TITLE: Writers from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their Work
SPEAKER: Elena Bossi, Khaled Khalifa, Kavery Nambisam, Aziz Shakir-Tash, Ognjen Spahic
EVENT DATE: 11/15/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 62 minutes
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Writers from the distinguished International Writing Program at the University of Iowa read from their works at the Library of Congress in a program jointly sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center and the International Writing Program.
The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa introduces talented writers to American life, providing them with the time and setting to produce literary work. The program has welcomed more than 1,000 writers to the United States from more than 100 countries in its nearly 40-year history.
The five writers scheduled to read were Elena Bossi from Argentina; Khaled Khalifa, Syria; Kavery Nambisam, India; Aziz Shakir-Tash, Bulgaria; and Ognjen Spahic, Montenegro.
The International Writing Program participants are supported by the U.S. Department of State, grants from cultural institutions, governments abroad and private funds, and through bilateral agreements with other countries.
Speaker Biography: Elena Bossi is a poet, essayist, literary critic and editor from Argentina. She has written one collection of poetry, titled in translation, "Rags" (1990), and several volumes of literary criticism, most recently "Magical Beings of Argentina" (2007). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and journals.
Speaker Biography: Khaled Khalifa is a screenwriter and novelist from Syria who has written extensively for film and television and published three novels, titled in translation "The Guard of Deception" (1993); "The Gypsy Notebooks" (2000); and "In Praise of Hatred" (2006).
Speaker Biography: Kavery Nambisam is a novelist, fiction writer and essayist from India who has worked as a surgeon in rural areas throughout her country. She currently runs a medical center for workers in Maharashtra and a Learning Center for their children. She has written five novels, most recently "The Hills of Angheri" (2005) and several children???s books.
Speaker Biography: Aziz Shakir-Tash is a poet, fiction writer and translator from Bulgaria who works in Arabic, Turkish and English, both as a scholar and as a writer. He has written three books of poetry, most recently "A Sky at 33" (2007), and one collection of short stories, "Rain Apocrypha" (2004).
Speaker Biography: Ognjen Spahic, a fiction writer from Montenegro, studied civil engineering and philosophy at the University of Montenegro. He has written one novel, "Hansen's Children" (2004), and two collections of short stories, "All That" (2001) and "Winter Search" (2007).