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 2012

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Writing Sample, Alina Dadaeva (Uzbekistan)

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Writing Sample, TJ Dema (Botswana)

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Writing Sample, Federico Falco (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Lucy Fricke (Germany)

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Writing In a Country at War, Alisa Ganieva (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Alisa Ganieva (Russia)

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Space and Creativity, Yisoo Hae (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Yisoo Hae (해이수) (South Korea)

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Out of Eden: diaspora as a constant human condition, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman (New Zealand)

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The Catcher in the Sky: About Landscapes and Airplanes, Andrei Khadanovich (Belarus)

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Writing Sample, Andrei Khadanovich (Belarus)

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Writing Sample, Nay Phone Latt (Burma; Myanmar)

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Some facts about migrant workers in Taiwan, Chun Ying Lin (Taiwan)

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Writing Sample, Chun Ying Lin (林俊穎) (Taiwan)

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Translation as an exercise in otherness, Rodrigo Garcia Lopes (Brazil)

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Writing Sample, Rodrigo Garcia Lopes (Brazil)

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Writing Sample, Dimitris Lyacos (Greece)

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Writing Sample, Christopher Mlalazi (Zimbabwe)

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Gender and Creativity in Iraq, Gulala Nouri (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Gulala Nouri (Iraq)

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Gender and Poetry: The Role of Women Poets in Myanmar/Burma, Pandora (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Pandora (Burma; Myanmar)

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Of White Doves with Dirty Work, Barlen Pyamootoo (Mauritius)

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Writing Sample, Barlen Pyamootoo (Mauritius)

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My work in progress "Biography of the Death of Simon Bolivar”, Milagros Socorro (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Milagros Socorro (Venezuela)

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Writing in a Country at War, Bilal Tanweer (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Bilal Tanweer (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Abdullah Thabit (Saudi Arabia)

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Nobody Likes War, but…, Yaghoub Yadali (Iran)

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Writing Sample, Yaghoub Yadali (Iran)

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On “Spectral Gender”, Stephanie Ye (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Stephanie Ye (Singapore)

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Gender in Afghanistan, Mohib Zegham (Afghanistan)

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War, the Literati and Responsibility, Mohib Zegham (Afghanistan)

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Writing Sample, Mohib Zegham (Afghanistan)

Submissions from 2011

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Translation in Nepal, Ajit Baral (Nepal)

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Writing Sample, Ajit Baral (Nepal)

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[untitled], Kevin Bloom (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Kevin Bloom (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Maria Sonia Cristoff (Argentina)

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Slight Shifts, María Sonia Cristoff (Argentina)

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In the Beginning… and Later, Naseer Hassan (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Naseer Flaiih Hassan (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Lynley Hood (New Zealand)

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Writing my Fragmented Self, Writing its Memory (ies), Iman Humaydan (Lebanon)

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Writing Sample, Iman Humaydan (Lebanon)

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What Confucius Might Say in a Free Society, Jamyang Norbu (Tibet)

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Writing Sample, Jamyang Norbu (Tibet)

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Writing Sample, Ilya Kaminsky (United States)

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[untitled], Fabienne Kanor (France)

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Writing Sample, Fabienne Kanor (France)

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Why I Write What I Write, and How I Write It, Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada)

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Writing Sample, Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada)

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Writer Rules: What I Go By, Usha K. R. (India)

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Writing Sample, Usha K. R. (India)

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Writing Sample, Hye-Kyung Lee (이혜경) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Dory Manor (Israel)

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9/11: Ten Years Later, Kgebetli Moele (South Africa)

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[untitled], Kgebetli Moele (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Kgebetli Moele (South Africa)

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Dog’s Freedom, Milena Oda (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Milena Oda Onetti (Germany)

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Season of Chrysanthemum, Chan Soon Park (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Chan Soon Park (박찬순) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Tommi Parkko (Finland)

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At the Crossroads of Displacement, Alexandra Petrova (Russia; Italy)

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Writing Sample, Alexandra Petrova (Russia; Italy)

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The Misery and More, Hon Nhien Phan (Vietnam)

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Writing Sample, Hon Nhien Phan (Vietnam)

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Egwu-onwa: A Convergence of Delightful, Mind-blowing Literary Forms, Ogochukwu Promise (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Ogochukwu Promise (Nigeria)

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From Borders to Tweezers: Reflections on 9/11 a Decade Later, Pilar Quintana (Colombia)

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Writing Sample, Pilar Quintana (Colombia)

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[untitled], Nell Regan (Ireland)

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Writing Sample, Nell Regan (Ireland)

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Beauty is the Only Genre I Believe In, Eugenia Rico (Spain)

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Writing Sample, Eugenia Rico (Spain)

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Writing Sample, Josephine Rowe (Australia)

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Writing Sample, Moshe Sakal (Israel)

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The Youngest Casualties, Bina Shah (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Bina Shah (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Hind Shoufani (Jordan)

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Freedom's Limit? Core Values in a Changing World, Zoë Strachan (United Kingdom; Scotland)

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Writing Sample, Zoë Strachan (United Kingdom; Scotland)

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Freedom is an Act of Faith, Francisco Suniaga (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Francisco Suniaga (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Wei-chen Su (蘇偉貞) (Taiwan)

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Don’t Let the Bastards, Jeremy Tiang (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Jeremy Tiang (Singapore)

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Writing Sample, Joel Toledo (Philippines)

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A Case for the Possible, Joel M. Toledo (Philippines)

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Writing Between Languages, Dorothy Tse (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Dorothy Tse (謝曉虹) (Hong Kong)

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The Day I Killed the Muse, Marvin Victor (Haiti)

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Writing Sample, Marvin Victor (Haiti)

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Writing Sample, Louise Welsh (United Kingdom; Scotland)

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Why I Write, What I Write, and How I Write, Cho Tu Zaw (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Cho Tu Zaw (Burma; Myanmar)