IWP Staff

Christopher Merrill
Christopher Merrill
Director
100 Shambaugh House
christopher-merrill@uiowa.edu

Christopher MERRILL works across genres with books that include four collections of poetry; translations of the poetry of the Slovenian Aleš Debeljak; several edited volumes; and four books of nonfiction, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, and Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He has held a professorship at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.

Kelly Bedeian
Kelly Bedeian
Program Officer
100 Shambaugh House
kelly-bedeian@uiowa.edu

Kelly BEDEIAN received a BA degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, after which she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Kelly went on to work on a variety of professional development and exchange programs as a Program Manager at CONNECT/US-RUSSIA, a non-profit organization based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2001 Kelly returned to life overseas, working with the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) first as a Program Manager for the Community Connections program then later in a dual role as the Country Manager for the IREX/Armenia office and the Regional Manager for the Internet Access and Training Program in the Caucasus Region. Kelly joined the IWP staff in 2004.

Maria Bertorello
Maria Bertorello
Administrative Services Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House
maria-bertorello@uiowa.edu

Maria Teresa BERTORELLO is a 1991 graduate of Catholic University in Cordoba, Argentina, where she earned a BA in Business Administration. She has been studying English since childhood, and spent time in Great Britain as an exchange student. A healthcare administrator in Argentina, she has since arriving in the US worked at the corporate offices of Metso and Staples; she joined the IWP in January of 2011. 

 

 

Lisa Daily
Lisa Daily
Program Coordinator for Silk Routes and Between the Lines
100 Shambaugh House
lisa-daily@uiowa.edu

Lisa DAILY is a current PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University and holds an MLA in Social & Political Thought from the University of South Florida. She received a dual BA in East Asian Studies and a concentrated major interweaving the visual arts and creative writing. Her areas of expertise are in visual culture, the political economy of consumption, ethical capital, and globalization with an emphasis on contemporary and historical issues of global inequality. Prior to joining the IWP in June of 2014, Lisa taught a number of humanities and global affairs courses. She also previously taught art classes and worked with cultural arts community outreach programs. She expects to finish her dissertation in December 2015. Lisa is the program coordinator for IWP's Silk Routes program and Between the Lines. 

Lisa DuPree
Lisa DuPree
Administrative Services Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House
lisa-dupree@uiowa.edu

Lisa DUPREE, a native Iowan, comes to the IWP with degrees in both Liberal Arts and Accounting, having previously worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Away from the office, her interests include reading and musical theater, and she has recently discovered a passion for baking. She also works with various wildlife rescue and rehabilitation agencies, and serves as a hospice volunteer. Always looking for new opportunities, she believes in never putting off until tomorrow what can be experienced today.

Nataša Ďurovičová
Nataša Ďurovičová
Editor
100 Shambaugh House
natasa-durovicova@uiowa.edu

Nataša ĎUROVIČOVÁ grew up in Czechoslovakia and Sweden. She has studied at the University of Lund,  University of California at Santa Barbara and at UCLA. She divides her time between editing, teaching, scholarly work, and translating. With Kathleen Newman, she has co-edited World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2009).

Hugh Ferrer
Hugh Ferrer
Associate Director
100 Shambaugh House
hugh-ferrer@uiowa.edu

Hugh FERRER earned an AB in Philosophy from Princeton University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has been with the International Writing Program since 2001. He also serves as the Fiction Editor of the Iowa Review and is working on his first novel.

Kelly Morse
Kelly Morse
Coordinator, Between the Lines
100 Shambaugh House
kelly-morse@uiowa.edu

Kelly MORSE holds an MFA in Poetry from Boston University and a BA in Spanish Literature from Boise State University. Currently, she is working on a series that explores linguistic and world-view gaps between Eastern and Western cultures after living for two years in Hanoi, along with slowly translating a book-length manuscript by Vietnamese poet Ly Doi. She brings three years of program management and six years of teaching to the IWP.

Mary Nazareth
Mary Nazareth
Housing Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House

Mary NAZARETH was born in Tanzania and is of Goan descent. She is in charge of the day-to-day lives of the International Writing Program participants. She assists the Program with practical matters and helps writers with the variety of needs that arise from their adjustment to living in Iowa City. She has been associated with the IWP for over 25 years.

Peter Nazareth
Peter Nazareth
Program Advisor
468 English-Philosophy Building
peter-nazareth@uiowa.edu

Peter NAZARETH, from Uganda of Goan descent, is Adviser to Foreign Writers. He has published several books of fiction and criticism, including the novel In a Brown Mantle. Educated at Makerere University and Leeds, he is Professor of English and African-American World Studies. His course, Literatures of the African Peoples, received the Distinguished Independent Study Course Award from the National University Continuing Education Association. His second novel, The General Is Up, was reprinted by TSAR Books, Toronto. A collection of critical essays on the work of Ngugi is forthcoming. His work has been translated into Hungarian, Polish, Japanese, Korean, Bengali, Hebrew, Arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Portuguese, and Konkani. He teaches a widely-publicized course on Elvis as Anthology at the University of Iowa.

Samantha Nissen
Samantha Nissen
Program Coordinator for Outreach and Special Programs
100 Shambaugh House
samantha-nissen@uiowa.edu

Samantha NISSEN graduated from the University of Iowa and holds BA degrees in journalism and international studies, with an emphasis in Japanese language and literature. She is currently enrolled in a professional program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Samantha joined the International Writing Program in June 2014.

Susannah Shive
Susannah Shive
Distance Learning Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House
susannah-shive@uiowa.edu

Susannah SHIVE is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Tufts University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Before joining the International Writing Program, she taught fiction writing and creative writing at the University of Iowa and was previously a marketing manager and a research knowledge manager for higher education at Perkins+Will.

Joseph Tiefenthaler
Joseph Tiefenthaler
Fall Residency Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House
joe-tiefenthaler@uiowa.edu

Joseph TIEFENTHALER is a native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa. He divides his time between coordinating the Fall Residency at the International Writing Program; the literary programming for the Mission Creek Festival; and at Wag’s Revue, where he is Assistant Fiction Editor. His fiction can be found online at the Knox Writers’ House.