The University of Iowa

From Iowa City to Masvingo: The Shared Power of the Pen

U.S. Embassy Harare and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently hosted five American writers from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program to workshop and discuss the power of books with Zimbabwean youth.

The writers, representing a wide variety of literary styles, including poetry, journalism, novels, and short stories, visited Harare, Zimbabwe this August to conduct literary workshops with the students of southern Africa.

"To liven up one evening, they turned a reception at the Deputy Chief of Mission's residence into an impromptu poetry slam. Zimbabwean poets performed in English and Shona, while the Iowa Writers read from their own work."

Read more details from this trip in this post on the U.S. Department of State Official Blog by Grace Chung.