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Sept. 2, 2010

Week two of the IWP at the UI includes five free events

The second week of the 2010 University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will include five free public events:
--Sept. 7: IWP participants from Poland and Pakistan will read from their work at 7 p.m. in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, streamed live on the Writing University website,
--Sept. 9: Irish poets Cashman and McBreen at 7 p.m. in Prairie Lights, also streamed live and archived.
--Sept. 10: A panel discussion, "A Sense of Place," at noon in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public library, with pizza.
--Sept. 10: A Shambaugh House Reading featuring writers from Germany and Kyrgyzstan at 5 p.m. with refreshments.
--Sept. 12: IWP participants from the Philippines and England at 4 p.m. in Prairie Lights.

The Sept. 7 reading will feature Slovenian/Polish poet and translator Milosz Biedrzycki and Pakistani fiction writer H.M. Naqvi. Biedrzycki, an engineer by trade, is the author of six volumes of poetry. His most recent book available in English is "69," published this year.

Naqvi’s debut novel, "Home Boy," was published in 2009. He has taught creative writing at Boston University and Georgetown University, worked as a banker and run a spoken-word venue. He has written for Forbes and the Global Post, and his poems have been broadcast on BBC and NPR.

The Sept. 9 reading, presented in collaboration with the Iowa Writers' Workshop, features Irish poets Seamus Cashman and Joan McBreen.

Cashman’s most recent volume of poetry is "That Morning Will Come: New and Selected Poetry." "Secrets," a sequence of 13 poems written following a visit to Palestine, are passionate responses to a contemporary political tragedy. Cashman is also the founder of one of Ireland's leading literary and cultural publishing houses, Wolfhound Press.

McBreen, from Sligo, Ireland, moved from teaching to writing poetry in the 1980s. Since then she’s written "Winter in the Eye," and "Heather Island," and edited "The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets," and "The White Page: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets."

The Friday panel discussion will feature writers from the Philippines, England, the Netherlands and Nigeria: Ian Rosales Casocot (Philippines), Laura Fish (England), Albana Shala (Netherlands) and Ismail Bala (Nigeria).

In the Shambaugh House reading Christopher Kloeble from Germany and Turusbek Madilbay from Kyrgyzstan will read from their work. Kloeble, a novelist, playwright and screenwriter, has studied in Dublin, at the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig and at the University for Film in Munich, and has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung. His plays “U-Turn,” and “Memory,” have been staged in major theatres in Vienna, Munich, Heidelberg and Nuremberg. For his first novel, "Amongst Loners," he won the Juergen Ponto-Stiftung prize, and his second book, "A Knock at the Door," was published last year.

Madilbay, a writer and translator, is the editor of The New Literature of Kyrgyzstan. His books include "The Sufferings of Young Berdi," "Phoenix," and "Wall"; the documentary tales "They Always Came Together," and "Coronet for the Noble Man"; and the encyclopedia "Ketmen-tobo."

In the Sunday reading Samar and Fish will be joined by Iowa Writers' Workshop student Arna Bontemps Hemenway.

Samar is the author of two books of poetry, and his 2009 novel, "Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog," was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and won the NCCA Writer’s Prize for the Novel. He teaches Philippine Literature and Creative Writing at Ateneo de Manila University.

Fish has more than a decade’s experience in broadcast television and radio, working for the BBC in news, current affairs, light entertainment and on documentaries. She has held posts as a creative writing tutor at St. Andrews University, the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and the University of East Anglia.

She is the author of the novels "Flight of Black Swans," and "Strange Music," which was listed for the 2009 Orange Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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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