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Applications Open for IWP's Summer Program for Ages 15-18! - https://mailchi.mp/uiowa/iwpsummer-1072301
To mark the approaching first anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, the Harvard Asia Center announces “Poetry Against Tyranny: A Reading and Conversation with Three Burmese Poets” on February 4th, 2022, 4pm EST.

Read more about the event and register here:

https://bit.ly/348RnxS
This Thursday, January 27th, Sridala Swami (IWP ‘13) will discuss her new poetry collection, Run for the Shadows, with Sharanya Manivannan.

The event will be on Facebook Live, StarmarkKolkata, on Thursday, 27th January 2022, at 6.30 pm IST. You can join via this link:

https://bit.ly/3r0OSqz
A call for submissions by writers who have not published more than one book with a major press: The Disquiet Literary Contest asks for unpublished work–fiction, poetry, essay. Deadline January 24, 2022. Reading fee: $15. Details: http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disquiet-prize/
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Repost about IWP alumni! • @centrovenezolanoamericano — “A Venezuelan writer visits Iowa City and documents the presence of Venezuelan authors during 50 years in the most prestigious U.S. writing residence.

A few years later, two writers chat (in Spanish) about those findings, about Iowa, about the Venezuelan poets and storytellers who have participated in the International Writing Program (IWP) @UIIWP and what this program means for the Venezuelan literature.

Jacqueline Goldberg @JacGoldberg from Caracas and Enza García Arreaza @enzagarciac from Cedar Rapids, in Iowa get together on Thursday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m. (Caracas time), and we will be livestreaming their conversation via our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Join us!

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Repost • @iowacitypubliclibrary The Library Channel records events for future viewing like @uiiwp's 2021 International Writing Panel. Watch the IWP Fall writers-in-residence share poignant observations about their experiences in the United States.
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Repost IWP’s @btl_uiiwp • Teens around the world (including BTL alums!) perform their work at a virtual reading hosted by the acclaimed Boutelle-Day Poetry Center and Write the World.
The event is free to attend and open to the public.
Join Write the World Thursday, January 13, from 7-8:15pm ET via Zoom for a virtual poetry reading, hosted by Write the World, the global community for young writers and the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College! We will feature the original poems of young writers around the world who participated in Write the World poetry events, followed by a Q&A.
The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1997 and has hosted many esteemed poets, from Mary Oliver to Elizabeth Alexander, Gwendolyn Brooks to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nikky Finney to Ross Gay (an IWP Lines & Spaces alum) and more.
The event will be MC’d by Smith alum and Write the World Teaching Artist Cai Sherley ‘19. Attendees will hear from over a dozen young poets eager to share their work with the world; acting Director of the Center and celebrated poet Matt Donovan, who will share insight into the history of the Center; and Write the World Executive Director Clare McFadden, who will speak about Write the World programming.

To Register (free!) https://bit.ly/3fdRFFO
The International Writing Program (IWP) is a global community of writers committed to promoting and celebrating freedom of expression around the world. The IWP shares the concerns of writers in #Kazakhstan regarding the interruptions of internet service, which have accompanied the ongoing protests. The ability to communicate freely fulfils the essential human need to share eye-witness accounts of the events, check on the safety of friends and family, and gain perspective on the events of the day. Online platforms have become indispensable for this, and so we urge the authorities in Kazakhstan to protect all citizens’ access to online services and to promote an online environment that supports #freeexpression.
We're delighted that IWP alum Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan) has won Iran's Ahmad Shamlo Prize for his new book of poems, the most prestigious prize of all in Persian writing! bbc.com/persian/afghanistan-59627784?fbclid=IwAR3bYWK0Wh8Zvp31YN4vvVydyoOiu8xm19VVgGsf6hmjrBREFy-ftvVJk0Q
Photos from our Pop Up Reading on the #IowaCity pedestrian mall --> check out our videos for diverse clips from the reading!

Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (#Lithuania) JAV Ambasada Vilniuje / U.S. Embassy Vilnius

Muthi Nhlema (#Malawi) U.S. Embassy Lilongwe

Alexandra Katsarou
(IWP’21 #Greece) @usembassyathens

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Loved how our collaborative #writerdancer performances with University of Iowa Department of Dance came out this year, an annual favorite! Here's APAPACHO:
Apapacho comes from the #Nahuatl language, which could be translated to English as “caress with the soul.” In relationship to this powerful concept of connectivity through human experience, the collaborators have moved to build a space of care through mindful exchange – of written language and of movement language. In an act of translation, these artists move to build a bridge of empathy and humanity – writing a relationship onto paper and onto space. This piece is a momentary offering around which individuals can collect, gather, and commune in solidarity.
- Based off written work by Diana del Angel (IWP '21 Fall Resident, Mexico)
- Collaborative Vision and Performance: Diana Del Ángel & Emmalee Hallinan
- Photos by Rachel Wagner

