Visits with IWP Writers in Moscow, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius, May 3-23, 2013: A UI Libraries’ Collection Development Trip
A guest post from Ericka Raber, Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Iowa
UI Libraries began to actively collect works of IWP writers in 2008, 40+ years after the program’s founding; the Libraries’ collection project is thus both retrospective and ongoing, which makes it both extensive and challenging.
More than thirty writers from Russia have participated in the IWP, and of those who live in Moscow, I was able to connect with eight before my departure.on LiveJournal, a popular blog platform for Russian writers.
On my way back to the hotel, I stopped in a neighborhood church to mark Orthodox Easter. That evening, playwright Sergei Task (IWP ’94) arranged tickets to an amazing production of Alice Through the Looking-Glass at the new Fomenko Theater.Mikhail Butov (IWP ’06), deputy editor at the venerable literary journal Novyj Mir, at his office near Pushkin Square. Mikhail was anxiously awaiting the publication of his book Po tu storonu kozhi [On the Other Side of the Skin], a collection of novellas and short stories. He too writes about literature, life, and music on LiveJournal. This meeting yielded contacts with additional authors, and during that week, I met with ten more writers in coffee shops, the hotel lobby, and occasionally, following Russian traditions of hospitality, in their kitchens.
One of my most memorable visits was at the home of Maiia Kucherskaya (IWP ‘08), where we had a gourmet meal prepared by Maiia’s husband Sasha, and talked at length about religion and politics. Although modest about her success, Maiia is receiving accolades, including the long list for the Russian Booker Prize for her recent novel Tetia Motia [Auntie Motya or Auntie Mina].
Thursday (Victory Day, May 9) was another day for cultural programming. One of the few things you can do on this major national holiday is to watch the massive demonstration of military might. After the parade, I went out to Kolomenskoe estate, an historical and architectural museum and reserve southeast from downtown.Dmitrii Kuzmin (IWP ’04) at his apartment, which also serves as a warehouse for his publishing house ARGO-RISK. Over tea and sweets in the kitchen, we discussed the humanities crisis within the universities, the monopoly of big publishers, and Putin’s decency laws. The floors were covered with stacks of publishing stock, and I purchased over 100 titles for the UI Libraries, selecting works of other IWP authors and complete series when possible. Dmitrii too can be found on LiveJournal.
Other IWP alumni I visited with were Kseniia Dragunskaia (’04), Ol’ga Mukhina (’98), Gleb Shul’piakov (’99), Sergei Task (’94), Aleksei Varlamov (’97), Andrei Bychkov (’01), Kseniia Golubovich (’06), and Alisa Ganieva (’13). Each visit was delightful in its own way. The writers were so generous with their time, and I was grateful to learn about their current projects:
In addition to republishing some of her children’s books, writing short stories for adults, and scripts for plays, Kseniia Dragunskaia is busy with activities to commemorate the 100-year celebration of the birthday of her father, the well-known and much-loved children’s author Victor Dragunskii.Ikona sezona [Icon Season], a film based on her play “Flying,” was released early in 2013. Olga’s plans include studying to become a choir regent in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Gleb Shul’piakov enjoys working from his Moscow Zamoskvorech'e studio apartment, but for writing, he prefers his country home. His recent novel Muzei imeni Dante [The Dante Museum] was reviewed by Maiia Kucherskaia for Vedomosti.ru. In addition to writing poetry and prose, Gleb is a translator and media personality, regularly presenting book talks on Radio Kultura.write plays and translations. One recently commissioned work was Richard Yates’ Cold Spring Harbor; this spring, his translation of Neil Simon’s Fools was playing at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater.
Aleksei Varlamov teaches Silver Age literature at Moscow State University and the Gorky Literature Institute. He donated his new volume Rozhdenie [Birth], which includes an essay on his IWP experience in 1997.
Andrei Bychkov works as a psychotherapist. His recent writing projects have included feature films and screenplays. He’s also working with the Open World organization, teaching classes on psychotherapeutic writing.
