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September 20, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Three distinguished writers in residence from the University of Iowa’s international writing program will be at Viterbo University for a reading and panel discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Elena Bossi of Argentina, Khaled Khalifeh of Syria, and Peter Kimani of Kenya, will read from their works and then participate in a panel discussion about the values of internationalism, which will include questions from the audience. The trio will also participate in a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center room 107.

Both the evening event and the breakfast are free and open to the public. For questions or breakfast reservations, contact Viterbo English faculty member Bill Stobb at 608-796-3486 or

Elena Bossi, the author of the poetry collection, Rags, and has been published in numerous magazines, journals, and volumes of literary criticism. She has also received fellowships from the University of Italy and the National Endowment for the Arts Secretariat of Culture in Argentina.

Khaled Khalifeh has written dozens of scripts for film and television and is the author of three novels, The Guard of Deception, The Gypsy Notebooks, and A Tribute to Hatred, which have been published in multiple editions in the Arab world. He is now working on his fourth novel, A Parallel Life.

Peter Kimani is an emerging young journalist, playwright, and poet. His first novel, Before the Rooster Crows, was published to wide acclaim. He currently works as a freelance journalist for several newspapers in East Africa.

Both events are sponsored by Viterbo’s departments of English, global education, and world languages, and the President’s International Initiatives Fund.

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