Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh in Iowa City

Jan 14 2016 - 12:00pm
Shambaugh House 430 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Each year the International Literature Festival Berlin sponsors one or several Worldwide Readings when urgent challenges to justice and freedom arise. The 2016 reading is to draw attention to the imprisonment and imminent threat of death penalty to the Saudi Arabia-based Palestinian poet and curator Ashraf Fayadh , and to offer him our solidarity.

On Thursday January 14th 2016, the International Writing Program, UI Center for Human Rights, and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will be joining many other literary organizations and writers worldwide, to read from Fayadh’s work, and to call on the Saudi authorities to improve the country’s human rights standards.

We hope you will join us that day, 12noon to 12:30pm, at the Shambaugh House (430 N. Clinton; 335-0128). Please email us if you’d like to participate by reading from one of Fayadh’s texts , or if you’d like additional information; feel free to spread the word.

A comment on this situation by our 2015 Saudi alum Raed Al-Jishi can be found on our house blog.


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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