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A guest post by Bina Shah.
The author at the tomb of Yunus Emre
The author at the tomb of Yunus Emre

Come, come, whoever you are.
Worshipper, wanderer, lover of leaving, it doesn't matter.

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"On Going Home"—Pandora, IWP ’12, Burma/Myanmar

On Going Home is the name we've given to a short series of essays by our fall residents. We commissioned the pieces because we wanted to keep in touch and were curious about what the process of returning home was like for authors who'd spent nearly 3 months in the U.S. writing, researching, traveling, and interacting with Americans. We also asked the authors to send us a photograph that represented "home" in some fundamental way.
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THE SAME GATE: Poets gather in Turkey for creative exchange celebrating Rumi

“Inside the Great Mystery that is, 
we don’t really own anything.
What is this competition we feel then,
before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?”
─Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
 
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Web Gallery Adds 3 New Languages to Global Conversation on Whitman

This week, the International Writing Program (IWP) adds Arabic, Polish, and the first-ever Malay translation of Walt Whitman’s famous poem “Song of Myself” to the 9-language WhitmanWeb multimedia gallery.

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Poetry Masterclass with Nick Twemlow

Once you’ve written the first draft of a poem, what happens next? Find out by applying for the International Writing Program (IWP)’s upcoming Poetry Masterclass, one of two free 7-week virtual poetry seminars to be taught online through IWP Distance Learning this summer.

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On the Map: Interviews with 2012 Fall Residents

“Writers in Burma have to find a way to penetrate censorship; we have to be more innovative in terms of techniques, style, technology…more creative” –Pandora (Burma/Myanmar)
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Coming This Summer: Advanced Poetry Seminar

“The purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person, / for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, / and invisible guests come in and out at will.” – Czeslaw Milosz, “Ars Poetica”

By Popular Demand: 2 New Virtual Poetry Seminars (free)

When Distance Learning at the International Writing Program (University of Iowa) announced its first Virtual Poetry Seminar this winter, the interest from poets around the world was overwhelming. We received over 150 applications from 28 countries:

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