International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Gala

On the occasion of IWP’s 50th Anniversary, join us for an evening of literature, music, dance, and cuisine from around the world. For five decades, leading literary voices from almost 150 countries have come together each fall in Iowa City to compose new work, argue, collaborate on projects, translate, research, and present their ideas and creations to the public and to each other. Please join us as we commemorate our Golden Jubilee.

6 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner – Dress: Semi-formal.

With readings and addresses by distinguished alumni, including: Ya Hsien (Taiwan, IWP ’67), Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania, IWP ’99), Bi Feiyu (China, IWP ’06) and Lorna Goodison (Jamaica, IWP ’83)

An original multi-lingual performance of a composition by Jean-François Charles with choreography by George De La Peña, inspired by Walt Whitman’s verse.

Dishes from five continents and silent auction.

This event is a fundraiser: an estimated $75 from each individual ticket purchased is a tax-deductible donation.

Purchase tickets here.