Exchanges and Events

The IWP's online events offer unique opportunities for students, writers, and teachers in Iowa City and abroad to join in the experience of live performances, readings, and discussions. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, each event is designed to provide a window onto the communities of the IWP, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

The IWP's online exchanges bring together writers and artists in far-flung communities for collective creative work. Exchanges offer live video meetings; asynchronous online workshopping; and ongoing opportunities for collaboration across geographical divides. Each exchange is led by facilitators who are experienced teachers and mentors with substantial professional credentials. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, each exchange is designed to facilitate the formation of new international relationships and communities.

Past Exchanges and Events

To view our past exchanges and events, please visit the Past Distance Learning Programming page.

Exchange Collections

The IWP's past exchanges featured collaborations between writers and photographers from around the world. Their work is showcased on the Collections from the IWP Experience website (iwpcollections.org).

For inquiries about our exchanges and events, or other online programming, please email us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com.

Happening Now

  • Kristian Sendon CORDERO (IWP '17) co-edited a special issue of Words Without Borders on writing in the Philippines. Its range of poetry in the country's many languages includes Filipino work of Genevieve ASENJO (IWP '12).

  • Muhamed "Nabo" ABDELNABI (Egypt, IWP '13) has been awarded France's 2019 Prix de la littérature arabe for his 2016 novel, published last year in the UK as In the Spider's Room .

  • Over on  Asymptote, in English and Cantonese, the long poem " The Man Who Lost HIs Shadow,"  by Hong Kong poet and editor Stuart LAU (IWP '17).

  • On fish-paste English and cheddar-English: a long interview at LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books) about language, politics, and language politics with Burmese poet and worker KO KO THETT (IWP '16).

  • Behind the 2018+ 2019 Nobel Prizes for Literature given to novelists Peter Handke  and Olga Tokarczuk are translators--one key among them Jennifer CROFT, novelist as well as translator from the Polish, Ukrainian, and  Spanish. Congratulations!

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