Fall 2022 International Writing Program (IWP) Panel: Migrants as Readers

A conversation between four IWP 2022 Fall Residency writers on the theme of "Migrants as Readers."

About the authors:

David Anuar (poet, essayist, editor, translator; Mexico) teaches courses in creative writing and academic subjects at Colegio Universitario Angloamericano in Mérida. An award-winning author of five volumes of poetry, most recently Alguien hunde mi cabeza [Someone plunge my head down] (2021) and of two collections, one of stories, one of essays, he also translates Anglo-Caribbean poetry. A grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State funds his residency.

Yahya Ashour (fiction, poetry; Palestinian Territories) has authored a children’s book and, in 2018, a collection of poetry [You Are a Window, They Are Clouds]. His poems and award-winning stories have been anthologized and appeared in newspapers and magazines in Palestinian Territories and internationally. He has taught creative writing and literacy skills to both children and adults at various community organizations in Gaza. He participates through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair at the US Department of State.

Tunay Önder (essayist, curator, performer; Germany) is the co-author of the art book migrantenstadl [migrantown] and co-editor of the anthology Urteile [Verdicts], both 2016. Her transdisciplinary work, which merges literature, curatorial practice, and performance, has recently been supported by a grant from the German Foundation for Performing Arts (Fond Daku). She participates courtesy the Max Kade Foundation.

Ghayath Almadhoun (poet, filmmaker; Sweden) is a Palestinian poet born in Damascus, immigrated to Sweden in 2008, now living between Berlin and Stockholm. He is the author of four volumes of poetry in Arabic, translated widely. His latest collection is Adrenalin (2017), longlisted for a 2018 Best Translated Book Award; his Évian won the 2020 Zebra Best Poetry Film Award. He participates thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

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