Contact Between the Lines

For questions about Between the Lines, please email the program coordinator at:

International Writing Program
Shambaugh House
430 N. Clinton
Iowa City, IA 52242

Youth Programs Coordinator: 


Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian poet, essayist, and the author of Sacrament of Bodies (2020), Nomad (2021) and The Gathering of Bastards (2023), as well as three chapbooks. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has won the Nigeria Prize for Literature, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Prize, the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the Lambda Prize for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Nation, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative Magazine, The Common, and elsewhere, and are translated into several languages. As of 2023, he coordinates IWP’s youth programming.



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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