International Writing Program (IWP) Prairie Lights Reading Series
Sundays this fall: The International Writing Program (IWP) and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from their best work!
Reading Oct. 21:
Lolita Copacabana is an Argentinian writer, editor, and translator, and the author of Buena leche - Diarios de una joven [no tan] formal (2006) and the novel Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (2015). In 2017, she was included in the Hay Festival’s ‘Bogotá 39,’ a list of 39 outstanding new Latin American authors. She co-directs Momofuku, a small publishing house in Argentina, and is a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa (The Iowa Writers Workshop).
IWP 2018 Fall Residents:
Amara Nicole Okolo (fiction writer, non-fiction writer; Nigeria) is the author of the novel Black Sparkle Romance (2014) and the story collection Son of Man (2016). A participant in Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Creative Writing Workshop (2015) and the Invisible Borders TransAfrican Project (2017), she often speaks at book events and festivals. She is also a practicing lawyer.
Rumena Bužarovska (fiction writer, editor, translator; Macedonia) has three books of fiction published and translated into several languages. Her story collection Mojot Maž, which won the Edo Budiša Award for Best Short Story Collection in 2016, will in 2019 appear from Dalkey Press as My Husband. A scholar, she is also an activist on behalf of marginalized populations in Macedonia. In 2016, Literary Europe Live named her one of Ten New Voices from Europe.
Both participate courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.