International Conferences

IWP's international conferences are designed to bring together international and American writers in direct conversations around a pressing theme. They commonly result in a collection of topical essays, and in a short film documenting a gathering.

Margins of the sea - summit (2019)

Peace  |  Global Understanding  |  Climate Change

May 14 & 15, 2019 on the University of Hawaii Campus in Honolulu, Hawai'i

Held on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, the Margins of the Sea global summit, a joint effort by the IWP and the Liljestrand Foundation, brought together distinguished writers, thinkers, cultural organizers and artists to discuss how to creatively advance a broader world perspective on climate change. 

TO WHAT do i belong?  (2017)

Poets, writers, playwrights and filmmakers specialize in translating private stories of conflicting identities into public discourse. In a period of tumultuous change such as the present, the conference brought together distinguished IWP alumni in the historically 'open city' of Tangier (Morocco) to address the question: to what do I belong? And, is it possible to create new stories to counter eruptions of extremism caused in part by the inadequacy of prevailing narratives of belonging and inclusion?

The Same Gate: A Poetic Exchange (2013)

Writers from the U.S., Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran convened in Turkey to participate in a conference centered around the life and work of celebrated 13th century poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a central poet in Afghan, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Turkish literature.

Souk Ukaz: A Market of Ideas (2009-2010)

Brought together a group of international and American writers to Maghreb and neighboring regions of the Mediterranean to study and witness first hand the conflicting facts of urban life. Based in Fes (Morocco).

The New Symposium (2006-2008)

Convened writers, artists, and thinkers from America, Greece, and around the world to the island of Paros to focus intensely on a common theme. Co-sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, EKEMEL (European Translation Center) and the Office of the Mayor of Paros.

Happening Now

  • 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.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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