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Oct. 6, 2003

'Global Express' Provides Theatrical Outlet For IWP Writers

Writers in residence at the International Writing Program will collaborate with student actors and directors from the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts to present "Global Express," a fast-paced evening of staged literature at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. The event is free and open to the public.

For the third consecutive year "Global Express" is being organized and overseen by Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is putting together a production featuring five poems, three short stories and one play.

"Although there is only one play this year we are meeting the challenge by adding short stories which, with the help of a dramaturg, have been adapted to fit the 15-minute time limit on the pieces, to keep up with the 'Express,'" she says. "The poems will be presented in a way which will stray from the standard 'poetry reading.'"

Participating IWP writers will be Israeli poet and rock guitarist Shimon Adaf, Mongolian poet and scholar Luvsandamba Dashnyam, German poet Matthias Goeritz, Vietnamese poet and performance artist Ly Hoang, Korean fiction writer Young-Ha Kim, Ukranian poet and fiction writer Yevgeniya Kononenko, fiction writer Gregory Norminton from the United Kingdom and Hungarian poet and fiction writer Gabor Szanto.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world. This year, 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html. The texts of the prepared presentations of the IWP panels will be mounted on the website.

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