This archive represents a collection of work submitted by participants in the International Writing Program from 2001 to present. Each year, program participants provide a sample of their writing (in original English or in an English translation) as part of their application to the residency. That text is then made available on the IWP website, alongside the participant’s short biography: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/residency.

In addition to writing samples, this collection includes short thematic essays commissioned from the writers for a weekly panel series at the Iowa City Public Library, as well as their presentations at the Iowa City Book Festival or other similar occasions.

Documents are listed below by year of residency, starting with the most recent. You can also search in the right sidebar if you know the author’s name, his/her country of origin, or the title of a work.

This archive is intended for non-commercial educational, research, or public interest uses only. Any publication of works included here must be by written permission of the author.

A comprehensive Audio/Video archive of IWP residents’ readings and presentations while in Iowa City can be found in the Iowa Digital Library.

More information about the fifty years of the program can be seen on the 50th anniversary website.

For a visual map of residents across time, by country or by language, see the IWP timeline map.

Find more works by and about Chinese language participants (from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) in the Chinese writers database.

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Submissions from 2017

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Writing Sample, Ghada Al-Absy (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Fatena Alghorra (Palestinian Territories; Belgium)

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Writing Sample, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (Italy)

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Writing Sample, Ramsha Ashraf (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Hajar Bali (Algeria)

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Writing Sample, Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe; South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Audrey Chin (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Kristian Sendon Cordero (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Lava Omer Darwesh (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Dilman Dila (Uganda)

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Writing Sample, Esther Dischereit (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Kaori Fujino (Japan)

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Writing Sample, Enza García Arreaza (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Santiago Giralt (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Gimba Kakanda (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Anne Kennedy (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Doyoon Kim (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Stuart Lau (劉偉成) (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Okky Madasari (Indonesia)

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Writing Sample, Tilottama Majumder (India)

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Writing Sample, Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia)

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Writing Sample, Maung Day (Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Yvonne Ouwuor (Kenya)

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Writing Sample, Matjaž Pikalo (Slovenia)

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Writing Sample, Yuriy Serebriansky (Kazakhstan)

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Writing Sample, Yaara Shehori (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Subraj Singh (Guyana)

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Writing Sample, Wipas Srithong (Thailand)

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Writing Sample, Sharlene Teo (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Antoinette Tidjani Alou (Niger)

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Writing Sample, Kinga Tóth (Hungary)

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Writing Sample, Kirmen Uribe (Spain)

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Writing Sample, Julienne Van Loon (Australia)

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Writing Sample, Xavier Villanova (Mexico)

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Writing Sample, Chung-hsien Yan (Taiwan)

Submissions from 2016

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World Literature Today, Wasi Ahmed (Bangladesh)

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Writing Sample, Wasi Ahmed (Bangladesh)

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Exodus, Khaled Alkhamissi (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Khaled Alkhamissi (Egypt)

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Re-fictionalizing Philippine Fiction Writing: Alter(na[rra]tive) Platforms and Counter-Literature, Eros S. Atalia (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Eros S. Atalia (Philippines)

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At Language’s Edge, Odeh Bisharat (Israel)

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In Minor Things, we find Major Politics, Odeh Bisharat (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Odeh Bisharat (Israel)

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The Ikea Catalog of Literature, Galit Dahan Carlibach (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Galit Dahan Carlibach (Israel)

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The Marketing of my Poetry: A Sharing, Ko Hua Chen (Taiwan)

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Writing Sample, Ko Hua Chen (陳克華) (Taiwan)

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Writing Sample, Z.P. Dala (South Africa)

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World Literature Today, zp Dala (South Africa)

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[untitled], Mara Genschel (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Mara Genschel (Germany)

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On Writing and Politics, Obari Gomba (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Obari Gomba (Nigeria)

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24 True Lies per Second, Mortada Gzar (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Mortada Gzar (Iraq)

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Beyond the Dynamic of Text and Film : [Literary] Fiction and Neo-Mimesis, Ruel Johnson (Guyana)

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Writing Sample, Ruel Johnson (Guyana)

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Writing Sample, Akhil Katyal (India)

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Bloody Tongue [at Language’s Edge], Ko Ko Thett (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Ko Ko Thett (Burma; Myanmar)

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Wish to Become an Unforgettable Flower, Chae Won Lee (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Chae Won Lee (South Korea)

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Le Savali: The Journey, Courtney Sina Meredith (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Courtney Sina Meredith (New Zealand)

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Real Work, Amanah Mustafi (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Amanah Mustafi (Singapore)

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Upstairs Downstairs, Virginia Suk-yin Ng (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Virginia Suk-yin Ng (伍淑賢) (Hong Kong)

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Right to Refuge, Right to Move, Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria)

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Finding a Voice through the Genres, Yusi Avianto Pareanom (Indonesia)

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Writing Sample, Yusi Avianto Pareanom (Indonesia)

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A Small Paper Boat, Shenaz Patel (Mauritius)

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Writing Sample, Shenaz Patel (Mauritius)

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Political Notes from a Venezuela Writer, Carlos Patiño Pereda (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Carlos Patiño Pereda (Venezuela)

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Fear, Failure, Films, and Literature, Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria)

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Writing Sample, Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria)

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Refugees, Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia)

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Ambidextrous, Hensli Rahn Solórzano (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Hensli Rahn Solórzano (Venezuela)

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Autobiography of a Semicolon, Subodh Sarkar (India)

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Writing Sample, Subodh Sarkar (India)

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Real Work and Fiction, Legodile Seganabeng (Botswana)

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Writing Sample, Legodile Seganabeng (Botswana)

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At Language’s Edge, Vivek Shanbhag (India)

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Writing Sample, Vivek Shanbhag (India)

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Here and There: At the Borders of Reality, Memory, and the Fantastic, Tomoka Shibasaki (Japan)

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Writing Sample, Tomoka Shibasaki (柴崎友香) (Japan)

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Writing on the Edges of Language, Stephanos Stephanides (Cyprus)

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Writing Sample, Stephanos Stephanides (Cyprus)

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What’s the Shape of Your Paragraph?, Henriikka Tavi (Finland)

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Writing Sample, Henriikka Tavi (Finland)

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Fiction in the Age of Film, Mariano Tenconi Blanco (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Mariano Tenconi Blanco (Argentina)

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Lab UA: Terra Incognita, Tetiana Troitskaya (Ukraine)

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Writing Sample, Tetiana Troitskaya (Ukraine)

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Real Work, Hao Guang Tse (Singapore)