IWP Reading at Prairie Lights Books

Oct 15, 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.

Iya Kiva (poet, translator, journalist; Ukraine) is the author of poetry volumes [Farther from Heaven] (2018) and [The First Page of Winter] (2019), as well as of a 2021 book of interviews with Belarusian writers. Her poems have been translated into more than 30 languages and awarded nationally and internationally. She translates Polish and Belarusian poetry and contributes to the PJ Library program in Ukraine as an editor and a translator of children’s books from the English. Her participation is made possible by an anonymous gift to IWP.

Wong Yi Eva (fiction writer, essayist, librettist, editor; Hong Kong) is the author of short stories collections [Ways To Love In A Crowded City], [The Four Seasons of Lam Yip], [Patched Up], and [News Stories], as well as the libretti for Cantonese-language chamber opera [Women Like Us], and multimedia concert [The Happy Family]. She won the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Young Artist (Literary Arts) and was in 2020 among the “20 most anticipated young Sinophone novelists” in the Taiwanese magazine Unitas. She is working on stories exploring Hong Kong’s historical monuments, and on texts for performance with music and other art forms. Her participation was made possible by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Bela Shayevich is a Soviet-American writer, translator and visual artist. She is currently getting her MFA in Nonfiction Writing at the University of Iowa. Her latest book-length translation is journalist Elena Kostyuchenko's I Love Russia. Her writing has appeared in n+1, Jewish Currents, Harper's, and The Nation.

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