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Sept. 6, 2006

IWP Presents Panel Discussion Sept. 22, And Readings Sept. 22 And 24

The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present three free events on Sept. 22 and 24: a panel discussion at noon Friday, Sept. 22, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library; a reading by writers at 5 p.m. Friday in the Shambaugh House; and a joint reading with the Nonfiction Writing Program at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The panel, "Lost and Found in Translation," will address questions including: What are the pleasures, challenges, and politics of writing and reading across several languages in the era/ear of global English? And is there a politics of translation? The participating IWP writers will be poets Gentian Cocoli from Albania, Doris Kareva from Estonia and U Moe Hein from Burma.

The Shambaugh House reading, at 430 N. Clinton St., will feature journalist Jamby Djusubalieva from Kyrgyzstan and poet Jose Eugenio Sanchez from Mexico in the Paul Engle Lounge.

In the Prairie Lights reading, IWP writers Cocoli and fiction writer Manju Sarkar from Bangladesh will be joined by Nonfiction Writing Program graduate student Bern Esposito.

Twenty-nine writers, representing 22 countries, are in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies and writing samples of all the writers are accessible on the IWP website, www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.

This year's roster of well-established poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, translators, editors, essayists, journalists, playwrights and literary critics includes writers from current news hot spots including Sri Lanka, Palestine and Iraq. All the world's populated continents are represented.

The IWP -- a unique program that has been described as "The United Nations of Writing" -- introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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