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52 Weeks of Walt Whitman

“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”  ― William Carlos Williams

 Need a little more poetry in your life? The IWP has just the thing: WhitmanWeb, a new multimedia gallery that is publishing Walt Whitman’s epic poem, “Song of Myself,” in 52 short weekly installments.

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Images of America

“I will take Iowa with me in my heart to my country…The most important thing about America is the freedom it gives to everybody”—Taleb Al Refai (Kuwait)

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Eastbound on Election Day: Writers Travel to DC and NYC

If you had stopped by the lobby of the Iowa House Hotel this morning shortly before 7am, you would have found two dozen writers exchanging last minute hugs, goodbyes, and promises to keep in touch with Iowa City friends and IWP staffers, including Housing Coordinator Mary Nazareth and her husband, Program Advisor Peter Nazareth.

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Time Flies: the Writers’ Last Week in Iowa City!

It’s hard to believe that the residency is almost over, but it is, and the writers are preparing for one last week of events before heading off to Washington DC and New York City early next week.

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Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934-2012): The Artist Returns

(Guest post from Shabnam Nadiya)

Such yearning in the heart, lips that care so much
Still he must go back, must go back
You call this going back? This isn't a pleasure jaunt
The road ends there
Whoever returns to a strange land? You can go. But return?
(Excerpted from The Artist Returns: by Sunil Gangopadhyay, translated by Arunava Sinha)

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Life of Discovery 2012

From October 26th through November 2nd, the IWP welcomes four top young Chinese writers to Iowa City as part of the Life of Discovery creative exchange project. The four writers, Mao Juzhen, Zhang Yuntao, Sun Wei, and Liu Yewei, arrive in the United States on Wednesday, less than two weeks after it was announced that Mo Yan (IWP ’04, China) had won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Countdown: Only 15 Days Left in Iowa!

After a weekend in Chicago, which included visits to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, the Poetry Foundation, and the Field Museum of Natural History, as well as forays into Chinatown and Little India, the writers returned to Iowa City late Sunday evening. They now have only 15 days left in Iowa before finishing off the 2012 residency with readings and other events in Washington DC and New York City!

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Shambaugh House Roundup!

We’re overdue for a Shambaugh House Roundup, in which we share good news from our associates, friends, and alumni, as well as a few choice bits from within the walls of Shambaugh House, home of the International Writing Program. As always, if you have news to share, send it our way and we'll include it in an upcoming post.

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IWP Alumnus Wins Nobel Prize, Writers Travel to Chicago

It was an exciting week at the IWP with the announcement Friday that Mo Yan (IWP ’04, China) had been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Mo Yan is the second IWP alumnus to win the prize, after Orhan Pamuk in 2006. Check back here soon for a Shambaugh House Quarterly Roundup with other good news from IWP alumni.

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Already Week 7! Writers Join in Celebration of Paul Engle Day

Having passed the halfway point, there are still more than sixty events scheduled for the 2012 residency! In addition to regular IWP events, this week includes a joint reading by former Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell and IWP director and poet Christopher Merrill as well as a celebration of Paul Engle Day, which honors the IWP’s co-founder who was also a long-time director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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