International Writing Program: Shambaugh House Reading

Oct 13, 2023

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Shambaugh House,

430 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Join us in person at the Shambaugh House (430 N. Clinton St, Iowa City) or online via Facebook or Zoom (bit.ly/shse_live23for a reading by one IWP 2023 Fall Residency writer and one special guest author. For those who are present in person, light refreshments will be provided.

Noelle Q. de Jesus (fiction, editor, translator; Singapore) is the author of the collections Cursed and Other Stories (2019) and Blood Collected Stories (2015), which won a 2016 Next Gen Indie Book Award and was translated into French, as well as of other fiction. She has edited anthologies of flash- and micro-fiction, translated from the Tagalog, and participated in literary festivals in the Philippines, Singapore, and the U.S. Her work has appeared in Witness, Puerto del Sol, Fiction Attic Press and The Art and Craft of Asian Stories, among other places. Her participation is funded by the National Arts Council Singapore.

Dr. Zainub Priya Dala is a South African writer of Indian descent. Her debut novel, What about Meera (2016, Penguin Random House), won the Minara Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, The Architecture of Loss (2018, Pegaus Books NY and Speaking Tiger Books Delhi), was a runner-up for the Clara Johnson Women's Fiction Prize (Chicago). What Gandhi Didn't See: Being Indian in South Africa (2021, Speaking Tiger Books Delhi) is a memoir that focuses on her heritage of indenture and experience of growing up during the apartheid era in South Africa. She founded and is a contributor to the Ghazal Collective that writes a ghazal chain in honor of Africa's Poet Laureate Professor Mazisi Kunene. She has worked closely with both PEN India and PEN America to secure the safety and freedom of speech of journalists from Kashmir during the abrogation of Article 370 in India. She has written articles and opinion pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, the Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, the Daily Maverick, and The Delhi Times. She practices and researches as a specialist therapist in chronic pain management in Durban, South Africa, where she resides, still in the same sugarcane farm village of her indentured ancestors.

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