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Oct. 6, 2006

UI International Writing Program Presents Readings Oct. 20 And 22

Participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present free public readings at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Shambaugh House, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Prairie Lights bookstore.

On Friday, poet Emmanuel Laugier from France and poet Roman Antolpolsky from Argentina will read in the Paul Engle Lounge of Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St.

The Oct. 15 reading, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, will feature Doris Kareva from Estonia and Veronique Tadjo from South Africa, along with Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate student Mark Leidner.

Laugier has published several books of poetry, and as an editor for L'Animal Revue he has assembled critical volumes and anthologies on contemporary poetry. He participates in the IWP courtesy of the Consulate General of France and the UI Department of French and Italian.

Antopolsky, a special visitor to the IWP, published his first book of poems in 2003, and his translation work spans Spanish, Russian, German and English. He publishes in literary journals and periodicals in Argentina and throughout Latin America. He is a guest of International Programs, Cinema and Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the UI.

Kareva has published 13 poetry collections, and her poems have been translated into 15 languages. She has edited anthologies of Estonian poetry, and translated the work of Auden, Beckett, Dickinson and Shakespeare. After winning the State Cultural Prize in 1993, she launched Straw Stipend, which provides publication funding for 10 young Estonian poets. She currently serves as secretary general of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO. She participates in the IWP courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Tadjo is a multifaceted artist -- poet, novelist, fiction writer, painter and editor who was born in France and now resides in South Africa. She is the author of two poetry collections, five novels and several children's books. She attended Howard University on a Fulbright, and has a doctorate in African American Studies from the Sorbonne in Paris. For several years, she taught at the University of Abidjan in Ivory Coast.

Twenty-nine writers, representing 22 countries, are in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP Web site,

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