The University of Iowa

February 2012

IWP Shambaugh House Roundup: Midwinter 2012

Book Wings: Iowa City to Moscow, March 9th

IWP Director Christopher Merrill to Discuss Trip to Afghanistan on IPR’s River to River

Listen to the audio recording of this program here.

Poet, Professor, and Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa Christopher Merrill recently travelled to Afghanistan where he met with Afghan poets, fiction writers, and journalists. As the U.S. prepares to fully withdraw from that country, what is in store for the country’s writers and journalists? What does it mean to make art and literature in a country plagued by violence? These topics and more will be addressed in Merrill’s interview with River to River host Ben Kieffer.

New Issue of eXchanges

The latest issue of eXchanges: a journal of literary translation, a publication of the MFA program in literary translation at the University of Iowa, has just gone live.

The Winter 2012 issue, edited by Rachael Small and Andres Alfaro, features translations of poetry and prose from German, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, and Bulgarian, as well as a short history of the magazine by founder Daniel Weissbort, and an oneiric letter by the editors.


John D'Agata reading

Archive Date: 
February 22, 2012
John D'Agata

John D'Agata and Jim Fingal read from their new book, The Lifespan of a Fact, which focuses on the question of how negotiable a fact in nonfiction actually is. In 2003, an essay by John D’ Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal.

Can a Papermaker Help to Save Civilization?

UI faculty member D'Agata headlines busy week of live literary streams

Rita Dove Receives National Medal of Arts

The White House announced the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals on February 10th. Poet Rita Dove was the leading literary figure among the seven who will receive the National Medal of Arts, joining actor Al Pacino, singer Mel Tillis, painter Will Barnet, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts, and creative arts patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals at a White House to the above individuals at a ceremony on Monday, Feb. 13, streaming live at 1:45pm eastern.



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