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 2016

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Writing Sample, Hao Guang Tse (谢皓光) (Singapore)

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The Sound of Your Words, Christine Yohannes (Ethiopia)

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Writing Sample, Christine Yohannes (Ethiopia)

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Do we let the Strangers in?, Alice Yousef (Palestinian Territories)

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Writing Sample, Alice S. Yousef (Palestinian Territories)

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A Perpetual Teen Spirit, Jianing Zhou (China)

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Writing Sample, Jianing Zhou (周嘉宁) (China)

Submissions from 2015

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The Lucky one, Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand)

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Color Your Poem with Music, Raed Anis Al-Jishi (Saudi Arabia)

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Writing Sample, Raed Anis Al-Jishi (Saudi Arabia)

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Writing Sample, Armen of Armenia (Armenia)

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Poetically I Dwell on this Earth, Anas Atakora (Togo)

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Writing Sample, Anas Atakora (Togo)

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Writing Sample, Kirill Timurovich Azernyi (Russia)

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A Few Thoughts on Feminism and Writing in Singapore, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (Singapore)

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The Ormonde, Sara Baume (Ireland)

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Writing Sample, Sara Baume (Ireland)

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A Letter to Don Quixote, Guzal Begim (Uzbekistan)

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Writing Sample, Guzal Begim (Uzbekistan)

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Writing Sample, Ching-Hang Cheng (鄭政恆) (Hong Kong)

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Poetry, Film and Painting, Ching-Hang Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong)

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Be Independent, Be Free, Be Enlightened, Wen-Yin Chung (Taiwan)

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Writing Sample, Wenyin Chung (鍾文音) (Taiwan)

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Eternity Kills, Nael Eltoukhy (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Nael Eltoukhy (Egypt)

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On Writing While Being a Black Woman in Canada, El Jones (Canada)

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Writing Sample, El Jones (Canada)

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Ecstatic Caprices, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta (Philippines)

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Writing in a Culture in Conflict, Harris Khalique (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Harris Khalique (Pakistan)

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Writing and Music, EuGene Kim (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, EuGene Kim (김유진) (South Korea)

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Literature in the Time of Conflict, Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria)

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Why I Don’t Dance What I Write, Anete Kruusmägi (Estonia)

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Writing Sample, Anete Kruusmägi (Estonia)

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The Innocent Orange Blossom, Polen Ly (Cambodia)

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Writing Sample, Polen Ly (Cambodia)

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Dreams, Numbers, Catcalls and Words, Margarita Mateo Palmer (Cuba)

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Writing Sample, Margarita Mateo Palmer (Cuba)

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Writing Sample, Maung Yu Py (Burma; Myanmar)

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The Calling Implicit in Being a Writer: 10 Bullet Points on How I Navigate my Responsibilities, Jotted Down Irresponsibly Quickly, Michael Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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Writing Sample, Michael Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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The Elephant in the Room and Me, Yael Neeman (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Yael Neeman (Israel)

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This Too Shall Pass, Nisah Haron (Malaysia)

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Writing Sample, Nisah Haron (Malaysia)

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Mourning of Art, Birgül Oğuz (Turkey)

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Writing Sample, Birgül Oğuz (Turkey)

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The Fabric Rubric, Rochelle Potkar (India)

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Writing Sample, Rochelle Potkar (India)

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On Reading the Don, Teresa Präauer (Austria)

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Writing Sample, Teresa Präauer (Austria)

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Writing Responsibly, Homeira Qaderi (Afghanistan)

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Writing Sample, Homeira Qaderi (Afghanistan)

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The Art of Mourning, Rachel Rose (Canada)

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Writing Sample, Rachel Rose (Canada)

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Literature and Cinema: My Doubts, My Challenges and My Hope, Byambaa Sakhiya (Mongolia)

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Writing Sample, Byambaa Sakhiya (Mongolia)

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Points in Time –Writing as a Surrogate Immortality, Aki Salmela (Finland)

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Writing Sample, Aki Salmela (Finland)

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A Listening Language, Marie Silkeberg (Sweden)

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Writing Sample, Marie Silkeberg (Sweden)

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The Story of a Cry, Karen Villeda (Mexico)

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Writing Sample, Karen Villeda (Mexico)

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The Blind Don, Antônio Xerxenesky (Brazil)

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Writing Sample, Antônio Xerxenesky (Brazil)

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When Don Quixote Met Mr. Ah Q, Feng Yao (Macau)

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Writing Sample, Feng Yao (姚風) (Macau)

Submissions from 2014

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Religion and writing, Abdullah Al Wesali (Saudi Arabia)

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Writing Sample, Abdullah Al Wesali (Saudi Arabia)

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Writing as Recovery. A brief descent into the abyss, Corteau Auguste (Greece)

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Religion and writing. My world, my witing, Binayak Banerjee (India)

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Writing Sample, Binayak Banerjee (India)

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A Sense of Place. Bloodlines, Bernice Chauly (Malaysia)

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Writing Sample, Bernice Chauly (Malaysia)

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Writing Sample, Li Chen (陳黎) (Taiwan)

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Loyalty and Betrayal, Li Chi (China)

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Writing Sample, Li Chi (池莉) (China)

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Breaking In, Breaking Out. How That First Book in Print Changed My Life, or Not, Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australia)

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Writing Sample, Auguste Corteau (Greece)

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Writing Sample, Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australia)

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A Sense of Place II, Cynthia Edul (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Cynthia Edul (Argentina)

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Writing as Recovery. The Force of Disquiet in Useless Things, Heekyung Eun (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Heekyung Eun (은희경) (South Korea)

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Writing in a Country at War, Boaz Gaon (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Boaz Gaon (Israel)

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Loyalty and Betrayal, Kinana Issa (Syria)

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Writing Sample, Kinana Issa (Syria)

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World Novel Today, Mamle Kabu (Ghana)

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Writing Sample, Mamle Kabu (Ghana)

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A Sense of Place, Daren Kamali (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Daren Kamali (New Zealand)

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World Novel Today, Laurynas Katkus (Lithuania)

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Writing Sample, Laurynas Katkus (Lithuania)

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Of Monsters and Gods, Gerður Kristný (Iceland)