International Writing Program Spotlight Reading November 5th

Logo of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa

Join PEN/Faulkner, the Library of Congress, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) for a spotlight reading with four of this year’s IWP residents!

Residents Nael Eltoukhy (Egypt), Harris Khalique (Pakistan), Birgül Oğuz (Turkey) and Margarita Mateo Palmer (Cuba) read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 5th
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Mumford Room
James Madison Building, 6th Floor
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE—Washington, DC



The International Writing Program is one of the most respected international writers’ organizations in the world. Founded by Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh-Engle in 1967, the IWP has hosted over 1,400 writers from 140 countries and counts among its distinguished alumni two Nobel Prize winners (Orhan Pamuk and Mo Yan). IWP residents come to the states to write, of course, but also to engage in the literary culture of Iowa City (a UNESCO-designated City of Literature), to share their work and culture with others, and to learn more about American letters and university life.