Kseniia Golubovich is working more on prose than poetry at the moment. She has been a recent partner in conversation with poet and prose writer Olga Sedakova.interviewed about life and culture in Dagestan, Alisa continues to work as an editor with Nezavisimaya gazeta.
I managed to visit just a few bookstores during my Moscow stay: Biblioglobus, Falanster, and a couple of big chain stores on or near Tverskaia Street. Unfortunately, time did not allow a visit to the highly recommended bookstores Bilingua Café or Tsiolkovsky.
I took a Soviet-style overnight train to Tallinn, and stayed at a hostel on a cobblestone street within the Old Town walls.
I was able to meet with all three IWP alumni from Estonia, Indrek Tart (’92), Karl Martin Sinijärv (‘95), and Doris Kareva (’06). Indrek has left literary pursuits to continue his work in the social sciences, but donated his Basic Human Values in Estonia and Baltic Sea Countries to the Libraries.
A fun activity in Tallinn was touring the Kiek in de Kök (Peep into the Kitchen) tower and the bastion tunnels below, which were used as bomb shelters during World War II. I also biked out to the Baltic Sea, which proved to be more challenging than my directions indicated.
Sickness caused me to miss meeting with Gundega Repše (IWP ’96) in Riga, forcing me to settle for what I could find in local stores, and fortunately found several volumes we did not have.
Anna Auziņa (IWP ’96) offered an update on her life, with plans to finish her MA in literary theory and work on her fourth book of poems, then guided me to a couple of bookstores and the Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā, where I was able to take a look at her second poetry volume, now out of print.
Liutauras Degėsys (IWP ’96), Head of the Department of Philosophy at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, was an attentive guide and considerate host. Liutauras arranged a meeting with Marius Burokas (IWP ’01) and Donatas Petrošius, Coordinator of International Programs for the Lithuanian Writers’ Union. We met in the Union’s stately building, and I was able to find a couple of books in its bookstore, tucked away in a corner.Tomas Butkus (IWP ’02). We met at the bell tower in Cathedral Square and walked to the Knygynas eureka! bookstore. Tomas had traveled from Klaipeda, bringing a couple of boxes of items, mostly books, for me to consider for purchase. An architect by training, Tomas is on faculty for a new program in urban design and architecture at Klaipeda University, as well as a book designer, publisher and editor-in-chief for the press Vario Burnos, and a musician with the group Concrete Bunnies, known for creating soundscapes for poetry. I bought a dozen books and CDs, including some artist books, and a Tomas-designed volume of the poems of Tomaž Šalamun (IWP ’71) from Slovenia.IWP writers and their English translators in IRO. Although I was not able to connect with Russian writer Maksim Kurochkin (IWP ’04) during my trip, I later located his U.S. translator John J. Hanlon, who submitted some of his translations to IRO, including Kurochkin’s play Vodka, Fucking, and Television.
Overall, this trip was very productive for the UI Libraries, adding well over 100 books and other items to our IWP collection. Many of the items would have been difficult, if not impossible, to identify and locate without direct contact with the authors and publishers themselves. This was also an ambassador trip of sorts, outreach to the writers on behalf of The University of Iowa and the UI Libraries to remind them that we care about their works, and that we want to preserve their writing for future generations.
“I walked around until 4 a.m,” said Sawsan Al-Areeqe, in sandals despite the wintery weather. “In this city there are always people, no matter the time.”Seeds of Culture: field notes from the IWP and other tools to help the writers stay connected to each other and to Iowa. Just a few days ago, local magazine Little Village featured a piece about cooking in the Iowa House Hotel with 2013 IWP residents Mark Angeles (Philippines) and Erez Volk (Israel), full of useful tips for incoming residents—the writers of IWP Fall Residency 2014 will certainly be very grateful!
Iowa City feels a little empty with the writers gone, but IWP looks forward to seeing the many literary friendships forged during these ten weeks continue to blossom and grow, and to reading the many fine literary works the writers of IWP 2013 will author in years to come.
As the IWP mourns the loss of alumnus Festus Iyayi (IWP '90), deceased 12 November 2013, fellow writer Niyi Osundare (IWP '88) offers this tribute:
And so Nigeria killed Festus Iyayi. . . .
