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Oct. 29, 2010

Nov. 3-7 events are final chances to link up with International Writing Program writers

A series of free events Nov. 3-7 will provide the final opportunities for the public to meet the 2010 participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP):

--11/3: A Cinematheque screening at 8 p.m. in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.
--11/5: A panel discussion, “Images of America,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library, with pizza, and a reading in the Shambaugh House at 5 p.m., with refreshments.
--11/7: An IWP/Writing University readings at 4 p.m. in Prairie Lights.

The Cinematheque event will be a screening of "881," presented by O Thiam Chin from Singapore. In this 2007 film musical, two good friends grow up with a mad love for the Getai culture, a traditional Singaporean form of art with stage and song performances. After being blessed by the Getai Goddess, they become the most popular Getai duo of the country, prompting envious rivals to sabotage their performances.

"Images of America" is a popular event that traditionally concludes the IWP series of public library panel discussion. In a free-flowing, open-mic format, the writers share what they've learned, discovered, loved and “loved not-so-much” about America during their stay.

The final Shambaugh House reading will feature poet and performance artist Hinemoana Baker from New Zealand and fiction and script writer Ofir Touche Gafla from Israel.

Baker has worked as a Maori and ESOL educator, a radio journalist and a musician, and she has collaborated on many stage, film, sound, and radio productions. She blogs at

Gafla has written scripts for animation, a rock opera, children’s stories and several short-story collections. He has won the Geffen Award for Best SF/Fantasy and the Kugel Award for Hebrew Literature and his work has appeared in several anthologies.

On Nov. 7 novelists David Hill from New Zealand and Ghada Abdel Aal from Egypt will be joined by Nonfiction Writing Program student Clint Peters from Texas.

Hill has written 27 novels for children and young adults, published in 12 countries and in seven languages, as well as several plays for teenagers, short stories, plays and poetry for children in magazines, anthologies and on radio.

Abdel Aal is a pharmacist and regular columnist for the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Shorouk and the seasonal magazine Black and White. Her satirical novel "Aiza Atgawez" has been translated into Italian, German, and Dutch, and turned into a TV series. The English translation, "I Want to Get Married!," was published this month and she curates the online blog

IWP writers' bios are available at

The 2010 IWP community of 38 writers from 32 countries has included 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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