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.

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

Lisa DAILY is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University, where she is currently completing her dissertation, titled “Ethics Incorporated: Ethical Commodity Formations & the Rise of a ‘Conscious Capitalism.'" She also holds an MLA in Social & Political Thought from the University of South Florida, and a dual BA in East Asian Studies and visual arts/creative writing. Before joining IWP in 2014, she taught humanities and global affairs courses, as well as art classes.

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.

Haley Larson
Haley Larson
RA, MOOCs
100 Shambaugh House
haley-larson@uiowa.edu

Haley LARSON is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Iowa with an MFA in Poetry from Colorado State University. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in La Petite Zine, Fourteen Hills, eccolinguistics and Drunken Boat, among other publications; her film collaborations have screened at Raindance Film Festival-London, Experimental Film Festival-Portland, STARZ Denver Film Festival, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing, literature, composition, and psychology, and previously served as a poetry editor at Superstition Review and an associate editor at Colorado Review.

Jeffrey Lauber
Jeffrey Lauber
Intern, MOOCs
100 Shambaugh House
jeffrey-lauber@uiowa.edu

Jeffrey LAUBER is a junior at the University of Iowa, where he is studying International Studies with an emphasis in Latin American Studies, as well as Spanish and writing.

Addie Leak
Addie Leak
Program Coordinator, Lanterns of Hope
100 Shambaugh House
addie-leak@uiowa.edu

Addie Leak holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa; her translations have appeared in the Buenos Aires Review, Drunken Boat, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. While primarily translating French and French-language North African literature, she has also worked in Spanish, and hopes one day to feel at home enough in Arabic to translate from that language. She has taught classes in ESL, literature, creative writing, and translation. She is the UI’s 2014-2015 Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer for Literary Translation, and in 2015-6 will be teaching French at Coe College.

Kathleen Maris
Kathleen Maris
Fall Residency Coordinator
100 Shambaugh House
kathleen-maris@uiowa.edu

Kathleen MARIS attended high school in Iowa and Seoul, studied at the University of Oslo, and taught English as Second Language in Madrid. She has a dual B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and International Studies from Iowa State University, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, ILK, Alice Blue Review, Thrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere; she was also a poetry editor at Barnstorm. Before joining IWP she taught ESL at the University of New Hampshire.

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.

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.

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.

Monica O’Neil
Monica O’Neil
Accounting Specialist
100 Shambaugh House
monica-oneil@uiowa.edu

Monica O’NEIL is the IWP's accounting specialist. She grew up in the Iowa City area and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA. Having worked in various UI departments for more than fifteen years, she joined the IWP in 2014. In her spare time, Monica enjoys family, reading and gardening.

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; her preceding position was as a marketing manager and a research knowledge manager for higher education at Perkins+Will.

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