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Oct. 12, 2010

International Writing Program events set for Oct. 13, 15-17

Several readings with International Writing Program participants, along with a screening of the film "3rd Person Singular," are planned Oct. 13, 15, 16 and 17 in Iowa City.

The events include:

--IWP Cinematheque will screen "3rd Person Singular" (Bangladesh, 2009) featuring a discussion with the film's co-writer Anisul Hoque at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in room E105 of Adler Journalism Building.

--IWP writers Gonzalo Garces of Argentina/Chile and Beverly Perez Rego of Venezuela will read from their works at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Shambaugh House.

--On Saturday, Oct. 16, the UI Theatre Arts Department and the IWP will present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the IWP. The free production will be held at 8 p.m. in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building and will feature poems, short stories and plays by IWP writers Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt), Ismail Bala (Nigeria), Milosz Biedrzycki (Poland), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Laura Fish (England), H.M. Naqvi (Pakistan), Farangis Siahpoor (Iran), Beverly Perez-Rego (Venezuela) and Christoph Kloeble (Germany) as well as IWP alumna Tang Ying (China).

--An IWP/Iowa Writers' Workshop joint reading with Hoque, Michael McKimm of Northern Ireland/United Kingdom, along with Thea Brown, a poet from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

IWP writers' bios are available 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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