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  • [Click to Enlarge] The first MOOC in the How Writers Write Series will focus on Poetry. The International Writing Program (IWP) is delighted to announce The University of Iowa’s first creative writing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): How Writers Write Poetry, now open for enrollment. The free six-week course (June 28-August 9, 2014) will include discussions and workshops, as...
  • With the process to select 2014 IWP Fall Residents in full swing, we thought it might be fun to look back at one of the highlights of the 2013 Fall Residency.[Click to Enlarge] Portela leading a guided tour of the HORTUS installation in downtown Iowa City. The 4,000 plus literary visitors to the 2013 Iowa City Book Festival got an unexpected treat: a soundscape of synthetic birdsong. The...
  • A special guest post by University of Iowa student Sara Cooper.[Click to Enlarge] Members of the Iowa City audience, waiting for Book Wings Iraq to begin. I participated as an audience member in both performances of Book Wings 2014, the first a collaboration between the University of Iowa (UI) and the University of Baghdad, the second between UI and the Moscow...
  • 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 Oscar Ranzo, writing from Uganda in January 2014:[Click to Enlarge] Ranzo (at center, in red shirt) with family in Uganda. Several weeks have...
  • A special guest post by GWENDOLYN GILLSON, a PhD student in the University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies, who was in the audience during the March 11, 2014 Book Wings theatre exchange with the University of Baghdad.

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    Iraq was a really fascinating experience. The performances were captivating and intellectually stimulating,...

  • The Shambaugh House blog's annual "On Going Home" series offers a glimpse of what returning home is like for authors who've spent nearly three months writing and researching in the U.S. as part of the International Writing Program's Fall Residency. This week's installment comes to us from Whiti Hereaka.

    I have phantom jandal1 syndrome.  I can feel the memory...

  • The University of Iowa’s Between the Lines (BTL) creative writing and cultural exchange program, which brings aspiring writers ages 16-19 from around the world together for two weeks of intensive study, has announced that it will be administering $10,000 in need-based scholarships for the summer 2014 session, to be held on the University of Iowa Campus June 21st – July 5th,...
  • Sridala Swami in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (where she took part in a Jazz Poetry Festival). Photo: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing several short essays commissioned from writers who participated in the 2013 International Writing Program Fall Residency as part of the Shambaugh House blog's annual "On Going Home" series. "On Going...
  • 15 applicants representing a broad geographic range will be selected to participate in the seminar.

    The idea of nonfiction is simple: tell the truth. But as anyone who has ever attempted it knows, telling the truth can be a lot more complicated than it looks. How do you write a scene if you can’t remember exactly what everyone said? How do you spend only a paragraph describing a...

  • Sholeh Wolpe worked with co-translator Mohsen Emadi to produce the first-ever complete Persian translation of "Song of Myself"

    As more than 2,000 poetry lovers around the world journey through "Song of Myself" with Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, "My Barbaric Yawp" offers a special glimpse into the process, challenges, and...

  • Silk Routes is a new 3-year project designed to stregthen creative and cultural ties along the ancient Silk Road March 16th-22nd, 2014 twelve writers, teachers, literary organizers, and cultural entrepreneurs from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the United States will meet in the Maldives for a symposium focused on the heritage, tradition,...
  • [Click to Enlarge] Herman Sadulaev's play A THREE WAY DREAM will premiere, in English translation, on the Univ of Iowa stage. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11am CT (8pm Moscow time) the University of Iowa will link up with the Moscow Art Theatre to present the third annual performance of Book Wings, a collaborative theatre initiative that uses the latest new media...
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    [Click to Enlarge] Heather Raffo's new play, SHELTER DRILLS, will premiere at Book Wings March 11th, 2014. On March 11, 2014 at 9am CT (5pm Baghdad time) a team of more than forty actors, writers, directors, translators, engineers, producers, and information technology specialists at the University of Iowa will link up with the University of Baghdad to present Book Wings, a...
  • [Click to Enlarge] The new "Romanian" tab on the WhitmanWeb multimedia gallery. As more than 2,100 poetry lovers around the world journey through "Song of Myself" with Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, the My Barbaric Yawp series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the process, challenges, and delights of rendering Whitman’s words, world, and intent...
  • Book Wings commissioned playwright David Kranes. Salt Lake City-based playwright and fiction writer David Kranes, former artistic director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwrights Lab, will travel to Iowa City, IA next week to participate in Book Wings, a theatre collaboration that will connect actors, writers, directors, and translators from the University of Baghdad...
  • [Click to Enlarge] WhitmanWeb translator Luis Alberto Ambroggio.

    As more than 2,000 poetry lovers around the world journey through "Song of Myself" with Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, the Shambaugh House blog series "My Barbaric Yawp" offers a special glimpse into the process, challenges, and delights of rendering Whitman’s words, world...

  • My brother-in-law said to me so ‘now that you’re admitted to the bar are you going to give up this writing thing for a while and try the law?’ and to me what he said is ‘are you going to give up breathing for the next couple of years and try the law?”

    -Whiti Hereaka (New Zealand)

    [Click to Enlarge] Pakistani novelist and humorist Shandana Minhas...
  • [Click to Enlarge] Marilynne takes questions on writing (and writer's block) from students at United Arab Emirates University. "We learn from books, that's important; but we also participate in books, and that's as important."   -Marilynne Robinson, speaking with students at the American University in Dubai  

    Every year, IWP reading tours introduce American...

  • [Click to Enlarge] Writer and translator Alina Dadaeva spent months translating all 52 sections of Song of Myself into Russian. As thousands of students around the world prepare to embark on the journey through "Song of Myself" as part of Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, the University of Iowa’s first Massive Open...
  • American participant Zora Hurst performing at the 2013 Seldom Seen Festival as part of BTL 2013.Between the Lines: The Writing Experience, the International Writing Program's creative writing summer program for teenagers, is now accepting nominations for young writers ages 16-19 from Russia and Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa to join young U.S. writers for two...

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