The International Writing Program (IWP) is a unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe, bringing international literature into classrooms, introducing American writers to other cultures through reading tours, and serving as a clearinghouse for literary news and a wealth of archival and pedagogical materials. Since 1967, over fourteen hundred writers from more than 140 countries have been in residence at the University of Iowa.
The Residency provides writers with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. It also introduces them to the social and cultural fabrics of the United States, enables them to take part in American university life, and creates opportunities for them to contribute to literature courses both at the University of Iowa and across the country.
The University of Iowa is the nation’s premier center for creative writing. Talks and readings by, and meetings with, well-known and emerging visiting American writers provide the international writers with a broad exposure to currents in American literature. We also strive to give each writer the opportunity to present her or his work in a public forum. Televised and radio interviews with writers are broadcast in the Iowa City and university communities.
Sanhouri is the first writer from Sudan had a chance to participate in the IWP. She has been nominated by the US embassy in Khartoum, and her participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S Department of State.
“Photo-letter pairing” is a project from Andra Rotaru 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 of Iowa City.
Covering the 2014 IWP Fall Residency, the documentary All Together provides insight into the work of 29 writers from all around the world, their time spent in Iowa City, and the filmmaking process. Each writer contributed to the documentary in some way. Many of the writers assisted in capturing footage to use throughout the film as the cameras were passed from one hand to another. Directed by Raj Chakrapani, All Together is a Community Engagement project from 2014 IWP Fall Resident Andra Rotaru.