He was one of our very best: creative, energetic, dependable, and forthright. We were there in 1980 (with the then young and irrepressible Tunde Fatunde) when what we call ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) today was in its infancy. Iyayi served the Union tirelessly and loyally, becoming its President in 1986, by popular acclamation. I worked with Iyayi, and saw him at close quarters. Fearless but fair, courageous but compassionate, demanding but decent, Iyayi was a great leader and an even greater follower, the kind who pressed on when others were seized by trepidation and despair. There is a painful logic in the fact he met his death while on a vital errand for our beloved ASUU.
Iyayi was a Balogun of the Barricades in our struggle against military dictatorship and our battle for Human Rights. He gave so generously, so valuably of himself and his inexhaustible physical and mental resources. Like the great Nelson Mandela, he could have said, without any fear of contradiction, that the struggle was his life.
All these virtues informed every line he wrote, from creative works to occasional interventions in the media. Art for Human Sake; clear illumination of the past; sensitive appreciation of the present; intelligent apprehension and anticipation of the future: Iyayi is a writer with the answerable vision. He chose his heroes very carefully, very judiciously. He ridiculed tyrants out of their despotic inclinations, challenged the unaccountably wealthy to show the source of their loot; urged the pauperized and the marginalized to interrogate the grounds for their plight instead of merely collapsing under its weight. Iyayi's blood boiled at the sight of injustice. Whenever he raised his voice it was to denounce the monsters that make progress impossible by laying us low. Iyayi challenged, then redefined our concept of heroism, for he knew that many of those propped up as heroes are nothing short of heinous villains; that many of our so-called giants are smaller than ants. His novel on the Nigerian civil war is never ambiguous as to who the real heroes of that war are, and where to look for the villains.
For many of his readers, Violence remains his all-time classic. In this unforgettable novel, Iyayi invites us to a Fanonian aetiology of violence, its actuation, and awful ramifications. In this heart-rendering story, we meet a millionaire who never labours for his money but uses it to take advantage of the moneyless; we meet young people so desperate, so poor – no, impoverished – that they are forced to sell their very blood for money for the very basic essentials of life. We encounter the uncommon courage and stoicism of the poor and lowly and the callous bestiality of the rich and powerful. In the annals of African fiction, only Ousmane Sembene’s God’s Bit of Wood and Ngugi wa Thion’go’s Petals of Blood have dissected Africa’s social reality in such gripping detail and with such committed panache. I love all Iyayi’s works with a passion, but for me, Violence remains for him what Things Fall Apart is for Chinua Achebe: a magnificent story ennobled by unforced lyricism and spontaneous narrativity. Violence marked a new accent in Nigerian fiction when it appeared in the late 1970’s. In many ways, it is the harbinger for the likes of E.E.Sule’s Sterile Sky published about three decades later.
Personally, to encounter Festus was to get ready to fall in love with him. Natural. Unabashedly, unapologetically natural. Humorous and always loaded with funny anecdotes, Festus took the sting out of the scorpion of the Nigerian jungle by laughing and helping others to laugh at its countless foibles. Victim of incarceration, unwarranted sack, vilification, and other abuses, he was always ready to forge ahead. Utterly disenchanted with Nigeria’s present, he never lost hope in her future. Festus was a comrade who was also a friend, a fellow-traveller and a brother.
And so Nigeria killed Iyayi. Nigeria, that dragon which feeds so insatiably upon the most precious of its own eggs. We lost a gallant fighter and great patriot. Terrible. Unspeakably terrible. Behold the terrifying irony: the patriot who labored so tirelessly to rid his country of violence has become a victim of her egregious violence.
Yet another chapter in our running saga of waste. . . .
Adieu, brave comrade. Nigeria’s wasters are still here, Awaiting Court-Marshall.
This Friday, November 1, 2013, 12pm-1:30pm, join in the tradition as 34 writers from 31 countries in residence at the International Writing Program (IWP) for the past ten weeks come together in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library (123 S. Linn St) to share highlights, memories, and impressions of Iowa and the United States. Pizza will be served.
