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Home And A Way: International Writers Today
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 6:00pm

Join the Portland Center for Public Humanities as we welcome Maxine Case (Fiction, South Africa), Laura Fish (Fiction, England), Eduardo Halfon (Fiction, Guatemala), Farangis Siahpoor (Filmaker, Iran), and Tang Ling (Fiction and Screenwriter, China) for a reception and forum that looks at the daily life of the international writer—from how they “become” a writer to the support systems that exist for each of them in their native lands, and a discussion of the challenges facing writers creatively, politically and technically.
Since its beginnings in the 1960s, over 1200 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the International Writers Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa—a program designed for established and emerging creative writers and structured to provide the authors with time and space to write, read, translate, study, conduct research, travel, give readings, stage work, and become part of the community at large.
Join us for a reception and forum that looks at the daily life of the international writer—from how they “become” a writer to the support systems that exist for each of them in their native lands, and a discussion of the challenges facing writers creatively, politically and technically.

The author reception will be at 5:45 with the event starting at 6:30.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Ooligan Press, the MFA in Creative Writing at PSU, and the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Laura FISH (fiction writer; England) has over 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 (1995) and Strange Music (2008), which was listed for the 2009 Orange Prize, and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She holds the RCUK Academic Fellowship in Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Eduardo HALFON (fiction writer; Guatemala) was born in 1971 in Guatemala City. He studied Industrial Engineering in North Carolina State University, and then was Literature Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala. He has published Esto no es una pipa, Saturno (Alfaguara 2003, Punto de Lectura 2007), De cabo roto (Littera Books 2003), El ángel literario (Anagrama 2004, Semifinalist of the Herralde Prize for Novel), Siete minutos de desasosiego (Panamericana Editorial 2007), Clases de hebreo (AMG 2008), Clases de dibujo (AMG 2009, XV Café Bretón y Bodegas Olarra Literary Prize), El boxeador polaco (Pre-Textos 2008) and La pirueta (Pre-Textos 2010, Winner of the José María de Pereda Priza for Short Novel). Parts of his work have been translated into Serbian, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and English. In 2007 he was named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá.  [He appears as a guest of the IWP and the Wordstock Festival.]

Farangis SIAHPOOR (filmmaker; Iran) has written, directed and produced [Once Upon a Time], The Day After Tomorrow, and Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce, the experimental Fly’s Eye, and the documentaries Ferdosi and Situation.  Her credits include work as editor, cinematographer, producer, production designer and script supervisor. She has served as a referee for film festivals at Tehran University, and is the author of a collection of short stories [It Passes You By] and the play Irani Eyd. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Tang LING (fiction and screenwriter, China) writes avant-garde plays, episodes for Chinese language TV series in Singapore, and has published numerous short stories and novellas with Harvest and other presses.  Her novel The First Time (2006) was published by Harvest.  Tell Laola I Love Her (2001) was selected by the Creation and Research Department of Chinese Writers Association for inclusion in The Best Chinese Novellas for 2001.