FAYETTE, Iowa (September 28, 2012) – Upper Iowa University will host an International Authors Day event Friday, October 5, on the Fayette campus. With the help of International Programs and Liberals Arts, the UIU Writing Center welcomes three recognized authors for a panel discussion on the writing life and a reading of their work. The public is welcome to attend.
This is the second year Upper Iowa University has hosted an International Authors Day event. "The Writing Center has been fortunate to be able to collaborate with the renowned International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in bringing authors to our Fayette Campus from around the globe." said Caroline Ledeboer, UIU Writing Center director and adjunct instructor in English. "This is an opportunity for people to think about writing outside of the classroom and appreciate authors beyond our American borders."
A panel discussion will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building auditorium, followed by a reading by each author at 3:45 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The three authors featured include T.J. Dema, a poet from Botswana, Barlen Pyamootoo, a fiction writer from Mauritius, and Milagros Socorro, a fiction/non-fiction writer from Venezuela.
Dema is a founding member of her country's spoken word movement and a member of Sonic Slam Chorus, a former chair of the Writers' Association of Botswana, and runs Sauti Arts and Performance Management. An editor and anthologized poet, she has produced a multilingual CD, "Dreaming Is A Gift For Me," featuring 12 Botswana poets. This summer she took part in the Cultural Olympiad's Poetry Parnassus in London.
Pyamootoo is the founder/director of publishing houses Alma and L'Atelier d'ecriture, and leads the creative writing workshop at the Institut Francais de Maurice. He has published three novels, including Le tour de Babylone and Salogi's. In 2006, Pyamootoo wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film adapted from his novel Bénarès.
Socorro is the author of 13 books, including the short story collections Una atmósfera de viaje (A Journey's Atmosphere) and Actos de Salvajismo (Acts of Wildness), and the novel El abrazo de tamarindo (The Embrace of the Tamarind Tree). Her works has appeared in numerous anthologies of Latin American literature, and she has edited 12 literary collections. She teaches journalism and creative writing at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, is the editor of the online news portal Código Venezuela, and contributes regularly to magazines and newspapers.
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