International Writing Program (IWP) Reading at Prairie Lights: Poupeh Missaghi and José Olivarez

Jun 26, 2019

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books,

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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The International Writing Program (IWP) presents prize-winning authors Poupeh Missaghi and José Olivarez, current faculty for the IWP Between the Lines youth writing and cultural exchange session. Join us at Prairie Lights for a reading of their work!
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Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator both into and out of Persian, Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English—creative writing from the University of Denver, an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in translation studies. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her first book, trans(re)lating house one, a hybrid novel, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in February 2020.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere.

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