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 2014

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Writing Sample, Gerður Kristný (Iceland)

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Writing in a Country at War, Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan)

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Writing Sample, Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan)

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Writing Sample, Sadek Mohammed (Iraq)

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Writing in a Country at War, Sadek R. Mohammed (Iraq)

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At Language's Edge, Sabata-mpho Mokae (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Sabata-mpho Mokae (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Myay Hmone Lwin (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Omar Pérez (Cuba)

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Breaking In, Breaking Out, Andra Rotaru (Romania)

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Writing Sample, Andra Rotaru (Romania)

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Writing as lanterns, lanterns as creases!, Sabah Sanhouri (Sudan)

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Writing Sample, Sabah Sanhouri (Sudan)

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A truly complicated subject of discussion, Enrique Serrano (Colombia)

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Writing Sample, Enrique Serrano (Colombia)

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Live a life … get another one for free – A Work in Progress, Ahmed Shafie (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Ahmed Shafie (Egypt)

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A Sense of Place, Siu Wa Tang (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Siu Wa Tang (鄧小樺) (Hong Kong)

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The Craft of Decision-Making, Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela)

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Being an emigrant, Franca Treur (Netherlands)

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Writing Sample, Franca Treur (Netherlands)

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A Sense of Place II, Anja Utler (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Anja Utler (Germany)

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Death, My Funny Valentine, Kai Chai Yeow (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Kai Chai Yeow (Singapore)

Submissions from 2013

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Free mind! What not?, Muhamed Abdelnabi (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Muhamed Abdelnabi (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Alai (China)

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Writing Sample, Sawsan Al-Areeqe (Yemen)

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Politics and prose. The tiny truths of little things, Karim Alrawi (Canada; United Kingdom; Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Karim Alrawi (Canada; United Kingdom; Egypt)

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A generation of a shifting language landscape: how adopting another language provides more freedoms to express for the modern Khaleeji generation, Ali Al Saeed (Bahrain)

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Writing Sample, Ali Al Saeed (Bahrain)

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In search of Filipino identity: Freedom's fighters and poets, Mark Angeles (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Mark Angeles (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela)

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The Vonnegut Effect. Entering the potato barn, Craig Cliff (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Craig Cliff (New Zealand)

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Genre Studies. On Genre, Tom Crosshill (Latvia)

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Writing Sample, Tom Crosshill (Latvia)

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I Wish I Had Written That. Artistics and Medical Humanity: Thoughts on the Achievement of Kevin Barry’s Short Story ‘A Cruelty’, Martin Dyar (Ireland)

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Writing Sample, Martin Dyar (Ireland)

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Facts in Fictions, Nada Faris (Kuwait)

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Writing Sample, Nada Faris (Kuwait)

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At Language's Edge. Poet and Translator at the Edge of Contemporaneity, Dmitry Golynko (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Dmitry Golynko (Russia)

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First Novel Experiences, Whiti Hereaka (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Whiti Hereaka (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Kyung Uk Kim (김경욱) (South Korea)

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Korea’s ‘Mother Syndrome’, Seoryung Kim (김서령) (South Korea)

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The New Sexuality, Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore)

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Senselessness of Space, Dénes Krusovszky (Hungary)

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Writing Sample, Dénes Krusovszky (Hungary)

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Writing Sample, Chi-leung Lee (李智良) (Hong Kong)

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How Translation has affected me as a poet, Zeyar Lynn (Burma)

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Writing Sample, Zeyar Lynn (Burma)

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At Language's Edge, Teemu Manninen (Finland)

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Writing Sample, Teemu Manninen (Finland)

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A Sense of Place, Lili Mendoza (Panama)

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Writing Sample, Lili Mendoza (Panama)

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Politics and Prose, Shandana Minhas (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Shandana Minhas (Pakistan)

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The New Sexualities. The Half Human, Mahsa Mohebali (Iran)

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Writing Sample, Mahsa Mohebali (Iran)

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The voice of faith: A short note by a female Muslim writer, Asma Nadia (Indonesia)

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Writing Sample, Asma Nadia (Indonesia)

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How seeking for metaphysical answers on God and death impacted my writing, Corinne N’Guessan (Côte d'Ivoire)

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Writing Sample, Corinne N’Guessan (Côte d'Ivoire)

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Writing Sample, Patrícia Portela (Portugal)

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Writing Sample, Oscar Ranzo (Uganda)

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Fact or Fiction: How Writers Turn Real Life Events or Characters Into Fiction, Oscar Katumwa Ranzo (Uganda)

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The challenge of re-counting/re-telling memory, Roland Rugero (Burundi)

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Writing Sample, Roland Rugero (Burundi)

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I Wish I Had Written That!, Sridala Swami (India)

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Writing Sample, Sridala Swami (India)

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A Sense of Place, Yui Tanizaki (Japan)

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Writing Sample, Yui Tanizaki (谷崎由依) (Japan)

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Writing Sample, Wei Ger Tong (童偉格) (Taiwan)

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Hitchcock Marries Nabokov, Simon Urban (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Simon Urban (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Erez Volk (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Jiaxin Wang (王家新) (China)

Submissions from 2012

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Writing Sample, Khaled Alberry (Egypt)

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Translation- An Essential Bridge between Two Banks, Taleb Al Refai (Kuwait)

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Writing Sample, Taleb Al Refai (Kuwait)

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The Melancholy of the Tongue, Lyric Arousal, and Translation as Play, Genevieve L. Asenjo (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Genevieve L. Asenjo (Philippines)

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Enter, Jana Beňová (Slovakia)

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Writing Sample, Jana Beňová (Slovakia)

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Pasando Revista, Luis Bravo (Uruguay)

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Writing Sample, Luis Bravo (Uruguay)

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In and Out of the Border: The Language and Identity of Hong Kong Literature, Chi Tak Chan (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Chi Tak Chan (陳智德) (Hong Kong)

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Wall or World, Myoung Sook Choi (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Myoung Sook Choi (최명숙) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Matías Correa (Chile)

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When Sweet Equality Tastes Bitter, Alina Dadaeva (Uzbekistan)