The event, one of the last public Iowa City events of the 2013 IWP Fall Residency, is held annually as a way for the international writers to reflect on their time in Iowa, their mid-residency travel to New Orleans and San Francisco, as well as individual trips to speak and share their work at universities, theatre companies, and literary organizations across the nation, including University of California Berkeley, Yale University, the Portland Stage Company (Maine), and The Pittsburgh City of Asylum.
Many of the writers have been blogging about their U.S. experience, and have contributed pieces to newspaper opinion pages in the U.S. and abroad, including the Iowa City Press Citizen (Is America edging closer toward Orwellian 'Newspeak'? by Amanda Lee Koe); The Lens (New Orleans: We know what we think of tourists; what do they think of us? by Craig Cliff and Roland Rugero); and the Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai, India: The World in a Grain of Sand by Sridala Swami) and will add to these reflections in this public discussion.
On Monday, the IWP writers, who arrived in Iowa City in August for the ten-week Fall Residency, will travel to Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City before many return to their home countries on November 12, 2013.
The IWP Fall Residency is organized in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and supported by grants from many international private and governmental agencies. Alumni of the program include two Nobel Prize in Literature laureates: Mo Yan (China, IWP 2004) and Orhan Pamuk (Turkey, IWP 1985).
A special guest post by Niyi Osundare.
Eni re dara ile A splendid man has joined the earth
Gbee gbee, ofere gbee Carry him, carry him, good wind, carry him
Kofi loo, o digba Kofi has gone, adieu
Gbee gbee gbeee Carry him, carry him, good wind, carry him
Ofere gbeeeeeeee Carry him, carry him, good wind, carry him
This loric wisdom, this tellurian capability illuminated all his thinking, all his writing: his prose fiction (This Earth, My Brother); his literary/cultural criticism (The Breast of the Earth); and, of course, his numerous poems. No high school student of my generation would forget ‘Song of Sorrow’ in a hurry (‘Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus. . . .’ ). That is an Ewe-poem-in-English whose delicate simplicity and affective magnetism bring happy intimations of the lines of JP Clark and the wistful lamentations of Okot p’Bitek. Bless Ulli Beier and Gerald Moore who made these poems available to us in a compact Penguin edition. Yes, they did, and transformed the landscape of written modern African poetry for ever.
The debt African poetry owes Kofi Awoonor is huge and many-sided. Kofi Anyidoho (who was lucky to have been a hunter in the same cultural/linguistic forest as Kofi Awoonor) would bear me out. So would Atukwei Okai, Kwadzo Opoku-Agyemang, Femi Osofisan, Tanure Ojaide, Odia Ofeimun (of the ‘New Broom’ sensibility), Obiora Udechukwu, Jack Mapanje, Akeem Lasisi, Ademola Dasylva, Remi Raji, and yes, Niyi Osundare. Awoonor opened our eyes to the infinite but long ignored (and often long denied) possibilities of oral literature, and its positive, liberating indigeneity. He showed the world that African Guardians of the Word sang and danced before Homer was born; they sang and performed their lyric before the advent of the earthy tales of Chaucer. Awoonor taught us to honour our tongue the way we do our pen.
A poet who enlightened creative sensibility with a healthy dose of socio-political sensitivity, Awoonor combined the liberation of Africa’s literary idiom with the liberation of Africa’s politics. A proud and committed pan-Africanist, he spent most of his time and energy as Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Nations as Chairman of the Organization’s Anti-Apartheid Committee where he rallied world opinion against that racist scourge and contributed significantly to the bolstering of world opinion which eventually sent the Apartheid monster back to hell where it truly belonged.
We will never forget the violence that took this gem away from us, the authors of that violence, and the urgent need for a juster, safer, saner world free of the current bestialities and the monstrous mayhems that are their tragic offspring.
We will miss Kofi Awoonor’s large heart, the melody of his mind, the sizzle of his songs, his boldly interrogative impulse, the thunder of his laughter, his sheer joie de vivre, that ‘blue-black’ beauty of his proudly Ghanaian face. . . . .