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In Jeune Afrique, IWP alum Umar Timol ('18, Mauritius) discusses biases inherent in recent literary prizes awarded to African writers: https://www.jeuneafrique.com/1278310/culture/goncourt-nobel-booker-prize-la-recompense-du-dominant-au-domine/

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The IWP at the University of Iowa connects and empowers writers through summer exchanges for young writers, free online writing courses, and a revered residency in Iowa City for writers from around the world. Each fall the IWP brings about 30 established writers from around the globe to Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, to write, share their work, and become part of the lively literary commu

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03/21/2022

Join us for the World Poetry Day event today!
Location: Deadwood, Iowa City, 6pm.

Stolen Freedoms: Creative Expression, Historic Resistance, and the Myanmar Coup 03/14/2022

Stolen Freedoms: Creative Expression, Historic Resistance, and the Myanmar Coup

The military regime in Myanmar continues its crackdown on creative artists, begun in February of last year.

More than a year has now passed since the arrest and detention of poet and IWP ’15 alum Maung Yu Py/Mg Yu Py/Mg Yu Pie, on politically-motivated charges; and last month, two more prominent authors, detained since the day of the coup, were given multi-year jail sentences.

If you want to learn more, a valuable place to start is a study (https://bit.ly/3tUJohc) released in December 2021 by PEN America, which frames this most recent retaliation by the military within the country’s “long history of creative expression and protest.”

https://mailchi.mp/uiowa/iwp31021
https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/insein-prison-court-hands-sentences-to-writers-detained-on-day-of-coup

Stolen Freedoms: Creative Expression, Historic Resistance, and the Myanmar Coup This report explores the creative response to the February 1, 2021 coup in Myanmar and the military’s retaliatory crackdown.

03/12/2022

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber is a fiction writer from Kenya. Her debut novel The House of Rust was selected by the Graywolf Press Africa Prize and published in 2021. Lacking access to trustworthy written resources necessitated she become an observational writer. But imagination neither began, nor ended there. Her love of lyrical story, cunning rituals, sly manners, and the invention and melodrama of monsters, could only have been nurtured in the majlises of the true masters; her most beloved and wily womenfolk. Her work has appeared in A Long House, Lolwe and Down River Road among others. She lives in Mombasa, Kenya.
She will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to the Paul and Hualing Nieh Engle Fund.
Please join us in welcoming her!

03/11/2022

Yasser Abdel Hafez () is a novelist and literary editor, currently managing editor of Akhbar al-Adab literary newspaper. His novel On the Occasion of Life was longlisted for The Arabic Booker Prize, and The Book of Safety won the Sawiris Award, with its English translation (Hoopoe Fiction) receiving the Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize.
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @CultureAtState @ECAatState @usembassycairo.
Please join us in welcoming him!

03/11/2022

Luíza FAZIO ( @luiza.fazio) authored @Sintonia (Netflix, 2019), the most-watched Brazilian TV series of 2019, about the bittersweet lives of teenagers in the favelas. Luíza gives voice to female, LGBTQIA+, and latinx experiences through TV shows she wrote, Samantha! (Netflix, 2018) and Criminal (Amazon Prime, TBA), and her film script adaptation of A Princesa e a Costureira [The Princess and the Seamstress].
Fazio will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Exchange Programs at U.S. State Department @Embaixada EUA Brasil / US Embassy Brazil

Please join us in welcoming her!

03/10/2022

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Raghavendra MADHU () advocates for human and environmental rights through poetry; his poem , in response to a survey classifying artists as "non-essential," has taken off via online campaigns (http://bit.ly/IndianExpressArtistes). His poems have been set to classical music and contemporary dance, collaborating with global artists for multidisciplinary poetry experiences. He founded @Poetry Couture, creating free spaces for poetry in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, and beyond. https://madhuraghavendra.blogspot.com @redriverpress
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Exchange Programs at U.S. State Department U.S. Embassy India @India.usembassy

Please join us in welcoming him!

03/10/2022

Walid Hajar Rachedi has published his debut novel Qu’est-ce que j’irais faire au paradis [What would I do in Paradise] early 2022. Passionate about stories cutting across cultural and linguistic barriers and new formats, he is the co-founder and managing editor of the bilingual digital magazine Frictions. Epidemiques [Epidemics], a fiction podcast he produced was shortlisted in the 2020 Paris Podcast Festival. In 2012, he launched an innovative transmedia campaign around his novel fugues [Runaway]. He is the recipient of the 2007 Grandes Ecoles Literary prize for his collection of short stories Chaises Musicales.  
 
