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Oct. 4, 2010

International Writing Program events Oct. 6-10 include readings, film screenings

Several events with International Writing Program (IWP) participants are planned Oct. 6-10, including a reading by poet/fiction writer Anja Kampmann from Germany and fiction writer O Thiam Chin from Singapore at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. They will be joined by Joshua Unikel of the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Kampmann studied poetry and prose at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig, and has published work in several literary magazines and anthologies such as "Akzente," "Federlesen," "Eisfischen," "Privataufnahme," and "Neue Rundschau," and finished her studies with a novel called "The Upper Field." A recipient of the Irseer Pegasus Writers Award, she is working on a doctoral thesis on Samuel Beckett. She participates courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.

Chin is the author of three collections of stories, "Free-Falling Man," (2006), "Never Been Better," (2009), and "Under the Sun," (2010). His short stories have been featured in Asia Literary Review, Kyoto Journal, the Jakarta Post, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Asia Writes, and in several anthologies. His collection "Never Been Better," was long-listed for the 2010 Frank O’Conner Short Story Award. His participation is made possible by a grant from the Singapore Arts Council.

Other IWP events this week include:

--IWP Cinematheque will screen "Green Tea," and feature conversation with IWP writer Jin Renshun at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in room E105 of Adler Journalism Building. "Green Tea," is romantic urban love story about a female professor who believes she can read her romantic future in a simple cup of tea. Renshun was the screenwriter for the movie, which she adapted from her novel "Adiliya by the River."

--IWP writers Edgar Calabia Samar, Chandrahas Choudhury, Billy Karanja Kahora and Farangis Siahpour will participate in "The Classical Novel/Film," a discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Iowa City Public Library's meeting room A.

--Renshun and Kim Sa-in will read from their work at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, at Shambaugh House.

Read all the IWP writers' bios at

The 2010 IWP community of 38 writers from 32 countries includes a mix of fiction writers, poets, translators, essayists, filmmakers, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, journalists and critics.
Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature.

The IWP 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 1,200 writers from more than 130 countries have attended the IWP, including Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

Many of the writers are supported through the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies, while others are funded through a variety of foundations, government councils and bilateral agreements.

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