value
that residencies at the IWP will have for both playwrights."
The Trust for Mutual Understanding, established in 1984
by an anonymous philanthropist, is a New York-based foundation that supports
cultural and environmental exchanges between the United States, Russia and
other countries in eastern and central Europe.
Recipients of its cultural grants, totaling more than
$2.5 million, have included the American Dance Festival, the Asia Society,
the Bolshoi Ballet, the Boston Symphony, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the
Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, the American Repertory Theatre and the Museum of Modern Art.
The IWP, the first foreign-writer residency program at
an American university, brings established writers of the world to the UI,
where they become part of the lively literary community on campus during fall
residencies. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115
countries have completed residencies in the program.
At the UI, IWP participants interact with each other and
with the many poets, fiction writers, playwrights and translators in Iowa
City. The UI is the home of the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Iowa Playwrights
Workshop, the Iowa Translation Workshop and a respected graduate program in
Many of the IWP writers 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. In recent
years, IWP writers have visited ethnic communities in the United States and
Canada with cultural/historical ties to the writers' native literary traditions.
This spring, the IWP will move into the UI's historic
Shambaugh House, which was recently relocated across from the Writers' Workshop
on Clinton Street in Iowa City.
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