I was born in the bush where there is no shelter and no education. As time went on the Civil War of Somalia broke out. My family crossed the border of Kenya and then we came here to Dagaghaley where we got shelter and education. In my life I have never thought about going to school and learning but now I have learned more, and my family in general as well, because of the Civil War we have got opportunities. Why because my brother has gone to Canada through his education of secondary schools and now he is in the world university and he is there because of the Civil War. If there was no war in Somalia my family could not learn well and my brother could not be in Canada at the world university.
The Israeli novelist Galit CARLIBACH (IWP '16) has just published the comic novella It's Me, Iowa !, set in a world suspiciously resembling the IWP...
Alumni Mahsa MOHEBALI (IWP '13) and Vivek SHANBAGH (IWP '16) will have new work translated from the Persian and the Kannada, respectively, thanks to the 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants.
The 2018 iteration of the distinguished Thomas Mann Preis goes to the Romanian novelist Mircea Cartarescu (IWP'90).
Sebastian BARRY (IWP '84), the recent, repeat, winner of the Costa and the Walter Scott awards, will for the next three years be Ireland's Fiction Laureate.
Clouds, the long-awaited second novel of Chandrahas CHOUDHURY (IWP '10) is now out from Simon & Schuster India.