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Introducing Seeds of Culture: field notes from the IWP

A portrait of Community Engagement Fellow Portela by Afonso Cruz
A portrait of Community Engagement Fellow Portela by Afonso Cruz
  Ever wonder what the actual day-to-day existence of an International Writing Program (IWP) fall resident is like, living and writing in this Iowa City of Literature?

Well, now IWP Community Engagement Fellow Patrícia Portela  gives you a chance to find out on a new blog, Seeds of Culture: field notes from the International Writing Program. Launched last week, Seeds of Culture includes snapshots of residency life, from peaceful moments on the Shambaugh House swing to mechanical bull rides at the Tri-State rodeo to musings on words and their origins and the insights, reflections, and epiphanies (humorous and otherwise) gleaned from readings, conversations, and other Iowa encounters.

Visit Seeds of Culture at: http://seedsofculture.tumblr.com/
Visit Seeds of Culture at: http://seedsofculture.tumblr.com/
As the IWP's first Community Engagement Fellow, Portela, a playwright, multimedia artist, and fiction writer from Portugal (and the first Portuguese writer to participate in the fall residency in forty-five years), will be blogging not only about the residency but about connections with the larger Iowa community. In this role, Portela will also focus on encouraging interaction and collaboration between Iowa and IWP communities, a project that will extend an extra six weeks beyond the ten-week residency.

“A good medicine against (un)avoidable distances and (un)comfortable silences,” Portela comments in a recent post, responding to a reading given by fellow resident Whiti Hereaka of New Zealand. More good medicine at:  Seeds of Culture.

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