The University of Iowa

UI Unveils 30 Years of Interviews with International Writers

The storied history of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program is now available for the world to hear. "The Peter Nazareth Collection," which consists of 30 years of audio interviews with IWP participants and guests, is digitally archived at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Since 1967, more than 1,000 creative writers from 120 countries have visited the university to attend the IWP. In his interviews with writers connected to the program, Peter Nazareth, a UI faculty member and an adviser to the International Writing Program since 1974.

"This collection is a gold mine that's now going out to the whole world from absolutely the right place at absolutely the right time, because this is a city of writing right now," said Nazareth, referring to Iowa City's designation on Nov. 20, 2008, as a UNESCO City of Literature. Nazareth, professor of English in the UI's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recorded 66 interviews, seminars and panel discussions conducted in various settings, including "Humanities at Iowa," a 1980s radio show that aired on WSUI/KSUI. Read more...


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