Visiting Writers: International Writing Program, University of Iowa

by Sampsonia Way    /  October 31, 2009  / No comments

Over the past 42 years, more than 1,000 writers from over 120 countries have attended the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.  For the past three years, IWP and City of Asylum/Pittsburgh have partnered to feature international poets at COA/P’s annual Jazz Poetry concert. This year, three IWP writers performed  in Pittsburgh on September 12, 2009: Milo_ Djurdjevic, Croatia; Meena Kandasamy, India; and Soheil Najm, Iraq. All three have experienced censorship and persecution in their native lands for their poetry. Sampsonia Way invited them to share samples of their work.

A Sparrow Rubbed by a Flute
Soheil Najm

Sleepers
Miloš Djurdjević

Mulligatawny Dreams
Meena Kandasamy

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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