2023 International Writing Program (IWP) Panel: Must a Migrant Be Grateful?

A conversation between three IWP 2023 Fall Residency writers on the theme of "Must a Migrant Be Grateful?," followed by Q&A.
Brenda Navarro (fiction writer, editor; Spain/Mexico) is the author of the novels Casas Vacías, published in English as Empty Houses (2021), which won Spain’s Tigre Juan Award in 2020, and Ceniza en la boca [Mouth Full of Ash], the recipient of the 2022 Best Book of Fiction awarded by Spanish booksellers and placing on the 2023 Premio Vargas Llosa shortlist. Currently, she is at work on fiction “about language and borders within the US-Mexico space of war.” Her participation is courtesy of the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C. and a gift from the estate of W.B. Quarton.
Guru Tshering Ladakhi (poet; India) is the author of the poetry volume Monk on a Hill (2017). His poems have been published in national and international journals like Chandrabhaga, Sangam, Lyric and La.Lit, to name a few; his work appears in Contemporary English Poetry by Indians, Best Asian Poetry and other anthologies. For the past two decades, he has convened a group of creative writers in his hometown of Gangtok, Sikkim. His participation is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Artur Domosławski (non-fiction, journalist; Poland) has among his titles Gorączka latynoamerykańska [Latin American Fever], Śmierć w Amazonii [Death in the Amazonas], the essay collection Wykluczeni [The Outcasts] and two biographies: Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life, for which he was voted “Journalist of the Year” for 2010, and Wygnaniec. 21 scen z życia Zygmunta Baumana [The Exile. 21 Scenes from the Life of Zygmunt Bauman], the winner of the 2022 “Juliusz” prize for best biography. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, El País, Letras Libres, Etiqueta Negra, Words Without Borders, The Baffler, and elsewhere; his work has been frequently awarded, and widely translated. His participation is courtesy of the Paul Engle Fund.

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