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Sept. 9, 2010

International Writing Program presents a week of free events Sept. 15-19

The 2010 University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) is now in full swing, with a series of free events Sept. 15-19. The schedule includes:

--The Cinematheque series will present a screening of the 2010 German film "Soul Boy," in conversation with Kenyan writer Billy Kahora at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.
--A panel discussion with pizza, "Satire's Global Reach" -- featuring David Hill of New Zealand, Pola Oloixarac of Argentina, Maryia Zartysevich of Belarus and Farhad A.K. Sulliman Khoyratty of Mauritius at noon Friday, Sept. 17, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.
--A reading with refreshments by Alan Cherchesov from Russia and Albana Shala from the Netherlands at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St.
--A joint reading with the Writers' University featuring Ismail Bala from Nigeria and Chandrahas Choudhury from India at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in Prairie Lights Books.

Read the bios of the IWP writers at Become a Facebook friend of the IWP at!/pages/Iowa-City-IA/International-Writing-Program/39135032067?ref=ts&__a=21&ajaxpipe=1.

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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