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International Writing Program (IWP) Friday Reading Series

October 8, 2021 - 5:00pm
October 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
October 22, 2021 - 5:00pm
November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm
November 12, 2021 - 5:00pm
November 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
The International Writing Program, The University of Iowa

Voices from around the world fill historic Shambaugh House, UI International Writing Program (IWP) HQ. Join us online Friday, Oct. 8, for readings by current IWP Fall 2021 Writers-in-Residence Sarah BLAU (fiction writer, playwright; Israel), Gabriele LABANAUSKAITĖ (poetry, drama, fiction; Lithuania), and Edwige DRO (translator, activist, writer; Côte d’Ivoire).

This Friday series will include Fridays Oct. 15 & 22, Nov. 5 & 12, possibly also Nov. 19 (TBD), each with readings by different 2021 IWP Fall Residents:

Reading Oct. 8:

Edwige DRO (translator, activist, writer; Côte d’Ivoire) is a co-founder of the collective Abidjan Lit and the founder of 1949, “a library of women’s writings from Africa and the black world.” She has facilitated, judged, and translated for many writing competitions, and coordinated the Francophone program of Writivism in Uganda. Her stories and essays, published in magazines like Popula, This is Africa, and the Johannesburg Review of Books, have been widely anthologized. She participates courtesy the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

Gabriele LABANAUSKAITĖ (poetry, drama, fiction; Lithuania) teaches drama theory and creative writing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Considering herself a “text producer,” she works across media, often in collective forms, also organizing poetry and stage events. She has published three plays, three poetry collections in CD/DVD format, and a libretto, as well as a theory of drama narratives, Dramatika. Her participation was made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Sarah BLAU (fiction writer, playwright; Israel) has had her short stories published in many anthologies in Israel and abroad. Among her novels are [The Book of Creation] (2007), [Those Well-Raised Girls] (2012), [Stake] (2014), and The Others (2018; English translation 2021); among her plays are [The Last One] (2004), [Thy Shall Write] (2014), and [Rhinoplasty] (2105). She is the recipient of the 2017 Bar-Ilan University Alumni Achievement Award, and of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Literature. She participates courtesy of Fulbright Israel.

Event is free & all are invited!