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  • On Thursday January 14th, 2016, IWP joined dozens of literary organizations and hundreds of writers in a Worldwide Reading event, coordinated by the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin to draw attention to the dire situation of the Palestinian-born poet and curator Ashraf Fayadh.  A long-time resident of Saudi-Arabia, Fayadh was arrested in 2014 for “spreading blasphemous ideas among...

  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Raed Anis Al-Jishi:

    I lived in Iowa for more than 12 weeks. It felt like home—a dream home for a writer.

    Libraries with enormous resources. An...

  • By Karen Villeda, 2015 Fall Residency Outreach Fellow

    In the course of the fall 2015 semester, in my role as the International Writing Program’s Outreach Fellow, I developed a web-based project, titled INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM: WRITING LIVES!

    First off, the site is a documentary combining text with multimedia (images, videos) generated by some of the IWP 2015...

  • By Andrea Chan, Fall Residency Outreach Assistant

    El Jones is featured in News from Home. “Today we say all art is political. But I'd say all art has to do with ethics. Which after all really comes to the same thing. It's a matter of attitudes.” —Ingmar Bergman

    Is art inherently political? Is it shaped by the systems of governance we are exposed to? The 2015 Fall Residency...

  • A page from Walt Whitman's notebook, written during his trips to visit hospitalized soldiers.

    Join us for the latest iteration of WhitmanWeb, Whitman Civil War, where we explore Walt Whitman’s literary response—in poetry and prose—to the American Civil War, which remains the deadliest war in American history.

    The 36-week project will feature commentaries from Professor Ed...

  • By Hanna Busse, IWP ICRU Fellow

    In April of 2011, the exchange “Writers in Motion: Fall and Recovery” brought an international group of established writers together on a tour throughout the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the stops were selected based upon a shared experience of conflict and upheaval—in...

  • Lanterns of Hope: A Poetry Project for Iraqi Youth, a new initiative from the International Writing Program, closes its call for submissions May 1, 2015. Launched in March, the program is designed to encourage Iraqi youth, ages 16 to 23, to creatively communicate their visions for the future of Iraq.

    Lanterns of Hope welcomes poems in Arabic, Kurdish, or English...

  • One hundred fifty years ago, on April 9th, 1865, the Battle of Appomattox Court House brought the American Civil War to an end. In order to commemorate this historic moment, the International Writing Program is pleased to announce the next incarnation of WhitmanWeb, which in July will begin a nine-month exploration of Walt Whitman’s Civil War writings.

    “We will examine...

  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Sadek Mohammed:

    It has been almost three months since my return from Iowa City. The ten-week journey to that beautiful, Midwestern American city...

  • “Photo-letter pairing” is a project from Andra Rotaru (IWP '14) in collaboration with Jared Krauss as part of the 2nd Annual Outreach and Engagement Fellowship, an additional IWP fellowship that is focused on cultivating public outreach and artistic collaborations. The project functions as a connection between the IWP Fall Residents, the local literary community, and the diverse citizenry...

  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Abdullah Al Wesali:

    Photo by Thomas Langdon

    A strange feeling haunted me in the JFK Airport as I awaited my Delta231 flight to Amsterdam, the first leg...

  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Yeow Kai Chai:

    It sprang, unexpected, a sprig of memories.

    Yeow Kai Chai at his desk, holding a collection of poetry from Matthea Harvey,...
  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Tang Siu Wa. Read this entry in its original language by visiting Tang Siu Wa's blog.

    I've heard that travel is a good time to get rid of stuff....

  • The "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home means for authors who have spent three months in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Sabata-mpho Mokae:

    The three months that I spent in Iowa City were like an interval, sort of a break between two years if not two eras. When I got home...

  • A special guest post by Timothy Shipe.

    South Habour, HelsinkiOn August 15 at 6:00 P.M., just as the 2014 contingent of writers was gathering for Chris Merrill’s annual backyard picnic, my long-delayed flight to Frankfurt took off from the chaotic aftermath of a thirty-minute shutdown at O’Hare. My destination was Scandinavia, where I would spend the next twenty-four days on...
  • A special guest post by Mamle KABU, a 2014 Fall Resident from Ghana.

    WPG hosts a weekly live radio show.Still fighting off jet lag from my trip from Ghana to Iowa to join the International Writing Program, I woke up to the most elating news this morning. The Writers Project of Ghana (WPG), of which I am a co-director, had just received a commitment from the Miles Morland...
  • [Click to Enlarge] Nana's writing space in Iowa City, Iowa (USA).

    In just over three weeks, the University of Iowa will kick off the first session in its first-ever creative writing MOOC: How Writers Write Poetry, a free six-week online course. How Writers Write Poetry will bring thousands of poets, aspiring poets, and poetry-lovers from across the globe together through writing...

  • Just 32 days to go until the launch of the University of Iowa’s first creative writing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): How Writers Write Poetry, which opens June 28, 2014. The free six-week course will include bi-weekly video sessions featuring craft talks by established poets, writing exercises, online discussions, and workshops; participants will be invited to share their work and...
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    In May 2013, seventeen poets, writers, and scholars from the U.S., Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran met in Konya, in central Turkey, to discuss the poetic legacy of 13th century mystic Rumi. A new documentary, The Same Gate: A Poetic Exchange, by Beirut-based filmmaker Nigol Bezjian, captures that encounter as well as the sights and sounds of...

  • "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...

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