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A New Look for a New Year: Introducing the IWP's New Website

The International Writing Program is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Here you can find information about the IWP’s many programs and initiatives in one (if we may say so) attractive location:

Shambaugh House Roundup

In 45 years, the IWP has hosted over 1,400 writers, and today it's easier than it's ever been to stay in touch with our former fall residents and to share their work with the public. To that end, here's a brief roundup of recent pieces written by IWP alumni and/or about the IWP that have recently been published online. We will periodically publish these roundups here on the Shambaugh House blog, so check back for more. And if you're an IWP alumnus, feel free to send your updates our way!

This week in Iowa City: Iowa & Invisible Man: Making Blackness Visible

Today marks the beginning of the Invisible Man Project here in Iowa City. This five-day exploration of the work of Ralph Ellison will culminate in a staged reading of the new (and first) stage production of Ellison's Invisible Man, which will open at Chicago's Court Theatre in early 2012. 

The week's events include lectures, panels, and roundtable conversations. All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available here.

Moshe Sakal Makes the Shortlist for the Sapir Prize

Last week, while many Americans were eating their turkey dinners, novelist and IWP Fall 2011 resident Moshe Sakal's novel Yolanda was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize for Literature, one of Israel's highest literary awards. 

Ogochukwu Promise Interviewed at the Dept. of State's IIP Site

Here's a wonderful article at the Department of State's IIP site, featuring 2011 fall resident Ogochukwu Promise. A writer of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's books, Promise has been deeply invested in literary and humanitarian endeavors in her home country, Nigeria.

The IWP in Sierra Leone

During the week of October 24th the IWP visited Sierra Leone to conduct a series of creative writing seminars with local groups including PEN Sierra Leone, the Instituit Francais Film School, the Sentinel English Language Institute, and the Falui Poets Society. The writers also visited the American International School and Forouh Bay College. All seminars were hosted at the US Embassy in Freetown and were facilitated by IWP writers Jenny Browne (poetry) and James O’Brien (fiction). During their weeklong visit,

IWP Writers Claim two Spots Among 2012 DSC South Asia Prize Shortlisters!

We're thrilled to announce that two IWP writers have made it onto this year's DSC Prize Shortlist! Congratulations to current resident Usha K.R. and alumna Kavery Nambisan (2007) for the well-deserved recognition!


Tonight: A Special Cinemathèque Screening of Historias Extraoridnarias

Tonight, Saturday, Oct. 29th at 7 p.m., the IWP will hold a special Cinemathèque screening of the contemporary Argentine film Historias Extraoridnarias (dir. Mariano Llinás, 2008) in Adler E105. Though this screening is part of a course, it is free and open to the public. And because the film is 245 minutes long, we'll hold a brief intermission so that you can stretch your legs and grab a drink of water!


Lyonel Trouillot (IWP '94, Haiti) Names a Finalist for the Prix Goncourt

A huge congratulations to IWP alumnus Lyonel Trouillot ('94, Haiti), who is a finalist for the Prix Goncourt!

You can read recent work of his in "How to Write an Earthquake," published by 91st Meridian Books, an Imprint of Autumn Hill Books. It's a free and downloadable here:

IWP to Host Arabic Forum Featuring Iman Humaydan & Naseer Hassan

Arabic Forum

Thurs., Nov. 3, 5:00 pm

Shambaugh House

The International Writing Program will host what promises to be a deeply engaging discussion with two very different writers from the Arab world. Lebanese novelist Iman Humaydan and Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan will be led in a discussion of contemporary Arabic literature and culture by Dénes Gazsi, Assistant Professor of Arabic language and culture at the University of Iowa.


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