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Release: Oct. 18, 2002

WRITERS DISCUSS THEIR ‘IMAGES OF AMERICA’ IN FINAL IWP PANEL OCT. 30

The writers from around the globe who have been in residence this fall at the University of Iowa International Writing Program will share their impressions in the program’s final 2002 panel discussion, “Images of America,” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The free discussion will also be carried on the library’s local cable channel.

Unlike the previous panels, for which selected writers have presented prepared comments before taking questions, “Images of America” will be more free-form, using an open-mike format that invites all the writers to make whatever comments they wish.

Over the years, many IWP writers have written about their experiences in Iowa, including journalistic articles, poems, stories and even at least one novel set in Iowa City.

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 fall’s program includes 36 writers from 30 countries (minus the Cuban writer who was prevented from attending by new U.S. visa restrictions).

The IWP residency period continues through November, but that month is a travel period that will disperse the writers throughout the country for readings, lectures, symposiums and research.

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