IWP Reading at Prairie Lights Books

Oct 8, 2023

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books, 2nd Floor

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Join us for the International Writing Program's Prairie Lights Reading Series this Sunday to hear readings by two 2023 Fall Residency writers and one University of Iowa MFA student.

Orit Gidali (poet, children’s book author, editor; Israel) is the author, most recently, of the poetry volume [The Towers] (2021); Twenty Girls to Envy Me, a Hebrew-English edition of her collected poems, was longlisted for the 2017 PEN America Literary Award. Her poetry has been widely translated. She also writes children’s books, receiving in 2022 the Dvora Omer Award for [Kind of a Unicorn], and has for two decades co-directed the "Sadnaot Habait" creative writing school. Fulbright Israel sponsors her participation in the residency.

Suo Er (fiction; editor; PRC) is the author of the novel [The Night of the Felling] and the story collection [Noncorrelation]. His works have appeared in China’s top literary magazines and received many awards, the 43rd Hong Kong Youth Literary Award and a 2021 nomination as Most Promising Newcomer of the Year by the Southern Literature Festival among them. He has also engaged in publishing, media, and exhibition work. His writing concerns itself with the dispersion of cultures, and with lives of individuals in a “Southern framework.” He participates thanks to a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou.

The Argentinian writer Sofia Balbuena has a degree in Political Science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, an MA in Literary Creation (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), and a MA in Comparative Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has worked as a bookseller, and a reader for publishing houses in Spain specializing in contemporary Latin American literature. Her book-length essay "Doce pasos hacia mí" was published in 2022 by the Argentina-based Vinilo. She is currently pursuing a MFA in Spanish Creative Writing at UI.

The event, presented by the International Writing Program & the University of Iowa MFA programs, is free.

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