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A hub of connection & new ideas: IWP’s 2013 annual report

"It is not always apparent, but behind the inspiring programs and projects that the International Writing Program undertakes, pulse invisible networks whose filaments are vital to our success and ongoing evolution” writes IWP director Christopher Merrill in the opening letter of the 2013 IWP Annual Report, recently published on the IWP website. The report represents 365 days of IWP programming and creative exchange spanning every continent except Antarctica.


The 50-page report offers an inside look at the 2013 Fall Residency, which brought 34 writers from 31 countries to Iowa City for ten weeks; overseas reading tours to Iraq, Burma, Sudan and South Sudan, Uzbekistan, Turkemenistan and elsewhere; the WhitmanWeb multimedia gallery featuring translations, commentaries and audio recordings of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”; The Virtual Writing University’s development of the Open Courses website as a platform and home for University of Iowa and IWP MOOCs (massive open online courses); and other exciting IWP programming.


Amid snapshots and highlights of life at the IWP, the report showcases the many forms of creative innovation--from new publications to ground-breaking collaborative projects like Book Wings--that arise out of the countless interpersonal connections IWP strives to facilitate between writers around the globe. It also includes a glimpse of IWP’s first Community Engagement Fellow Patrícia Portela’s HORTUS sound installation as well as an excerpt of the moving tribute Fall Resident Martin Dyar offered during a celebration of the life and work of late Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, held in Iowa City in October 2013. We hope you'll stop by, take a look, and let us know what you think. 

Read the report.

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