Opening Fall 2022.

In the fall of 2022, the International Writing Program celebrates its 55th anniversary, having since 1967 brought close to 1,600 writers from more than 150 countries to the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and the region. The exhibition tells the story around these numbers through three parallel narratives: IWP’s role in U.S. cultural diplomacy, Iowa City as a site of literary praxis and networking on a global scale, and the images of Iowa that writers have carried home with them, as represented in their work. 

Several international writers stand side by side, spanning across a small bridge that stretches over a ravine outside the massive John Deere headquarters in Moline, Illinois.

International Writing Program participants during a visit to John Deere headquarters in Moline, IL in 1967. Paul Engle Papers [MsC0514], University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Exhibition Curation

  • Nataša Ďurovičová
    Senior Editor, International Writing Program
    Adjunct faculty, MFA Literary Translation

  • Lisa Gardinier
    Curator of International Literature, University of Iowa Libraries

This exhibition will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the world-renowned International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.