The International Writing Program (IWP) has brought close to 1,600 writers from more than 150 countries to the University of Iowa since 1967. In celebration of the program’s 55th anniversary, this exhibition tells the story of IWP’s genesis, its role in cultural diplomacy, Iowa City as a site of literary praxis and global networking, and the images of Iowa that writers have carried home with them through their work. Curators Nataša Ďurovičová and Lisa Gardinier dove into Special Collections & Archives materials, including the Paul Engle Papers, the International Writing Program Records, the Toothpaste/Coffee House Press Records, and more while researching for the exhibition. A Hub, a Network, an Archive also includes items from the University of Iowa Libraries circulating collection, IWP’s Shambaugh House, and friends of IWP in addition to large portraits of writers by local photographer Thomas Langdon.
The following videos supplement topics in the exhibit.
The Medium is the Messenger, feat. Gozo Yoshimasu
Book Wings 2013: China
Community of the Imagination, 1973. Directed by Gerald Krell.