IWP Reading at Prairie Lights Books

Sep 10, 2023

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 2nd Floor

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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An image featuring portraits of three writers and the following text: "Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Hong Kong; Raoul de Jong, the Netherlands; Elise Bickford, MFA Literary Translation.

You are invited to join the International Writing Program (IWP) for our series of Sunday afternoon readings at Prairie Lights. Each reading will begin at 4 p.m., and will feature a mix of IWP Fall Residency writers and University of Iowa MFA students.

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho  何麗明  (poet, scholar, editor, translator; Hong Kong) is the author of a story collection, an academic monograph on neo-Victorian cannibalism and two volumes of poetry; a third volume will appear in 2024. The editor-in-chief of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, the English-language editor at Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, and founding co-editor of Hong Kong Studies, she publishes and lectures widely on Hong Kong literature and culture, and translates contemporary Hong Kong and Chinese poetry. Her own poems have been translated widely. Her participation was made possible by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Raoul de Jong (novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist; the Netherlands) has published five collections of travel stories and four non-fiction novels. Among the latter, Jaguarman (2020) was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature and nominated for several Dutch and Belgian literary prizes; the 2023 long-form essay Boto Banja [The Boat Dance] won de Toneelschrijfprijs for best theater writing, and in 2022 the city of Rotterdam awarded De Jong’s overall work the de Anna Blaman Prize. He is completing his first screenplay and participates in the residency thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Elise Bickford (MFA, Literary Translation) is a poet, essayist and German translator. She received an SB in Philosophy from MIT, an MFA in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. Her work can be found in Guesthouse, Peripheries, and the Columbia Review, and is forthcoming in Chess Life Magazine

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