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Writer to share stories of every day Iraqis

In a talk titled “How Iraqis Cope: Life at Their Ground Zero,” writer and editor Maura Stephens will share personal stories of Iraqi families, give an historical overview, discuss the current situation, and offer ways to end the quagmire in Iraq.

Her presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the auditorium of the Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan. The talk is sponsored by Yates Progressives, a group formed to promote dialogue on topics of public interest.

Stephens and her husband, photographer George Sapio, have lived in Tioga County since 1989. They first visited Iraq in February 2003, and returned during the summer on humanitarian and information-gathering missions. Stephens revisited the country in May and videotaped a score of interviews with Iraqis; she is currently working on a documentary from the material.

Stephens has written on Iraq for Salon.com and Bookpress, among other publications, and is in regular touch with many “everyday” Iraqi families. She is currently trying to help some of them escape the horror of life in a country that has spun out of control.

The couple have written a book, “Collateral Damage,” after their pre-invasion trip, with many of Sapio’s photographs of Iraqi people and places. Sapio’s photography has been exhibited in many other venues as well.

Stephens spent 19 years at Newsweek and Newsweek International magazines in various capacities, and is now an editor at Ithaca College.

For details, call Charlotte Gillespie at (315) 536-7185 or Vaughn Baker at (315) 536-2652.