Between the Lines (2013)


Between the Lines (BTL) invites high-school students of differing nationalities, ages 16 to 19, to the University of Iowa campus for a unique summer program where participants develop their creative writing skills while exploring other cultures. Since 2008, BTL has brought together young writers from the U.S., Russia, and over ten Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa. BTL is run by the International Writing Program and sponsored through grant funds provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department.


Happening Now

  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • 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.

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