IWP Panel Discussion Series: "On the Body"

Oct 13, 2023

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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A conversation between three IWP 2023 Fall Residency writers on the theme of "On the Body," followed by Q&A. Free pizza will be provided to those who attend in person.

Join us in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, or watch live online via the ICPL YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/thelibrarychannel

Busisiwe Mahlangu (poet, playwright, fiction writer; South Africa) is the author of Surviving Loss, a 2018 poetry collection also adapted for theater. She was awarded the inaugural South Africa National Poetry Prize, has had work long-listed for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, and is published in Kalahari, Atlanta Review, 20.35 Africa, Best ‘New’ African Poets, and elsewhere. In 2022, she was a fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study. Her participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Kevin Chen (novelist; Taiwan) started his career as a stage and screen actor. He is also the author of 20 novels and short story collections, which have garnered him several literary awards in Taiwan. Ghost Town, in Darryl Sterk’s translation, among Library Journal’s Best Books of World Literature 2022, was long-listed for PEN’s 2023 Translation Prize and will be translated into 11 languages. Chen lives in Berlin, where he long was foreign correspondent for Taiwanese TV. His participation was made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Wesley Macheso (fiction; poetry; editor; Malawi) won the Peer Gynt Literary Award for his children’s book Akuzike and the Gods (2017). Twice shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and long-listed for the 2015 Short Story Day Africa Prize, he is the author of the collection A Masquerade of Spirits (2020); his poems are included in the 2020 anthology Wreaths for a Wayfarer and widely in journals on-line. He is an associate professor at the University of Malawi. His participation was made possible by the U.S. Department of State, courtesy the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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