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For questions about the Summer Institute, please email the program coordinator at: 

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

Summer Institute Coordinator: 

Peter Gerlach received his BA and MA degrees in English from Ripon College and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mongolia, he earned a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Since 2004, he has taught a variety of university-level courses in both English and Education departments. Prior to coming to the University of Iowa, he was Director of International Affairs at Coe College.


Summer Institute Program Assistant:

Siyanda Mohutsiwa is a satirist, TED speaker, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is a Botswana national, known internationally for the coining of the term “Social Panafricanism” – an ideology that encompasses the growing place of social media in the African political landscape. She lives in Iowa City.



Summer Institute Resident Assistant:

Ellen Boyette is a poet and essayist from Asheville, North Carolina. She is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she is a Teaching-Writing Fellow and an editorial assistant for The Iowa Review. Her poems appear in Prelude, The Bennington Review, Ninth Letter, pulpmouth, Tagvverk, Flag + Void,, and elsewhere. Her interviews can be found at The Iowa Review online, and her first piece of nonfiction is forthcoming from VIDA. She has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Random House Wanda Chappell fund, and the Blanche-Armfield foundation. 


Summer Institute Resident Assistant:

Ben Bush is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, and an incoming Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California creative writing PhD program. His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Yeti, and The Fanzine. His non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, Bookforum, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers, San Francisco Chronicle, Alternet, and Conversations with William T. Vollmann (University of Mississippi Press). He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Truman Capote Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Poets & Writers / the New York State Council on the Arts, Key West Literary Seminars, and Sozopol Fiction Seminars.


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