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An international writing podcast hosted by the staff of the International Writing Program. Join us once every two weeks for in-depth conversations with brilliant, talented writers from all over the world.

Say the World The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa

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An international writing podcast hosted by the staff of the International Writing Program. Join us once every two weeks for in-depth conversations with brilliant, talented writers from all over the world.

    Intimate Narration and Publishing the Former Yugoslavia

    Intimate Narration and Publishing the Former Yugoslavia

    You can read this episode’s transcript at https://iwp.uiowa.edu/page/say-the-world-podcast-transcript-episode-3-senka-mari%C4%87.
    For more information about our Between the Lines summer camp, go to bit.ly/btl24. Today’s guest is Senka Marić. We discussed how choices a writer makes in the narration of a text can affect the experience of the reader, negotiating with the desires of readers and publishers without compromising one's writing, and Marić's work on the literary publication strane.ba, as well as her beginnings as a reader and writer, among other topics.
    Bio: Senka Marić (poet, novelist, essayist, editor; Bosnia-Herzegovina) is the author of three books of poetry, most recently UNTIL THE NEXT DEATH (2016) and the novels BODY KINTSUGI (2018) and GRAVITIES (2021), translated into English and several other languages. The former received the 2018 Meša Selimović Award for best novel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro, the English PEN Translates Award 2022, and was shortlisted for the 2023 EBRD Literature Prize; GRAVITIES won the 2022 Štefica Cvek Award for feminist writing. Marić often participates in European literary events, teaches writing workshops, and is the editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine Strane.ba. Her participation was made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.
     
    Read Senka Marić’s English writing sample: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/Maric_sample_formatted_2.pdf 
    Read Senka Marić’s writing sample in the original language: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/Maric_sample_original.pdf
     
    Say the World: An International Writing Podcast is made by the International Writing Program. The hosts are IWP Director Christopher Merrill, most recently the author of ON THE ROAD TO LVIV (Arrowsmith Press, 2023) and IWP Communications Coordinator Mike Meginnis, most recently the author of DROWNING PRACTICE (Ecco, 2022). Additional research, transcription, and other support provided by Research Assistant Derick Edgren Otero.
    IWP programming is primarily funded by the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by organizations like the Doris Duke Foundation, as well as donors like you. If you’d like to donate to IWP, go to bit.ly/iwp-support.
    Learn more about IWP at iwp.uiowa.edu.

    • 42 min
    Writing Dreams, Mentorship, and the Role of the Critic

    Writing Dreams, Mentorship, and the Role of the Critic

    You can read this episode’s transcript at https://iwp.uiowa.edu/page/say-the-world-podcast-transcript-episode-two-with-mansoura-ez-eldin.
    For more information about our Between the Lines summer camp, go to bit.ly/btl24. 
    Today’s guest is Mansoura Ez-Eldin. We discussed writing about dreams and other unreal things, Ez-Eldin’s career and the impact of moving from a very small town to Cairo at a young age, mentorship among writers, the role of public criticism, and the state of Arabic literature in translation, among other topics.
    Bio: 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. 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 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.
    Read Mansoura Ez-Eldin’s English writing sample: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/EZ%20ELDIN_sample_final_formatted.pdf.
    Read Mansoura Ez-Eldin’s writing sample in the original language: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/Mansoura%20Ez-Eldin%20sample%20original.pdf.
    Say the World: An International Writing Podcast is made by the International Writing Program. The hosts are IWP Director Christopher Merrill, most recently the author of ON THE ROAD TO LVIV (Arrowsmith Press, 2023) and IWP Communications Coordinator Mike Meginnis, most recently the author of DROWNING PRACTICE (Ecco, 2022). Additional research, transcription, and other support provided by Research Assistant Derick Edgren Otero.
    IWP programming is primarily funded by the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by organizations like the Doris Duke Foundation, as well as donors like you. If you’d like to donate to IWP, go to bit.ly/iwp-support.
    Learn more about IWP at iwp.uiowa.edu.

    • 52 min
    Translating Ourselves and Each Other

    Translating Ourselves and Each Other

    You can read this episode's transcript at iwp.uiowa.edu/page/say-the-world-transcript-episode-1-translating-ourselves-and-each-other.
    Today’s guest is Japanese poet and 2023 Fall Residency writer Yasuhiro Yotsumoto. We discussed Yotsumoto's time in the U.S., his retreat from and return to writing poetry, his relationship to translation, the loneliness of life in contemporary Japan and more generally, several of his favorite writers, his time at IWP, and his thoughts regarding this period of his career. Yotsumoto reads three of his poems; English translations are provided for two of them.
     
    Bio: Yasuhiro Yotsumoto (poet, translator, essayist, editor; Japan) is the author of more than 15 poetry collections, including STARBOARD OF MY WIFE (translated into English by Takako Lento) and several volumes of poetry translations and anthologies, including DANTE MEETING LI PO. His poetry has garnered him an Ayukawa Nobuo and a Hagiwara Sakutaro award, among others. After 30+ years in the U.S. and Germany, Yasuhiro recently moved his home base to Tokyo, where he teaches poetry, organizes poetry events, and contributes poetry criticism. His participation is courtesy the Bureau of Cultural and educational Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
     
    Read Yasuhiro Yotsumoto’s English writing sample: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/Yotsumoto_%20Sample_English%20Final.pdf.
    Read Yasuhiro Yotsumoto’s writing sample in the original language: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/sites/iwp/files/Yotsumoto_Sample_Japanese.pdf.
    Say the World: an International Writing Podcast is a production of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. The hosts are IWP Director Christopher Merrill, most recently the author of ON THE ROAD TO LVIV (Arrowsmith Press, 2023) and IWP Communications Coordinator Mike Meginnis, most recently the author of DROWNING PRACTICE (Ecco, 2022). Additional research, transcription, and other support provided by Research Assistant Derick Edgren Otero.
    IWP programming is primarily funded by the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by organizations like the Doris Duke Foundation, as well as donors like you. If you’d like to donate to IWP, go to bit.ly/iwp-support.
     
    Learn more about IWP at iwp.uiowa.edu.

    • 56 min
    Introducing Say the World: An International Writing Podcast

    Introducing Say the World: An International Writing Podcast

    You can read this episode's transcript at https://iwp.uiowa.edu/page/podcast-transcript-episode-zero-introducing-say-the-world-an-international-writing-podcast.
    Say the World: an International Writing Podcast is made by the International Writing Program. The hosts are IWP Director Christopher Merrill, most recently the author of ON THE ROAD TO LVIV (Arrowsmith Press, 2023) and IWP Communications Coordinator Mike Meginnis, most recently the author of DROWNING PRACTICE (Ecco, 2022). Additional research, transcription, and other support provided by Research Assistant Derick Edgren Otero.
    IWP programming is primarily funded by the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by organizations like the Doris Duke Foundation, as well as donors like you. If you’d like to donate to the IWP, go to donate.givetoiowa.org.
    Learn more about the IWP at iwp.uiowa.edu.
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    • 14 min

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