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to the American Embassy of Paris 
Please join us in welcoming him! 
 

03/10/2022

Sara Jaramillo Klinkert ( @sara.klinkert) authored the autobiographical novel Cómo maté a mi padre [How I Killed My Father] (@angostaeditores @lumenedit), was a finalist for the Colombia National Book Award, and her second novel is forthcoming. She has also been a journalist for Colombia's primary television network. Klinkert owns a spice shop called ábrete sésamo (open sesame @abretesesamo) and a cat called Kafka. https://medium.com/@sarajaramilloklinkert
She will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @usdos.colombia
Please join us in welcoming her!

03/09/2022

TJ Benson ( @tj.benson.1481) is a writer and visual artist whose work explores the body in the context of memory, migration, utopia, and the unconscious self. His short story collection We Won’t Fade into Darkness was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize. He lives in an apartment full of plants and is in danger of becoming a cat person.
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @usembassynigeria. Please join us in welcoming him!

03/09/2022

Abdelaziz ERRACHIDI @aziz.rachdi () is a professor of Arabic literature at Ibn Tofaïl University in Kenitra and director of the publishing house AlKassaba. A recipient of many awards, he regularly attends international writing residencies, and his works are translated widely. He has also been the director of the International Festival of Popular Arts since 2013.  
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Exchange Programs at U.S. State Department @USEmbassyMorocco 
 
Please join us in welcoming him!

03/09/2022

Jidanun LUEANGPIANSAMUT ( ) has published more than 20 novels, largely in the sci-fi and romance genres. The youngest-ever winner, in 2017, of the Southeast Asian Writers Award, she specializes in dystopian and LGBT themes, and YA literature. Her focus is not only in dystopia or sci-fi novel. She also writes romantic novels for teen readers. Most of it is about love between LGBT. She has more than 20 books published in Thailand. She will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State @statedept.  
Please join us in welcoming her!  

03/08/2022

Angel Igov ( @igovangel) teaches English Literature and Translation at Sofia University. His novel The Meek, examining social upheaval at the end of WWII, was shortlisted for 7 national literary awards, winning the Hristo G. Danov Award. He has translated authors such as Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead, William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge, and T. S. Eliot.
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Exchange Programs at U.S. State Department @USEmbassySofia

Please join us in welcoming him!

03/07/2022

@Angel Igov ( @igovangel) teaches English Literature and Translation at Sofia University. His novel The Meek, examining social upheaval at the end of WWII, was shortlisted for 7 national literary awards, winning the Hristo G. Danov Award. He has translated authors such as Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead, William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge, and T. S. Eliot.
He will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Exchange Programs at U.S. State Department @USEmbassySofia

Please join us in welcoming him!

03/07/2022

Felix K. Nesi ( @felixnesi) is an activist and writer inspired by history, heritage, and traditional culture. He established an independent bookstore, Fanu Books, in Kupang. In 2019 he researched Timorese slavery in the Netherlands, supported by the Indonesian National Book Committee (komitebukuid).
Nesi will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @exchangeourworld @usainhkmacau
Please join us in welcoming him!

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03/07/2022

Pamela Rahn Sánchez ( @pamelarahnsanchez) aligns herself with the outcasts. Interested in the human condition and its bonds, the absurd, love, sexuality, old age, and alienation, she likes to work on poetry that defies morals and genres, with a tendency towards frank social critique. Her collection Breves poemas para entender la ausencia [Brief poems to understand absence] won the Gloria Fuertes International Young Poetry Award.
She will participate in the next International Writing Program Residency thanks to @Embajada Virtual de los EE.UU., Venezuela.
Please join us in welcoming her!

International Writing Program (IWP)

The IWP at the University of Iowa connects and empowers writers through summer exchanges for young writers, free online writing courses, and a revered residency in Iowa City for writers from around the world. Each fall the IWP brings 30 established writers from around the globe to Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, to write, share their work, and become part of the lively literary community. Since 1967, over 1,500 writers from more than 150 countries have been in residence at the IWP.

Find our more about our:
- Free IWP course materials: distancelearningiwp.org
- International Conferences: iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/international-conferences
- Between the Lines Writing Camp (for students age 15-18): iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines
- Summer Institute (for students from the U.S., India, and Pakistan age 18-22): iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/summer-institute
- Fall Residency: iwp.uiowa.edu/residency

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