The International Writing Program 2017 Events Calendar

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 3:30pm to Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:30pm
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The International Writing Program 2017 Events Calendar 

All dates and times subject to change. Check for updates. 

•Shambaugh House Reading Series (Fridays) • 

All readings take place in the Paul Engle Lounge at Shambaugh House from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

8/25 Tilottama Majumder (India) and Ramsha Ashraf (Pakistan)

9/1 Yuriy Serebryanskiy (Kazakhstan) and Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia)

9/8 Antoinette Tidjani Alou (Niger) and Gimba Kakanda (Nigeria)

9/15 Lava Omer Darwesh (Iraq) and Fatena Alghorra (Belgium)

9/22 Yaara Shehori (Israel) and Subraj Singh (Guyana)

9/29 Kim Doyoon (South Korea), Audrey Chin (Singapore), and Stuart Lau (Hong Kong) 10/6 Okky Madasari (Indonesia) and Ghada Al-Absy (Egypt)

10/20 Fujino Kaori (Japan) and Yan Chung-Hsien (Taiwan)

10/27 Santiago Giralt (Argentina) and Xavier Villanova (Mexico) 


•Prairie Lights Reading Series (Sundays) • 

All readings take place on the second floor of Prairie Lights Books from 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

8/27 Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya), Kirmen Uribe (Spain), and Kristen Steenbeeke (USA)

9/3 Panashe Chigumadzi (South Africa/Zimbabwe), Maung Day (Myanmar), and Derick Mattern (USA) 9/10 Julienne van Loon (Australia), Kristian Sendon Cordero (Philippines), and Cynthia Smart (Argentina) 9/17 Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (Italy), Esther Dischereit (Germany), and Ben Krusling (USA)

9/24 Enza García Arreaza (Venezuela), Anne Kennedy (New Zealand), and John Vater (USA)

10/8 Sharlene Teo (Singapore), Matjaž Pikalo (Slovenia), and Tameka Cage Conley (USA)

10/22 Hajar Bali (Algeria), Wipas Srithong (Thailand), and Dina Peone (USA)

10/29 Kinga Tóth (Hungary), Dilman Dila (Uganda), and Nina Morrison (USA) 


•IWP Cinematheque (Sundays) • 

All screenings take place in E105 AJB (Adler Journalism Bldg.) at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the presenter. 

8/27 Meet Me in St Louis (USA; 1945), presented by Nataša Ďurovičová

9/3 Hinulid: the Sorrows of Sita (Philippines; 2016), dir. + screenplay by Kristian Sendon Cordero

9/10 Antes del estreno [Before Opening Night] (Argentina; 2010), dir. + screenplay by Santiago Giralt 9/17 Her Broken Shadow (Uganda; 2017), dir. + screenplay by Dilman Dila

9/24 Evening of Short Films TBD

10/8 Blind Massage (China; 2014), based on the novel Blind Massage by 50th anniversary guest Bi Feiyu 10/15 TBD

10/22 Tentative: Sarraounia (Burkina Faso/Mauritania; 1986) 


•Global Express•

UIowa actors, directed by Eric Forsythe, perform a staged reading of selected works by IWP participants. Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 p.m., Theatre B (Theatre Arts Bldg.) 


•Iowa City Public Library Panels (Fridays) • 

All panels take place in Meeting Room A at 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted. 

9/1 In Translation—Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (Italy), Audrey Chin (Singapore), Kristian Sendon Cordero (Philippines), Antoinette Tidjani Alou (Niger), Kinga Tóth (Hungary) 

9/8 *Writing in the Field of Optics—Dilman Dila (Uganda), Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia), Matjaž Pikalo (Slovenia) *In Gerber Lounge, 304 English-Philosophy Building* 

9/15 Should a Writer Speak for “The Universal”?— Hajar Bali (Algeria), Panashe Chigumadzi (South Africa/Zimbabwe), Okky Madasari (Indonesia), Wipas Srithong (Thailand), Julienne van Loon (Australia) 

9/22 Utopia and the Future—Lava Omer Darwesh (Iraq), Fujino Kaori (Japan), Gimba Kakanda (Nigeria), Yaara Shehori (Israel) 

9/29 Permanent Migration, or Re-thinking Home—Fatena Alghorra (Belgium), Esther Dischereit (Germany), Anne Kennedy (New Zealand), Yuriy Serebryanskiy (Kazakhstan), Kirmen Uribe (Spain) 

10/6 Emancipating Bodies, Encountering Taboos—Ramsha Ashraf (Pakistan), Maung Day (Myanmar), Santiago Giralt (Argentina), Tilottama Majumder (India), Subraj Singh (Guyana) 

10/20 Emo: The Mode of High Emotion— Ghada Al-Absy (Egypt), Enza García Arreaza (Venezuela), Stuart Lao (Hong Kong), Sharlene Teo (Singapore), Xavier Villanova (Mexico) 

10/27 Images of America: What we Saw—open to all IWP 2017 writers-in-residence *** 

•IWP@50 Anniversary Events• 

All panels take place at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 12:00. Visit for more information. 

10/10  50th Panel: World Literature Today—Tim Parks (Chair), Lorna Goodison, Peter Nazareth, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Jeremy Tiang 

10/11  50th Panel: Fifty Years of Latin American Literature—Luis Bravo, Alberto Fuguet, Pola Oloixarac 

10/11  *IWP 50th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser—Join us for an evening of literature, dance, music, and cuisines 

from around the world, with readings and addresses by distinguished IWP alumni (RSVP to; ticket price: $125). *IMU 2nd floor ballroom, 6:00 p.m.* 

10/12  50th Panel: One Chinese Language, Many Chinese Literatures—Jin Feng (Chair), Bi Feiyu, Dung Kai-cheung, Li 

Di An, Poon Yiu Ming, Ya Hsien 

10/13  50th Panel: National Literatures in a Time of Rising Nationalisms—Daniel Simon (Chair), Dung Kai-cheung, 

Luljeta Lleshanaku, Sadek Mohammed, Anja Utler *** 

•Iowa City Book Festival Panels• 

Sunday, October 8-Sunday, October 15

Please visit for more information, and to see a lineup of panels involving IWP writers-in-residence. 


•UI Dance Collaboration•

UIowa dancers perform interpretations of selected works by IWP writers-in-residence. Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:00 p.m., Space Place Theater