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Sept. 4, 2008

Writers from Venezuela and the Philippines will read at UI Sept. 19

Screenwriter/director Leonardo Henríquez from Venezuela and journalist/poet/essayist/filmmaker Teng Mangansakan from the Philippines will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus. Light refreshments will be available.

Both writers are in residence this fall in the UI International Writing Program (IWP).

Henríquez has written, directed and/or edited four films, including "Sangrador," which was Venezuela's 2003 nomination for an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. He co-founded the Film School at the University of the Andes in Mérida, where he currently teaches screenwriting and directing, as well as the annual Venezuela Film Festival. He attends the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Mangansakan has written for several major Philippine newspapers and provides the column "This Blessed House" for a Mindanao-based news service. His first film, "House under the Crescent Moon," won Best Documentary at the 15th Cultural Center of the Philippines Prize for Independent Film and Video in 2001, and his other films have been screened to wide acclaim at international film festivals. He is editor of "Children of the Ever-Changing Moon," an anthology of essays by young Moro writers, and his poems, essays and short stories have appeared in several periodicals. He participates in the IWP through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

The IWP Cinematheque series will screen Mangansakan's documentary "Dispatches from Mindanao" on Oct. 5, and Henríquez's "Sangrador" on Oct. 19.

Biographies of the 32 IWP writers in residence this fall are accessible at http://iwp.uiowa.edu/writers/index.html.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hugh Ferrer, IWP, hugh-ferrer@uiowa.edu; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu