Silk Routes Between the Lines

Twelve students, identified by Silk Routes participants through their local projects, traveled to Iowa City in July 2016 to participate in the IWP’s Between the Lines (BTL) creative writing and cultural exchange summer program for young writers ages 16-19 alongside American and international students. BTL Silk Routes included one instructor selected from among Silk Routes participants to teach at the BTL session, and one Silk Routes teacher-chaperone to accompany students and participate in teacher enrichment. The IWP has conducted BTL since 2008, with a bi-lateral structure, Arabic-language or Russian students, paired with American students. In 2014, the IWP conducted its first multilingual session, with Arabic-language, Russian, and American students. It is this model that was used for the Silk Routes session, with twelve Silk Routes students, twelve American students, and twelve students from another region learning from representative instructors.

The young Silk Routes writers lived and studied on the University of Iowa’s campus, attending daily creative writing workshops focused on a range of styles and processes, interspersed with peer-to-peer translation activities and literary seminars that drew on the literatures of all regions represented.

Happening Now

  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

  • In NY Times, Bina Shah worries about the state of Pakistani—and American—democracy.

Find Us Online