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Release: Oct. 9, 2002
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International Writing Program Presents Reading And Theater Oct. 20
The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present back-to-back
events, a reading and a theatrical performance, on Sunday, Oct. 20 -- a joint
reading with the Iowa Writers Workshop at 5 p.m. in the Prairie Lights
bookstore, and Global Express in conjunction with the department
of theatre arts at 7 p.m. in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. Both events
are free and open to the public.
In the Prairie Lights reading, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City,
poet and journalist Eddin Khoo from Malaysia and poet Marjorie Evasco-Pernia
from the Philippines will be joined by fiction writer Frances Peebles, a graduate
student in the Writers Workshop.
Director Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the Playwrights Workshop, envisions
Global Express as a step beyond the traditional play-reading event.
The evening will include script excerpts by IWP writers Mahmoud Abu Hashhash,
Kesenjia Dragunskaya, Radostina Grigorova, Nihad Hasanovic, Narlan Matos,
Charles Mulekwa, Alvin Pang and Michael Zeller, and Iowa Playwrights
Workshop students Andrew Barrett, Cyndi Coyne, Sarah Hoeflich and Randy Noojin.
Included will be The Lost King by Mahmoud Abu Hashhash from the
West Bank, The House of Conception by Ksenija Dragunskaya from
Russia, Black Diamond by Charles Mulekwa from Uganda, The
Price of a Cigarette by Radostina Grigorova from Bulgaria and an as-yet-untitled
work by Nihad Hasanovic from Bosnia.
IWP poets will also participate: Salt and S., While in
Therapy by Alvin Pang from Singapore and Cannibal by Narlan
Matos from Brazil will be presented.
Fiction writer Michael Zeller from Germany will be represented by Song
of the Blackbirds in a recording in German spoken by Hans-Guenter Brodmann.
Eddin Khoo will present something that is definitely not part of the usual
American play reading: shadow puppetry from his homeland of Malaysia.
The IWP writers bios are accessible on-line at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRITmain.html.
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. This
falls program includes 36 writers from 30 countries.
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