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Shambaugh House Roundup: Midwinter 2012

We're overdue for a Shambaugh House Roundup, in which we share news from inside of Shambaugh House and from our associates, friends, and alumni. That said, here's a very full midwinter roundup for you. As always, if you have news to share, send it our way and we'll include it in an upcoming post.


Filmmaker Sahar Sarshar, who documented the IWP’s tour of the American South last spring has written about her documentary Writing in Motion: A Nation Divided (and has made the film available) at The Mantle.

This month, IWP Director Christopher Merrill travelled to Afghanistan on behalf of the IWP, and he’s written about his trip for Granta. Merrill was also recently interviewed about his experiences there on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program.

Khet Mar’s (IWP '07) The Souls of Fallen Flowers recently made the news. And an interview with Mar about the project by David Henry Sterry is up at the Huffington Post.

Former IWP Special Projects Assistant and Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate B.J. Love has written about our Book Wings initiative over at Coldfront Magazine, and the story was picked up by the Poetry Foundation.

The new issue of Transom is themed around the work of Tomaž Šalamun (IWP '71) and includes work by IWP Director Christopher Merrill, among others. This excellent new journal is co-edited by former IWP coordinator and poet Kiki Petrosino.

‎"A Year of Reading the World" is a terrific undertaking by Ann Morgan, a writer and editor who, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London, is delving into international literature in a major way. As in the U.S., only a small percentage of books published each year in the U.K. are translations, and the attention she's bringing to the issue is admirable. Our own recent alumni including Ajit Baral and Oonya Kempadoo  (both IWP 2011 fall residents) have made Morgan's list.

Penelope Todd (IWP '07) has started a publishing house, Rosa Mira Books. Rosa Mira Books also has an interesting blog that includes author interviews, information about their publications, and other book-related posts. 

Michael McKimm (IWP '10) has three lovely poems in the winter issue of Prairie Schooner.

Alex Epstein (IWP '07) has digitally published a new collection of short-short stories on Facebook. He’s also discussed the project over at The Outlet, the blog of the great journal Electric Literature, who is publishing excerpted translations of Epstein’s work here.

The Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) longlist for fiction was recently released, and included were titles by David Albahari (IWP '86), Thomas Pletzinger (IWP '06).

Last, but certainly not least, longtime friend and associate of the IWP Zlatko Anguelov will see his first collection of fiction, Erotic Memories, published this month by Bulgarian publisher Ciela. 


Vintage photo of Shambaugh House: [F.W. Kent Collection of Photographs (RG 30.01.01), Buildings Series, Folder “Shambaugh House,” University Archives, Department of Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries]


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