January 2008

Iowa Introduces the first 'Writers' Workshop' in 1941

"Iowa cultivates not only tall corn, but also towering writers, poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. A roster of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni and faculty reads like a roster of Who's Who in American Letters."

In this Denver Post story about writers workshops, the University of Iowa is lauded for becoming "the nation's first creative-writing program and provided the prototype for hundreds of creative-writing programs in existence today".

IWP Alumna Ayu Utami's 'Saman' Dazzles Paris

The French translation of IWP alumna Ayu Utami's novel Saman, published by Flammarion on January 18th, has received much praise from French critics, literati and members of the Franco-Indonesian association Pasar Malam, boosting a newly found interest for Indonesian literature in France.

Saman was originally published in 1998, ten days after then Indonesian military and political leader Suharto stepped down from power.

Iowa City's Prairie Lights selected as a "Destination Bookstore"

Prairie Lights
The Times Club room at Prairie Lights Bookstore

Thanks to Iowa City's vibrant literary scene, inspired in part by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Prairie Lights Bookstore (in downtown Iowa City) made the AP list of

An Evening of Poetry

A poetry reading in honor of The University of Iowa's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week.
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IWP Alumnus Hoskote to Participate in 7th Gwangji Biennale

Ranjit Hoskote
Ranjit Hoskote

Indian writer, critic and International Writing Program participant Ranjit Hoskote has been selected as part of the curatorial team for the 7th Gwangju Biennal

Michael Pollan reading

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