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"On Going Home" - Jeremy Tiang, IWP 2011, Singapore

On Going Home is the name we've given to a short series of essays by our 2011 fall residents. We commissioned the pieces because we wanted to keep in touch and because we were curious to know what the process of returning home was like for authors who'd spent nearly three months in the U.S. writing, researching, travelling, and interacting with Americans. We also asked the authors to send us a photograph that somehow represented "home" in some fundamental way.

National Poetry Month Celebrated at Sampsonia Way

Our friends at Sampsonia Way recently published this wonderful interactive feature on their blog in celebration of National Poetry Month.

"On Going Home" - Zoë Strachan, IWP 2011, Scotland

On Going Home is the name we've given to a short series of essays by our 2011 fall residents. We commissioned the pieces because we wanted to keep in touch and because we were curious to know what the process of returning home was like for authors who'd spent nearly three months in the U.S. writing, researching, travelling, and interacting with Americans. We also asked the authors to send us a photograph that somehow represented "home" in some fundamental way. This installment of the series comes from Zoë

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Shambaugh House Roundup: Spring 2012

It is high time for a Shambaugh House Roundup, in which we share news our associates, friends, and alumni, as well as a few choice bits from within the wall 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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"On Going Home" - Josephine Rowe, IWP 2011, Australia

On Going Home is the name we've given to a short series of essays by our 2011 fall residents. We commissioned the pieces because we wanted to keep in touch and because we were curious to know what the process of returning home was like for authors who'd spent nearly three months in the U.S. writing, researching, travelling, and interacting with Americans. We also asked the authors to send us a photograph that somehow represented "home" in some fundamental way.

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Obama Appoints IWP Director Christopher Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities

We’re proud to announce that the International Writing Program’s own director Christopher Merrill has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council for the Humanities, the 26-member advisory body of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Created in 1965, the NEH supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Merrill replaces archaeologist Iris Love, whose term has expired, and he will serve until January 26, 2016.

Wanted: Rebel Genius with large Facebook Following

One may quibble with the shading and proportions (and there is certainly a gross generalization or two); nevertheless, Tim Parks’ recent posting at the New York Review of Books, “the Writer’s Job,” offers a decent portrait of the pressures shaping modern American literary careers. The piece’s mix of acuity and personal bias is best displayed in the way he re-centers the commonly-accepted roots of what in the U.S. is often derisively called “the workshop story”:

"On Going Home" - Usha K.R., IWP 2011, India

On Going Home is the name we've given to a short series of essays by our 2011 fall residents. We commissioned the pieces because we wanted to keep in touch and because we were curious to know what the process of returning home was like for authors who'd spent nearly three months in the U.S. writing, researching, travelling, and interacting with Americans. We also asked the authors to send us a photograph that somehow represented "home" in some fundamental way.

Mission Creek: Another Reason the IWP is Proud to Call Iowa City Home

 

Currently in its sixth year, the Mission Creek Festival annually brings writers, musicians, and comedians to town for a busy week of programming, including concerts, readings, question & answer sessions, and—new this year—events featuring food from local restaurants.

"On Going Home" - Lynley Hood, IWP 2011, New Zealand

On Going Home

Forty-three years ago, four years married, expecting our first child, looking for somewhere to put down our roots. This house on the hill looked good then. With the patina of age and memories it looks even better now. 

Here, as the world turns and the generations roll over, our children bring their own giggling children to tumble down the same grassy slopes. Here in memory I hold Jim's hand as he slips into unconsciousness. "I know you want to hang on," I say. "But if it's too hard—it's okay to let go." And he does. This is home.

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