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(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Sunny Ayewanu is pronounced SUN-nee AI-e-WAH-new.
Sukrita Kumar is pronounced soo-KREE-tah KOO-mar. Guillermo Martinez
is pronounced ghe-JHEHR-moh mar-TEE-nez. Dorit Rabinyan is pronounced
International Writers Will Reflect On Effects Of 9/11
Six prominent writers from Africa, South America, South Asia, the Middle
East, East Asia and the South Pacific -- all participants in the 2002 International
Writing Program at the University of Iowa -- will reflect on the global effects
of 9/11 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Iowa City Public Library.
Reflections on a Global Year: The Worldview, Post 9/11 will be
broadcast on the librarys local cable channel, and admission to the
live event is free.
The participants will be poet Sunny Ayewanu from Nigeria, poet Sukrita Kumar
from India, fiction writer and essayist Guillermo Martinez from Argentina,
fiction writer and journalist Gordon McLauchlan from New Zealand, fiction
writer Charleson Lim Ong from the Philippines and fiction writer and poet
Dorit Rabinyan from Israel.
IWP director Christopher Merrill commented, There will be 9/11 observances
and remembrances in many American cities, but we are uniquely privileged here
in Iowa to benefit from the broad international perspective that this distinguished
panel will offer.
Ayewanu is the author of Flowering Bullets, which was a runner-up
for the 1998 Association of Nigeria Author prize for poetry. He has contributed
poems to three anthologies -- Trembling Leaves (1999), Cramped
Rooms & Open Spaces (1999), and 25 New Nigerian Poets
(2000) -- and is the featured author of Nejma 4: The Writings of Sunny
Ayewanu. Ayewanu is the president of the Association of West African
Young Writers, one of Nigerias oldest literary associations.
Kumar is an associate professor of English at Zakir Hussain College at the
University of Delhi. The recipient of many grants and awards, she has published
nearly 10 books of literary criticism, translation and poetry. Her most recent
book of poems is Folds of Silence (1998).
Martinez, who directs the Mathematics Department at the School of the Sciences
at the University of Buenos Aires, is one of Argentinas most important
contemporary writers. His story collection Infierno Grande (Vast
Hell, 1989) is required reading in many high school literature courses; his
essays are regularly published in Argentina's most important newspapers; and
he has received numerous national prizes.
McLauchlan is the chairman of Four Star Books and host of the Radio New Zealand
program Book Club. He has also hosted two New Zealand network
television magazine shows, edited Batemans New Zealand Encyclopedia,
provided the New Zealand questions for Trivial Pursuit and was
president of the New Zealand Society of Authors. His books include volumes
of political commentaries.
Ong is professor of literature at the Department of English and Comparative
Literature at the University of the Philippines. He has edited both the China
Post (Taipei) and the Daily Globe (Philippines), and is the author of Men
of the East and Other Stories, Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories,
Conversion and Other Fictions and An Embarrassment of Riches.
He received the Philippines 1990 National Book Award for Fiction.
Rabinyan is the author of Persian Brides (1995), which won the
Yitzhak Vinner Prize for debut literature, the Golden Book Award, and the
Platinum Book Award. Her second novel Strand of a Thousand Pearls
(1999) was also published to great acclaim and is available in English.
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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