IWP Panel Discussion Series: "Specter of Professionalization"

Sep 22, 2023

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

English-Philosophy Building, 304, Gerber Lounge

251 West Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242

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A conversation between three IWP 2023 Fall Residency writers on the theme of "Specter of Professionalization," followed by Q&A. Free pizza will be provided.

Join us in Room 304 of the English Philosophy Building, the Gerber Lounge.

Mansoura Ez-Eldin (fiction; nonfiction, editor; Egypt), nominated by Beirut39 among the 39 Best Arab-language Writers Under 40, is an award-winning and widely translated author of 10 books. -خطوات في شنغهاي [Walks in Shanghai: on the Meaning of Distance Between Egypt and China] won the 2021 Ibn Battuta Prize for travel literature; in 2014, the Sharjah International Book Fair nominated her  جبل الزمرد  [Emerald Mountain] as Best Arabic Novel. Her writing has appeared, among other places, in The New York Times, A Public Space, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Granta. She is the managing editor of the cultural weekly Akhbar Al-Adab and, since 2003, its book review editor. A grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State funds her participation.

Ali AlShaali (poet, editor, publisher; United Arab Emirates), an engineer by training, is the author of five poetry collections, a collection of essays, and  the novel [The Live Living], which won the Al-Owais Creative Award and a nomination for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. With long experience in literary management, he currently heads up the Al Hudhud Publishing Group. His participation was made possible by the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai.

Loren Glass is Professor of English at the University of Iowa, specializing in 20th and 21st century literatures and cultures of the United States, with an emphasis on book history and literary institutions. He is the author of Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde, (Stanford 2013), republished in paperback by Seven Stories Press under the title Rebel Publisher: Grove Press and the Revolution of the Word, and the editor of After the Program Era: The Past, Present, and Future of Creative Writing in the University (Iowa 2016). He is currently working on a history of creative writing at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Post45 collective and co-edits their book series.

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