2013 Between the Lines

We are gearing up for a great summer here at the International Writing Program, with:

BTL Arabic World: June 22 - July 6

BTL Russia: July 13 - July 27

On this page you'll find information about BTL instructors, staff, and maps of where BTL students will be traveling from when they attend BTL 2013 in Iowa City this summer.

Note: U.S. students, please check back this fall for details on how to apply for BTL 2014. The application cycle for international students will begin in February 2014.

Meet the Instructors:

BTL Arabic World 2013:

John Murillo

John MURILLO’s first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. His other honors include a 2011 Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, the New York Times, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Currently, he serves on the creative writing faculty at New York University.

Ghada Abdel Aal

Ghada ABDEL AAL is a blogger, newspaper and magazine columnist, screenwriter and author of the bestselling Ayza Atgawez (I Want to Get Married), a sociopolitical satire that examines the cultural expectations placed upon women of marriageable age in Egypt. Her book has been translated into five languages, and Abdel Aal’s comedic screenplay adaptation won The Golden Pyramid award at the Cairo Arabic Media Festival. Ms. Abdel Aal is an alumna of the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency, and recipient of the 2012 Bauer Prize for promising new writers at Incroci di Civiltà, Venice’s International Literary Festival.

Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City will host an author reading for Mr. Murillo and Ms. Abdel Aal on Wednesday, June 26th. All are welcome. Please check the Prairie Lights reading calendar in June for the exact time of the reading.  

 BTL Russia 2013:

Alan Cherchesov

Alan CHERCHESOV has published the novels Requiem for Living (1994; and, in English, Northwestern University Press, 2005), Wreath for the Grave of the Wind (2000), and Villa Belle-Lettre (2005), in addition to numerous short stories. He was an IWP resident in 2010, during which time he finished his latest novel, Don Ivan (2012). Cherchesov is the president of the Institute of Civilization, a private educational institute in Vladikavkaz, in North Ossetia, Russia. The recipient of a number of literary prizes, he was a finalist for the 2001 and 2006 Russian Booker Awards. His novel Don Ivan was nominated for Russia's Big Book Award.

Kiki Petrosino

Kiki PETROSINO is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville. She has authored two collections of poetry: Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009) and Hymn for the Black Terrific (forthcoming from Sarabande in 2013). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Harvard Review, FENCE, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA degree from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City will host an author reading for Mr. Cherchesov and Ms. Petrosino on Tuesday, July 23rd. All are welcome. Please check the Prairie Lights reading calendar in July for the exact time of the reading.  

Between the Lines Staff at the International Writing Program:

Kelly  MORSE

Kelly MORSE holds an MFA from Boston University and a BA in Spanish Literature from Boise State University. She brings three years of program management and six years of teaching experience to the IWP. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Alimentum, Plan B Magazine, Conversations Across Borders and elsewhere. Currently, she is working on a series of poems that explores linguistic and world-view gaps between cultures after living for two years in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is her first year as Program Coordinator for Between the Lines.

Emily Seiple

Emily SEIPLE will receive her BA from the University of Iowa in English and Creative Writing in May 2013. She is currently completing a creative nonfiction thesis that examines how writing and the act of naming affects sense of place and the search for home. Since joining the IWP staff in 2011, Between the Lines has been a highlight of her experience in Iowa and she plans to visit as many program alumni as possible. She volunteers with the Iowa Youth Writing Project and other community-centered initiatives, helping plan events and on-going outreach within local immigrant and refugee communities.

Where are BTL students coming from?

BTL Arabic World students will hail from Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen as well as the American states of California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.

BTL Russia will include students from Berdsk Novosibirsk Oblast, Dzerzhinsk, Moscow, Petrozavodsk, Smolensk, Tivdia, Vologda, and Zhuravskaia/Krasnodar in Russia as well as American students from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, New York, Pennslyvania, and Wisconsin.

IWP Calendar (more)

June 2014

September 2014

Happening Now... (more)
  • The Debaters, a play by Chris MLALAZI (IWP '12) about a hypothetical presidential debate in an unnamed African country, just went into rehearsal in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

  • Billy Karanja KAHORA (IWP '10, Kenya), shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing.

  • The distinguished Romanian poet and translator Nina CASSIAN (IWP '86) died in New York, where she had sought political asylum in 1985.  

  • A new Iowa Literaria just out, with an Iowa City dossier featuring South Cone alums Martin REJTMAN ('00), Giovanna RIVERO ('04), Fedosy SANTAELLA ('09),Gonzalo GARCES ('10), Luis BRAVO ('10) and Maria CRISTOFF ('11).

  • We note with sadness the passing of playwright, scholar, novelist and activist Pat Amadu MADDY  (Sierra Leone; IWP '92).