IWP Staff

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

Christopher MERRILL has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.

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.

Alyssa Cokinis
Alyssa Cokinis
ICRU Fellow, Between the Lines

Alyssa COKINIS is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English on the Creative Writing Track, and in Theatre Arts. An alumna of ‘Between the Lines’ (2012), she is the drama editor for earthwords: the undergraduate literary review; in 2016 she will be co-editing UI's new literary translation magazine Borderless. Her writing has appeared in The Light Ekphrastic, INK, Ant vs. Whale, and Beatdom. Since 2015 she has been one of IWP’s ICRU research fellows.

Lisa Daily
Lisa Daily
Program Coordinator for Silk Routes
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 divides her time between editing, teaching, scholarly work, and translating. She is the editor of  IWP's imprint 91st Meridian Books at Autumn Hill Books, and the program's journal 91st Meridian., and the co-editor of World Cinemas,Transnational Perspectives (2010), the winner of SCMS's 2011 Best Edited Collection award.

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
ICRU Fellow, 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.

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

Kathleen MARIS PALTRINERI 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.

Pablo Rodríguez Balbontín
Pablo Rodríguez Balbontín
Graduate Assistant
100 Shambaugh House
pablo-rodriguezbalbontin@uiowa.edu

Pablo Rodríguez Balbontín is a PhD candidate in the Spanish & Portuguese Department at the University of Iowa. With a background in philosophy and literary theory from the University of Seville and the University of Granada, he is writing a dissertation on the influence of digital technologies (especially wargames) on the Hispanic literary field.

Max Seifert
Max Seifert
ICRU Research Fellow
100 Shambaugh House
max-seifert@uiowa.edu

Max SEIFERT is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in English with a minor in French. He works as a poetry editor for earthwords: the undergraduate literary review. His poetry and fiction have been published by ink lit mag, plain china, The Adroit Journal, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

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.

Charles Truong
Charles Truong
Assistant, Distance Learning

Charles TRUONG is a senior at the University of Iowa, where he is studying English and Computer Science. He is a freelance videographer and president of the University of Iowa's breakdance club.

Natalie Vicchio
Natalie Vicchio
Between the Lines, Assistant
100 Shambaugh House
natalie-vicchio@uiowa.edu

Natalie VICCHIO holds a BA in English Literature, with emphasis on Creative Writing, from the University of Iowa. She has been working for Between the Lines since 2014.

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