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Aug. 27, 2009

Russian cultural leaders join UI literary community Sept. 9-16

Four Russian writers participating in the Open World Program will visit the University of Iowa International Writing Program Sept. 9-16, including a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

That event will be streamed live and archived by the Writing University,

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging political and civic leaders from participating countries to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy and free enterprise at the local level. 

While in Iowa City, the delegates will have the opportunity to work with UI students, professors and staff, all of whom are interested in making connections with these international writers.  The delegates will also explore the rich literary traditions of the UI and its surrounding communities. This will provide a deeper understanding and knowledge of the American creative and cultural sphere --encouraging an open and ongoing dialogue, where writers can discuss their artistic and professional concerns.

The visiting delegates are Maxim Amelin (Moscow), Ekaterina Boyarskikh (Irkutsk), Natalia Klyuchareva (Moscow), and Oleg Zobern (Moscow). Vladimir Andreyev (Tula) accompanies them as a facilitator.

They will meet with students in the MFA Translation Program to discuss methods and concerns in translating their work into English, discuss their writing and the Russian literary scene with students in the International Literature Today class, attend a variety of literary events throughout Iowa City and explore Iowa City's surrounding areas. In addition, delegates will travel to Chicago, attending literary events sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Time for tourism will be made available so delegates can experience the city's many distinctive neighborhoods, museums and world renowned music and performance venues.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress that builds mutual understanding between the emerging leaders of participating countries and their U.S. counterparts.  It also exposes delegates to ideas and practices they can adapt for use in their own work.  Founded in 1999 with a focus on Russia, the program has also in recent years also hosted delegations from Lithuania, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

Delegates range from mayors to journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business owners, and from political activists to high-court judges.  More than 10,500 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states.  The program's administering agency, the Open World Leadership Center, is a legislative branch entity with offices at the Library of Congress. 

For more information on the UI visit, contact Kecia Lynn at 319-384-3296 or

For more information on the International Writing Program, go to, and for more information on Open World, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Kecia Lynn, IWP,  319-384-3296,; Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),