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Shambaugh House Quarterly Roundup—April-June 2013

It’s summertime in Iowa City and luckily there’s plenty of good news from associates, friends, and alumni of the International Writing Program to keep us in good spirits through the heat, humidity, and gnats galore. Here’s a selection of some of the good things friends of the IWP have been up to over the last quarter:

Pandora (IWP '12 Burma/Myanmar), Nu Nu YEE (IWP '00, Burma/Myanmar), and Thida MA (IWP '05, Burma/Myanmar) were among the Myanmar Times’ nominees for 50 outstanding women of Myanmar.

IWP reading tour participant Natasha TRETHEWEY was appointed to a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate.

Narlan MATOS Teixeira's (IWP Brazil ‘02) new book, Elegy to the New World, was nominated for the Portugal/Telecom International Award.

Maxim AMELIN (IWP Visitor '09, Russia) received the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Award for his poetic experiments and his role as an educator.

Carlos GAMERRO (IWP '08, Argentina) won the 2013 English PEN grant for translation.

Between the Lines alumna Rawan Yaghi (BTL Arabic '12, Gaza) received a scholarship to attend Oxford University in the UK.

Jen SILVERMAN (IWP Life of Discovery writer) was awarded the 2013 Yale Drama Series Prize.

Victoria STEWART's play PLANET X (originally commissioned by Book Wings Russia 2013) was staged at Live Girls! Theater in Seattle.

Nihad SIREES (IWP '05, Syria) won the 2013 Coburgian Rückert Prize.

IWP Distance Learning instructor Margaret ROSS was awarded a 2013-2014 Fulbright Research Grant.

IWP reading tour participant Chinelo OKPARANTA was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing.

The German poet, fiction writer and scholar Anja KAMPMANN (IWP '10) won the 2013 MDR literary prize, awarded annually by a jury comprised of literary critics and audiences. Her story "Jsem--Ich werde ihnen erzaehlen," about a nomadic oil rig driller drifting away from his identity and language, was praised for giving "a grand poetic language to a pressing subject matter."

Distance Learning instructor Nick TWEMLOW was profiled in Poets & Writers as part of National Poetry Month.

Rodrigo Garcia LOPES (IWP '12, Brazil) put out a new CD.

Ghassan ZAQTAN (IWP '01, Palestinian Territories) was shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Josephine ROWE (IWP '11, Australia) was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

4 new poems from Ranjit Hoskote (IWP '95, India) introduced by Chandrahas Choudhury (IWP '10, India) appeared in Caravan Magazine.

A compact but strong survey of the novels of KIM Young-ha (IWP '05, South Korea) appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

IWP director Christopher MERRILL talked to Iowa Public Radio about travel and poetry in the Middle East.

Did we forget something? Have good news to share? Send it to ashley-r-davidson[at]uiowa.edu and we’ll include it in the next Shambaugh House Roundup.

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