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 2009

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Writing Sample, Marius Ivaškevičius (Lithuania)

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Travel & Literature: From the Discovery of Significance to Wandering Without Significance, Bin Jiang (China)

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The Woman with Too Many Names, Meena Kandasamy (India)

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Writing Sample, Meena Kandasamy (India)

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The Image of the Wall, Youngsook Kang (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Youngsook Kang (강영숙) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Do Eon Kim (김도언) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Soom Kim (김숨) (South Korea)

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Portrait of the Poet as a Foolish Man, Min Htet Maung (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Min Htet Maung (Burma; Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Efrat Mishori (Israel)

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Translation as Creative Writing, Soheil Najm (Iraq)

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Writing Sample, Soheil Najm (Iraq)

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Travel/Trouble, Kyoko Nakajima (Japan)

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Writing Sample, Kyoko Nakajima (中島京子) (Japan)

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Why I Write, Siobhán Ní Shíthigh (Ireland)

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Writing Sample, Siobhán Ní Shíthigh (Ireland)

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What's in My Name?, Hagar Peeters (Netherlands)

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Writing Sample, Hagar Peeters (Netherlands)

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A White Dude that Sparkles: Awkward Desire in the Coming of Age Novel, Alice Pung (Australia)

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Writing Sample, Alice Pung (Australia)

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Workshops as Weapons of Mass Transmission, Mabrouck Rachedi (France)

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Writing Sample, Mabrouck Rachedi (France)

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A Summer Evening in Berlin, July 2009, Dragica Rajcic (Switzerland)

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Writing Sample, Dragica Rajcic (Switzerland)

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Questions of Travel, Mani Rao (Hong Kong; India)

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Writing Sample, Mani Rao (Hong Kong; India)

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My Name Should Be Khan, Azeem Sajjad (Pakistan)

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Writing Sample, Azeem Sajjad (Pakistan)

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The Complex Simplicity of Teaching Fiction Writing, Fedosy Santaella (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Fedosy Santaella (Venezuela)

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Erotic Literature in Uzbekistan, Salomat Vafo (Uzbekistan)

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Writing Sample, Salomat Vafo (Uzbekistan)

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Confessions of An Irritated Man, Andreas Weber (Austria)

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Writing Sample, Andreas Weber (Austria)

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Cane Toads and Underpants: A Pocket Guide for Writing for Boys, Kathy White (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Kathy White (New Zealand)

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A Tool of Struggle: The Challenge and Charm of Writing in Another Language, Lijia Zhang (China)

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Writing Sample, Lijia Zhang (張麗佳) (China)

Submissions from 2008

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The Naked Self in the Mirrors of Translation, Maryam Ala Amjadi (Iran)

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Writing Sample, Maryam Ala Amjadi (Iran)

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Scenes of a fight, Laila Al-Atrash (Jordan)

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Writing Sample, Laila Al-Atrash (Jordan)

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Writing Sample, Haifa Bitar (Syria)

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The Migrant as a Poet, The Poet as a Migrant, Tarek Eltayeb (Austria)

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Writing Sample, Tarek Eltayeb (Austria)

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Why I Write what I write, Brian Falkner (New Zealand)

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Writing Sample, Brian Falkner (New Zealand)

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Negotiating the Labyrinth of Spanish (with instructions in English), Carlos Gamerro (Argentina)

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Writing Sample, Carlos Gamerro (Argentina)

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Between Magic and Compromise, Yael Globerman (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Yael Globerman (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Andrei Grishaev (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Dina Gudym (Kazakhstan)

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The Phantom of Liberty, Leonardo Henríquez (Venezuela)

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Writing Sample, Leonardo Henríquez (Venezuela)

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From the Margin of a Painting to Plural Inner Selves, Xudong Hu (China)

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Writing Sample, Xudong Hu (胡续冬) (China)

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Writing Sample, Igor Karaulov (Russia)

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Writing Sample, Gyeongmee Kim (김경미) (South Korea)

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Writing Sample, Maya Kucherskaya (Russia)

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Social Change: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Kyaw Win (Myanmar)

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Writing Sample, Kyaw Win (Myanmar)

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Why I Write What I Write, Agnes S. L. Lam (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Agnes S. L. Lam (Hong Kong)

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Writing Sample, Jang Wook Lee (이장욱) (South Korea)

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Traveling to the past for the future, Jang-Wook Lee (South Korea)

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Cities of Births and Memories, Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia)

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Writing Sample, Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia)

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“Dancing in Chains”, Kristof Magnusson (Iceland; Germany)

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Writing Sample, Kristof Magnusson (Iceland; Germany)

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Travelling Without Moving, Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Philippines)

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Writing Sample, Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Philippines)

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Still Searching for the Gleam: The Unreal Realities of Joburg City in a Post-Apartheid South African Novel, Niq Mhlongo (South Africa)

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Writing Sample, Niq Mhlongo (South Africa)

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The Pearl, Glaydah Namukasa (Uganda)

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Writing Sample, Glaydah Namukasa (Uganda)

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Writing Sample, Alina Nelega (Romania)

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The Naked Muse: Echoes from a Writer’s Soul, John Nkemngong Nkengasong (Cameroon)

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Writing Sample, John Nkemngong Nkengasong (Cameroon)

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Why I Recite What I Write, Anat Pick (Israel)

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Writing Sample, Anat Pick (Israel)

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“The City”, Ruby Rahman (Bangladesh)

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Writing Sample, Ruby Rahman (Bangladesh)

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The Zone, Veronica Raimo (Italy)

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Writing Sample, Veronica Raimo (Italy)

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The second globalization, Rogelio Saunders (Cuba)

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Writing Sample, Rogelio Saunders (Cuba)

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Ethnic nationalism in the Balkans: New “old” nations and old “new” fallacies, Jianni Skaragas (Greece)

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Writing Sample, Jianni Skaragas (Greece)

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The Shattered Mirror: On the Migrant in Literature and Politics, Madeleine Thien (Canada)

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Writing Sample, Madeleine Thien (Canada)

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Writing Sample, Yorgos Trillidis (Cyprus)

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Yet Another Example of the Non-Porousness of Certain Borders, Yorgos Trillidis (Cyprus)

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I Sing a Discordant Melody; I Tell a Different Story, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (Nigeria)

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Writing Sample, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (Nigeria)

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Migrant second time around, Amina Zaydan (Egypt)

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Writing Sample, Amina Zaydan (Egypt)

Submissions from 2007

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Wings of Migration: Looking for a Rainbow, Hana Andronikova (Czech Republic)

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Writing Sample, Hana Andronikova (Czech Republic)