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What We Saw: Writers Share Impressions of Iowa, the U.S.

This Friday, November 1, 2013, 12pm-1:30pm, join in the tradition as 34 writers from 31 countries in residence at the International Writing Program (IWP) for the past ten weeks come together in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library (123 S. Linn St) to share highlights, memories, and impressions of Iowa and the United States. Pizza will be served.

The event, one of the last public Iowa City events of the 2013 IWP Fall Residency, is held annually as a way for the international writers to reflect on their time in Iowa, their mid-residency travel to New Orleans and San Francisco, as well as individual trips to speak and share their work at universities, theatre companies, and literary organizations across the nation, including University of California Berkeley, Yale University, the Portland Stage Company (Maine), and The Pittsburgh City of Asylum.

Many of the writers have been blogging about their U.S. experience, and have contributed pieces to newspaper opinion pages in the U.S. and abroad, including the Iowa City Press Citizen (Is America edging closer toward Orwellian 'Newspeak'? by Amanda Lee Koe); The Lens (New Orleans: We know what we think of tourists; what do they think of us? by Craig Cliff and Roland Rugero); and the Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai, India: The World in a Grain of Sand by Sridala Swami) and will add to these reflections in this public discussion.

On Monday, the IWP writers, who arrived in Iowa City in August for the ten-week Fall Residency, will travel to Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City before many return to their home countries on November 12, 2013.

The IWP Fall Residency is organized in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and supported by grants from many international private and governmental agencies. Alumni of the program include two Nobel Prize in Literature laureates: Mo Yan (China, IWP 2004) and Orhan Pamuk (Turkey, IWP 1985).

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