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Oct. 25, 2010

International Writing Program presents free events Oct. 26-31

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a series of free, public events Oct. 26-31.

IWP resident Amilcar Bettega from Brazil will present a Portuguese-language fiction reading at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 26 in 315 Phillips Hall.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Cinematheque will screen South Korean film 'The Day A Pig Fell Into a Well" at 8 p.m. in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building. This 1996 film will be introduced by poet, critic and editor Kim Sae-in.

Five IWP writers will discuss "Why I Write the Way I Do" at noon Friday, Oct. 29, in the 2nd floor North Study Lounge of the Iowa City Public Library, with pizza. The participants will be Christopher Kloeble from Germany, Turusbek Madilbay from Kyrgyzstan, Chehem Watta from Djibouti, Anisul Hoque from Bangladesh and Khin Maung Nyo from Myanmar.

At 5 p.m. Friday the IWP's Shambaugh House Reading Series moves to UI Main Library's second floor North Study Lounge (Room 2001) with readings by poet and essayist Cho Yong Mee from South Korea and fiction writer Hon Lai Chu from Hong Kong, with refreshments.

And a joint IWP/Writing University reading will feature fiction writers Xu Zechen from China and Solvi Bjorn Sigurdsson, Iceland, joined by Writers' Workshop poetry student Dani Wheeler at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St.

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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