IWP News

  • Blogger and "Youth Hero" Nay Phone Latt (IWP '12, Burma) profiled in Sampsonia Way.

  • Orhan Pamuk (IWP '85, Turkey) and Kim Young-ha (IWP '03, South Korea) longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize!

  • Poet, essayist and activist Meena Kandasamy (IWP '09) is the lead-off quote in a recent Atlantic piece about the complexity of gender politics in India's social media.

  • On October 25th IWP has launched the WhitmanWeb, a multilingual, multimedia gallery featuring Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' in 9 languages.

  • Congratulations to Mo Yan (IWP '04, China), the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature!

  • Check out some highlights from Between the Lines 2012!

  • The first half of the Life of Discovery 2012 exchange between the IWP and the China Writers' Association has come to a close. The second half of the program will take place in the U.S. this fall.

  • The IWP's 2011 Annual Report is now available for viewing as a PDF or SWF file.

  • The newest release from 91st Meridian Books: How to Write an Earthquake, a trilingual French-Creole-English e-anthology of poetry and prose responding to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

  • The Norwegian Writers' Association has awarded its 2011 free expression award to Ma Thida (IWP 2005). She is its first-ever recipient from Burma.


Happening Now

  • Just completed: “Sense of Belonging,” a bilingual Iowa City + Paris-based podcast series commissioned by Walid Rachedi and produced by NFW grad students in both cities, with support of the US Embassy in Paris.

  • Word has just reached us of the sudden death, in his hometown Gdańsk, of the novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright Paweł Huelle. RIP.

  • “I regret that poems can’t serve as witnesses in military tribunals; they can only testify in the court of history,” writes Iya Kiva in an essay for the project “War Is… Ukrainian Writers on Living Through Catastrophe.”

  • Congratulations to novelists Mansoura Ez-Eldin and Taleb Al-Refai for placing on the 2023 finalist list of the prestigious Prix de la littérature arabe.


  • Samuel Kolawole’s first novel, The Road to the Salt Sea, is announced for a July 2024 release.

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