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Introducing Book Wings

An historic partnership between the International Writing Program and the Moscow Art Theatre, Book Wings is a collaborative performance that will take place simultaneously in Moscow and Iowa City on March 9th, 2012.

Working in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Department of Theatre Arts, the Virtual Writing University, Information Technology Services, and UITV, this ambitious literary and theatrical endeavor is made possible with grant funds provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and will bring together two stages and theatre companies to produce (in real time and with 5,000 miles between them) a collaborative, bilingual performance of new work commissioned for the project. That we know of, this production is a first in the world of theatre and represents a breakthrough in the leveraging of technology for the purposes of artistic cooperation, exchange, and engagement.

A three-year initiative, this first year of Book Wings features commissioned work by distinguished, young American and Russian poets: Matthew Zapruder, Dora Malech, Terrance Hayes, Quan Barry, Inga Kuznetsova, Anna Russ, Linor Goralik, and Maxim Amelin. The commissioned poems have been translated and serve as the basis for the staged performances on March 9th.

In 2013, Book Wings will feature Russian and American playwrights, and in 2014, the commissions will come from American and Russian fiction writers. 

Viewers around the globe will be able to watch the performance live on March 9th here and can submit questions about the project immediately following the performance by Tweeting the IWP at @UIIWP. 


The Live Event:

What: Book Wings Performance

When: Friday, March 9th, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (U.S. central time),  8 p.m. Moscow time

Where: Theatre B, University of Iowa Theatre Arts Building & The Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia

Streaming the Show Live!:



In addition to the project’s purely artistic goals, Book Wings represents a great opportunity for instructors to address issues of translation, performance, collaboration, and the utilization of new media technologies in the arts. To that end, we’re thrilled to invite you to host a viewing of the live event on March 9th via a live video stream.   

Plans for off-site viewings are currently in the works with Columbia College in Chicago, IL and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, among others. Interested schools, universities, arts organizations, and theatres can contact the IWP's Nate Brown for further information about hosting a viewing on March 9th. It's as simple as visiting the Virtual Writing University's streaming site and pressing play!

If you have any questions about the project or to set up a viewing at your institution, please contact:


Nate Brown

Publicity Coordinator

International Writing Program

Shambaugh House

430 North Clinton Street

Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2020

Office:   319-335-2817



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