A mighty tree has fallen
The birds have scattered with the wind
Behold their songs like flying seeds
In the wondering sky
Niyi Osundare, New Orleans, Sept. 28, 2013.
While in Iowa City, Dawes will also receive the 2013 Paul Engle Prize from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. Established in 2011, the award honors an individual who, like IWP co-founder Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature who has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts.
Some opportunities to catch Kwame in Iowa City:
- Friday, Oct. 11, 4:00 pm: Kwame Dawes reads his poetry, Dey House (507 N. Clinton St.)
- Saturday, Oct. 12, 12:00 pm (noon): Paul Engle Prize Ceremony, remarks and a reading by Kwame Dawes, Old Capitol Senate Chamber (21 N. Clinton St)
- Monday, Oct. 14, 11:00am: Kwame Dawes hosts a live-stream memorial reading of Kofi Awoonor’s poetry, Shambaugh House (430 Clinton St, live stream: http://www.writinguniversity.org/kwame-dawes-reading-and-podcast-1014)
Kwame Dawes reading "The Weaver Bird" by Kofi Awoonor on the PBS NewsHour:
Dawes will also visit University of Iowa poetry and postcolonial studies classes and take part in a literary round-table and Q&A about literary journal publishing and literary festivals (Dawes co-founded the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica) with students at the Magid Undergraduate Writing Center.
The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 with the income from a bequest to the university by the late Ida Cordelia Beam of Vinton, Iowa.
A guest post by John Kenyon, Executive Director, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.
IOWA CITY - Kwame Dawes (IWP '86), Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, has been named the second recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization.
The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like the late Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in the larger issues of the day has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts.
Dawes will receive the prize, which includes a special plaque and $10,000, during a special ceremony as part of the Iowa City Book Festival on Oct. 12. That day has been designated “Paul Engle Day” in Iowa The event will be at noon in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber, and is free and open to the public.
Dawes teaches post-colonial literature and theory, African-American literature, and Caribbean literature at Nebraska, and is a member of the creative writing program. He also serves as the Glenna Luschel Editor of Prairie Schooner an 85-year-old quarterly journal, and founding Series Editor of the African Poetry Book Fund and Series.
Dawes was born in Ghana, raised in exile in Jamaica and the United Kingdom, and first came to the United States as a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) in 1986.
In nominating Dawes for the Engle Prize, IWP Associate Director Hugh Ferrer wrote, “In the intervening years, (Dawes) has become arguably the leading creative force of Caribbean literature, helping in all aspects of his activities to create and promote the poetry and Poetics of the trans-Atlantic African diaspora. His generosity of spirit within the literary world was reflected in his winning of the 2012 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers award; and his immense creative capacities were acknowledged last year by the Guggenheim Foundation.”
Dawes remembers meeting Engle and his wife, Hualing Nieh Engle, in 1986, as a participant in the International Writing Program.
“I felt welcomed, but above all, I felt challenged by the vision, ambition and generosity of Paul Engle,” he said. “It would have been impossible for me not to seal that memory in my mind for future reference. I have spent the rest of my time since then being a writer and being an advocate for writers and for writing.”
Anny D. Curtius, Associate Professor of Francophone Studies and Co-Director of the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program at the University of Iowa, served as a member of the selection panel. Of Dawes she said, “It is worth emphasizing that he indefatigably works for the betterment of communities, and being closely involved with the South Sumter Resource Center that help youth at risk, and spearheading a special Rites of Passage Program for minority youths, are significant examples of such a commitment.”
Dawes said he believes his task is to find ways to make the business of writing poems, novels, stories and essays and sharing them with world a right that all societies should have regardless of their history or circumstance.
"This is why this award means so much to me," he said. "It is in the name of a man who was clearly a maverick, and yet someone who understood community and who valued writers.”
The Paul Engle Prize is made possible through the generous support of the City of Coralville, which soon will be home to 11 permanent sculptures with artistic and literary ties to Iowa. The sculptures all have ties to work found in The Iowa Writers’ Library, housed in the Coralville Marriott, which features about 800 books written by former students, graduates and faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
The prize first was awarded in 2011, and James Alan McPherson – a longtime instructor at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elbow Room – was the recipient.
