BLUE MET FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT
The Iowa Writers' House is honored to announce that on May 5th at 12:30pm, We The Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa will be featured at the Blue Met Festival at Hotel 10 in Montréal, Canada.
We The Interwoven is the first collection of stories of immigrants and bicultural citizens living in the American Midwest. At a time when the United States is wrestling with great division around issues of immigration and migration, this book comes out of the heartland, where the lines are blurred, where the leading political votes are cast while undocumented farm workers live next door, where Christian values come face to face with Good Samaritan needs, and where the conservative American work ethic and the immigrant’s American dream have more in common than most realize. Nominated by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights as a ‘One Community, One Book’ selection, this fascinating collection features debut authors Chuy Renteria (Mexican- American), Sadagat Aliyeva (Azeri-American), and Melissa Palma (Filipino-American) and an America shown to us through new eyes.
This event is free to the public, and will involve a selection of wines sponsored by the IWH.
To read more about We The Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa, click here.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
GALLERY OF MOMENTS AT THE HOUSE
WE THE INTERWOVEN:
AN ANTHOLOGY OF BICULTURAL IOWA
The first ever story collection featuring original stories from immigrant and first-generation Iowans. Our contributors were residents through the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship: Sadagat Aliyeva, an immigrant from Azerbaijan; Chuy Renteria, whose family lived in a border town of Mexico; and Melissa Palma, a second-generation immigrant from the Philippines.
THE 2019 BICULTURAL IOWA WRITING FELLOWS
Dawson Davenport is from the Meskwaki Settlement, located in central Iowa, and a member of the Meskwaki Nation. He is the first Native American to be nominated as a Bicultural Iowa Writing Fellow.
Ajla Dizdarević is a Bosnian-American who grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa. Her writing concerns itself with the Balkan experience and post-war diaspora life.
Antonia Rivera was born in Mexico, Distrito Federal and today lives in Urbandale, Iowa. She holds a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing her experiences through the fellowship.