PNCA Hosts University of Iowa International Writing Program

September 28, 2009

This year for the first time PNCA will be hosting five writers through the International Writing Program, which since its founding in 1967 at the University of Iowa, has brought together more than 1,000 rising and established literary stars from 120 countries to develop a community of writing to enhance international understanding.

The writers’ week at PNCA is organized by PNCA faculty member and writer-in-residence Barry Sanders and includes both immersion in the campus curriculum along with collaborative public programming. The experience provides writers from around the world with a sense of American innovation and openness, and exposes U.S. readers, writers, and artists to international perspectives on the art and process of writing.

Participating writers include: Fflur Dafydd, a novelist, literary critic and musician from Wales; Soheil Najm, a poet from Iraq; Osman Conteh, a novelist from Sierra Leone; Fedosy Santaella, a fiction writer from Venezuela; and Lijia Zhang, a nonfiction writer from China.

Don’t miss the first event, hosted by PNCA:

Reading + Reception | 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Download the “International Writing Program at PNCA schedule (PDF)”: for a full list of events and visiting writers’ bios.