The Legend in My Heart 我心传唱的诗歌


This documentary follows four renowned American artists—two writers, a choreographer, and a composer—as they travel to Guangzhou, China, to engage disabled and non-disabled populations by collaborating and creating together through a reading tour organized by the International Writing Program. The film ends with a rousing performance of song, dance, and poetry.

A Film by Kaitlyn Busbee // 凱特琳

Christopher Merrill // 克里斯
Stephen Kuusisto // 史蒂芬
Michelle Pearson // 米雪兒
David Gompper // 大衛
With an Original Score by David Gompper // 大衛
Translated by Ya-Chen Fu // 傅雅楨
Post-Production Visual Effects by Jacob Holland // 雅各

Special Thanks To:
US Consulate in Guangzhou
Kelly Bedeian
Janice Englehart
Natasa Durovicova
Samantha Nissen
Joseph Tiefenthaler
University of Iowa School of Music Riverside Recital Hall
and all the giving participants.

This film was created in collaboration with the University of Iowa International Writing Program // 国际写作计划


Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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