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The International Writing Program to Bring Special Guest & Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka to Iowa City

The IWP is delighted to announce a special visitor to our program, and to our town. On Sunday, November 6th, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will take part in two public events.

1) At 3:00 pm in Shambaugh Auditorium (Main Library), Soyinka will be presented with the Rex Honey African Studies Program Lectureship Award at a ceremony in which he will lecture and sign books.

2) At 7:30 pm, he will give a reading at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Wole Soyinka (Playwright, Poet, Novelist, and Essayist ): Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, Wole Soyinka has published more than thirty works, and continues to be active on various international artistic and Human Rights organizations. A Yoruba born in Western Nigeria and educated in Ibadan, Wole Soyinka continued his studies at the University of Leeds, England, earning an Honours degree in English, then joined the Royal Court Theatre, London, as a play-reader. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller grant and returned to Nigeria, where he researched theatre, and founded two theatre companies. 

Soyinka’s plays include The Swamp Dwellers; The Lion and the Jewel; The Trials of Brother Jero; Jero’s Metamorphosis; A Dance of the Forests; Kongi’s Harvest; Madmen and Specialists; The Strong Breed; The Road; Death and the King's Horseman; A Play of Giants; Requiem for a Futurologist

Soyinka has written two novels, The Interpreters and Season of Anomy. Autobiographical works include The Man Died: Prison Notes; AKE, The Years of Childhood; IBADAN, The Penkelemes Years and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. Literary essays are collected in, among others, Myth, Literature and the African World and Art, Dialogue and Outrage while his political and other thematic writings appear in The Open Sore of a Continent; The Burden of Memory, Muse of Forgiveness and his BBC Reith Lectures published as The Climate of Fear. His poems are collected in Idanre and Other Poems; Poems from Prison; A Shuttle in the Crypt; Ogun Abibiman; Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems; SAMARKAND and Other Markets I have Known

Wole Soyinka has won numerous civic and professional awards, held several university positions, and still lectures extensively. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Comparative Literature, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and President’s Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

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