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 2011

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[untitled], Yueran Zhang (China)

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Writing Sample, Yueran Zhang (张悦然) (China)

Submissions from 2010

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@ the Intersection, Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt)

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Work in progress, Hinemoana Baker (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Hinemoana Baker (New Zealand)

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The Meaning of Place, or Rather, Being Out of Place, Ismail Bala (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Ismail Bala (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Amilcar Bettega (Brazil)

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Jan Kochanowski: Across the Languages, Beyond the Boundaries, Miłosz Biedrzycki (Poland)

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Writing Sample, Miłosz Biedrzycki (Poland)

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Where I Come From, Ian Rosales Casocot (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Ian Rosales Casocot (Philippines)

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Profession: Deceiver, Alan Cherchesov (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Alan Cherchesov (Russia)

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The Classical Novel, On a Fall Morning In Iowa City, Chandrahas Choudhury (India)

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Writing Sample, Chandrahas Choudhury (India)

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The Secrets of Landscape, Yong Mee Cho (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Yong Mee Cho (조용미) (South Korea)

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Fabrication, Najwan Darwish (Palestinian Territories)

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Writing Sample, Najwan Darwish (Palestinian Territories)

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Fish Out of Water, Laura Fish (United Kingdom; England)

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Writing Sample, Laura Fish (United Kingdom; England)

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Preposterous Story with Benefits, Gonzalo Garces (Chile)

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Writing Sample, Gonzalo Garces (Chile)

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Obscure Chuckles, David Hill (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, David Hill (New Zealand)

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Translating Laskar Pelangi into The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata (Indonesia)

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Writing Sample, Andrea Hirata (Indonesia)

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Writing Sample, Lai Chu Hon (韓麗珠) (Hong Kong)

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Story of a Hand with Six Fingers, Anisul Hoque (Bangladesh)

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Writing Sample, Anisul Hoque (Bangladesh)

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Writing Sample, Renshun Jin (金仁顺) (China)

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The Persistence of Form in Capturing Mrs. Karoki and Putting Her to Bed (Figuratively): Billy Kahora’s Experience of Writing The Applications , a Novel in Progress, Billy Karanja Kahora (Kenya)

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Writing Sample, Billy Karanja Kahora (Kenya)

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Achievements in the Fog: Where it Takes Us When We Cannot See Clear, Anja Kampmann (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Anja Kampmann (Germany)

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Recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Satire, Farhad A.K. Sulliman Khoyratty (Mauritius)

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Writing Sample, Farhad Sulliman Khoyratty (Mauritius)

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Why I Write The Way I Write, Sa-in Kim (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Sa-in Kim (김사인) (South Korea)

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Being Honest, Christopher Kloeble (Germany)

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Writing Sample, Christopher Kloeble (Germany)

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Parallels in Literature, Turusbek Madilbay (Kyrgyzstan)

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Writing Sample, Turusbek Madilbay (Kyrgyzstan)

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Rodeo Clowns versus Belarusian Martyrology, Maryia Martysevich (Belarus)

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Writing Sample, Maryia Martysevich (Belarus)

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Writing Sample, Michael McKimm (United Kingdom; Northern Ireland)

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Some Thoughts on the Whole Works-in-Progress Thing, H. M. Naqvi (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, H. M. Naqvi (Pakistan)

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Why Do I Write the Way I Write, Khin Maung Nyo (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Khin Maung Nyo (Burma; Myanmar)

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Satire as Hacking, Pola Oloixarac (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Pola Oloixarac (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Thiam Chin O (Singapore)

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Words and Surrender, Beverly Perez Rego (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Beverly Perez Rego (Venezuela)

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Lists and Silence, Edgar Calabia Samar (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Edgar Calabia Samar (Philippines)

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In Search of Ivanovka, Albana Shala (Albania; Netherlands)

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Writing Sample, Albana Shala (Albania; Netherlands)

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Alternate Reality, Farangis Siahpoor (Iran)

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Writing Sample, Farangis Siahpoor (Iran)

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Jet-Lagged Ramblings and Damaged Psyches, Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson (Iceland)

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Writing Sample, Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson (Iceland)

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Happiness is a Warm Pen, Ofir Touche Gafla (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Ofir Touche Gafla (Israel)

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In the Daily Chaos of the Horn of Africa, How Could You Not Write?, Chehem Watta (Djibouti)

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Writing Sample, Chehem Watta (Djibouti)

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Writing Sample, Zechen Xu (徐则臣) (China)

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Writing Sample, Feng-Huang Ying (應鳳凰) (Taiwan)

Submissions from 2009

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Writing Sample, Yasser Abdel-Latif (Egypt)

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You Cannot Teach Writing – But You Can Provoke Talent, Yasser Abdel-Latif (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan)

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Writing Sample, Maxim Amelin (Russia)

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Stay and Change, Jan-Willem Anker (Netherlands)

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Writing Sample, Jan-Willem Anker (Netherlands)

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1989 to 2009: Standing on Their Shoulders, Maxine Case (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Maxine Case (South Africa)

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Competing with God to Create Interesting Characters, Osman Pius Conteh (Sierra Leone)

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Writing Sample, Osman Pius Conteh (Sierra Leone)

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Writing Across Languages, Fflur Dafydd (United Kingdom; Wales)

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Writing Sample, Fflur Dafydd (United Kingdom; Wales)

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Sound as a Primary Mode of Desire in Poetry, Miloš Djurdjević (Croatia)

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Writing Sample, Miloš Djurdjević (Croatia)

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Towards Writing as a Folk Art, Kai Cheung Dung (董啓章) (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Kai-cheung Dung (董啓章) (Hong Kong)

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The Literature of Desire, Fei Ge (China)

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Writing Sample, Fei Ge (格非) (China)

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Voicing Desire in Caribbean Literature, Millicent Graham (Jamaica)

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Writing Sample, Millicent Graham (Jamaica)

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Heavy Architecture on Frail Shoulders, Violet Grigoryan (Armenia)

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Writing Sample, Violet Grigoryan (Armenia)

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Portrait of a Filipino Writing From English, Vicente Garcia Groyon (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Vicente Garcia Groyon (Philippines)

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A Flash of the World: Travel in the Chinese Poetic Tradition, Bo Han (China)

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Writing Sample, Bo Han (韩博) (China)

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Do You Look Like Your Name?, Hanaa Hijazi (Saudi Arabia)

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Writing Sample, Hanaa Hijazi (Saudi Arabia)

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The Conserved East, Marius Ivaškevičius (Lithuania)