December 2011

IWP Announces New Website

The International Writing Program is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, providing information about the IWP’s many programs and initiatives in a new location.

Through strategic partnerships with many international organizations, and frequently with the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the IWP fosters relationships and understanding between international and American writers; provides joint distance

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole reading

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Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Sara Levine reading

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Sara Levine
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Iowa Review Winter Issue Announced

Well-endowed sea captains and housewives, Zen weed-whacking, Venice but not Venice, once upon a time in a darkened room, and eyewitness haiku. The Iowa Review announces their Winter 2011/12 issue, featuring photography by Christopher Beckman and essays, stories, and poems by Lia Purpura, George Eklund, Chris Offutt, Martha Collins, Craig Reinbold, the winners of the 2011 Iowa Review Awards, and more...

Call for Submissions: Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry.

This annual regional prize—open to poets currently residing in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin—will award $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript. Finalists for the prize will be selected by 


James Galvin

James Galvin was born in Chicago in 1951 and raised in northern Colorado. Galvin received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1974 and his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977.

Galvin, James.
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Hualing Nieh Engle

Hualing Nieh Engle (1925) was born in Hubei, China, and grew up in the shadows of the Sino-Japanese and Chinese civil wars. At the age of nine, she experienced the death of her father, who was executed as an official of Chiang Kai-shek's government. Hualing Nieh Engle graduated with a degree in English from the western languages department of the National Central University in 1948.

We thank Hualing Engle for her invaluable input and help in the preparation of her profile.
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Colorado, 1981 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Dubuque, 1981 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the Governor of Iowa, 1982 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the National Association of Governors, 1982 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from Governor Robert Ray, 1982 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Coe College, 1983 Medal of Merit for Cultural Service, Ministry of Culture, Poland, 1992 Induction in the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame, 2008 Medal from the Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, 2009 Hua Zong Award for the World Chinese Writing, Malaysia, 2009 Honorary PhD in Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2009
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Paul Engle

Paul Engle (October 12, 1908-March 22, 1991), whose lasting legacy is the shaping up of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the foundation of the University of Iowa International Writing Program, joined University of Iowa faculty as a professor of English in 1937. Wilber Schramm had begun the Writers’ Workshop in 1936; Paul Engle joined him teaching it in 1941, then, took over as its director in 1942. Years later he said: “When I took over the Writers’ Workshop it was one little class and there were eight students.

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Rita Dove

Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. She was the daughter of the first African American research chemist who broke the race barrier in the tire industry. Her mother, Elvira Dove nee Hord, had been an honors student in high school and loved to read literature -- a passion her daughter would share with her early on. Dove graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Miami University in 1973 and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977.

Dove, Rita.
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John D'Agata

John D'Agata holds degrees from both the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program; he's now a member of the Nonfiction Writing Program faculty. John D'Agata is the author of About a Mountain and Halls of Fame, and editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He was a finalist for the 2003 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction, and a recipient of a 2008 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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