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The IWP is among the best known institutions at the University of Iowa, and the premier institution of its kind in the world. Established in 1967 by poet and previous director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop Paul Engle and novelist and editor Hualing Nieh Engle, the program has since welcomed over 1,600 writers from over 160 countries. The documentation of their time and work in the IWP has been preserved in a variety of formats, media, and locations.

  • Paul Engle Conferences 2001-2007 (under re-construction)

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  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

  • In NY Times, Bina Shah worries about the state of Pakistani—and American—democracy.

  • “I went to [Ayodhya] to think about what it means to be an Indian and a Hindu... ”  A new essay by critic and novelist Chandrahas Choudhury.

  • In the January 2024 iteration of the French/English non-fiction site Frictions, T J Benson writes about “Riding Afrobeats Across the World.” Also new, a next installment in the bilingual series featuring work by students from Paris VIII’s Creative Writing program and the University of Iowa’s NFW program.

  • in NYTimes, Sanam Maher examines a new book about women defending themselves when the justice system in their country won’t.

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