Paul Engle (Oct. 12, 1908 - March 22, 1991), though best remembered as the long-time director of the Writers’ Workshop and co-founder of the UI’s International Writing Program, also was a well-regarded poet, playwright, essayist, editor and critic.
Dawes will be in Iowa City for five days as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Public events include a reading of his poetry and a live-streamed memorial reading in honor of his uncle, celebrated Ghanaian writer Kofi Awoonor, killed in the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. More information about Dawes' visit available on IWP's website.
“The Beat Generation,” said fiction writer Muhamed “Nebo” Abdelnabi of Egypt, when asked what ultimately persuaded him to choose San Francisco.
“The people who draw me to New Orleans: Professor Longhair, Dr. John, The Meters, Walker Percy, John Kennedy Toole. Not necessarily in that order,” said Israeli writer Erez Volk.
“A lot of the coverage [of New Orleans] internationally in recent years has been related to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I'm interested to see with my own eyes and to talk to locals about their experiences then and now,” said Craig Cliff of New Zealand.Teemu Manninen (Finland) and Muhamed “Nebo” Abdelnabi bring down the house at a well-attended afternoon reading, accompanied by Iowa Writers’ Workshop student Yaa Gyasi.
After the reading, another group of fall residents headed back to Iowa House to pack, squeeze in a few hours of writing, or run last minute errands before catching a red-eye flight to San Francisco.Faulkner House Books, explored the French Quarter, sampled the po’ boys and beignets, and spoken with students at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers intensive instruction in many disciplines, including creative writing, and whose alumni include legendary jazz musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and actor and musician Harry Connick, Jr..
Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm, Dénes Krusovszky (Hungary), Dmitry Golynko (Russia), Sridala Swami (India), and Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore)) will give a reading for the public in New Orleans at Press Street literary and visual arts collective (3718 St. Claude Ave.). The itinerary also includes a stop at Snug Harbor jazz club and a bayou tour of Barataria Swamps and Wetlands.City Lights Books. Thursday, October 3, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass will host Burmese poet Zeyar Lynn at the Lunch Poems poetry reading series on the University of California Berkeley campus (the event is free and open to the public).
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Iowa City is gearing up to host the Iowa City Book Festival, with IWP writers set to participate in a number of panels and events upon their return. Click here for the full Festival schedule. More information on upcoming events is available on the IWP calendar.
The writers have also gotten together to organize an informal salon, “Kill the Writers First,” to debate ideas and exchange information about literature and other topics of mutual interest. So far, conversations at Kill the Writers First have included "Everything You Wanted To Know About Pakistan But Couldn't Be Bothered To Ask" with Shandana Minhas and "Gruesome Tales of Translation Editing in Israel" with Erez Volk.Seeds of Culture, offers a chronicle of the Residency experience.)
The salon arose out of a desire among the writers to discuss topics of shared interest that fell outside of officially organized IWP events, such as panel discussions to be featured in the upcoming Iowa City Book Festival and a recent Iowa City Public Library panel, “Is This Censorship?”, as part of the 2013 Intellectual Freedom Festival.challenges to books for reasons such as "sexually explicit" material, "offensive language," and "homosexuality". 1,217 of these challenges targeted public libraries.) The “banned” books were then displayed in the room where the panel took place.
This flurry of activity is about to intensify, with writers heading out for the mid-residency travel period, which will take one group of writers to San Francisco and another to New Orleans. The New Orleans group will spend time at Faulkner House Books, give a rooftop reading at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, hold small group creative writing sessions with students at Bard Early College New Orleans, and participate in a salon organized by literary and visual arts collective Press Street.Lunch Poems poetry reading series, hosted by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass.
Before they leave, you can catch Teemu Manninen (Finland) and Muhamed Abdelnabi (Egypt) this Sunday, September 29th at Prairie Lights. More information on upcoming events is available on the IWP calendar.
Stay tuned to IWP’s Distance Learning webpage for more information about upcoming courses.