Residency Events at a Glance

Our Fall 2023 writers-in-residence will be in Iowa City August 19 - November 4, 2023.

We invite you to join:

  • Our Friday Fall Residency Reading Series in person at Shambaugh House:

5PM CT (GMT-6) on most Fridays, September 1 through November 3. Readings take place in Shambaugh House (430 N. Clinton St., Iowa City) and are streamed live on our Facebook page.

  • Our Friday Panel Series online or in person:

Noon CT on Fridays, September 1 through November 3. Most meetings are livestreamed at or in person at the Iowa City Public Library (123 S. Linn St., Iowa City), Meeting Room A; see September 22 and November 3 event descriptions for their locations. 

  • Our Sunday Reading Series in person at Prairie Lights Books:

4 PM CT on most Sundays, August 27 through October 29. Readings take place in Prairie Lights Books (15 S Dubuque St., Iowa City).

  • Our Sunday International Film Screening Series, "Cinematheque":

7 PM CT on Sundays. Dates and films to be announced. Screenings take place in Room E105, Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, University of Iowa (15 S Dubuque St., Iowa City).

  • Events listed under "Special Events" at the bottom of the list below

To be in the loop, please sign up for our email list here, and follow us on IWP's Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @UIIWP for more about our incoming residents plus event details when they become available! Check out our events listing with more details on Facebook @UIIWP.

Fridays, 12-1 pm, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A (123 S. Linn St., Iowa City)

Join the community conversation over free pizza! Fall Residents will discuss topics from "Writing on the Road" to "Language on the Fault Lines."

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Fridays, 5-6 pm, Shambaugh House (430 N. Clinton St., Iowa City)

Iowa City’s best multi-lingual reading series with bagels. Voices from around the world fill historic Shambaugh House, IWP HQ.

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Sundays, 4-5 pm, Prairie Lights Bookstore (15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City)

The IWP and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from three of the writers’ best works.

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Sundays 7-9PM, FilmScene (Ped Mall location), 18 E. College St., Iowa City

A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the IWP Fall Residents.

Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP’s events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening.

    Please check back for future events
    Please check back for future events

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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