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The Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship launched in 2018. Inaugural BIWF fellows were Chuy Renteria, Mexican-American from West Liberty; Melissa Palma, Filipino-American from Waterloo; and Sadagat Aliyeva, Azerbaijani-American from Des Moines. Their book, We the Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa, was published in the summer of 2018 and sold out of its first printing in two months. Currently over 60 Public libraries carry We The Interwoven.

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WE THE INTERWOVEN VOLUME 2:

AN ANTHOLOGY OF BICULTURAL IOWA

  • Nominated for consideration as an All Iowa Reads selection

  • Featured on Culture Buzz with John Busbee

  • Sarah Elgatian's essay from the book was published in July in the Yerevan's Armenian National Newspaper

  • Ajla Dizdaravic has begun tutoring Burmese Refugees in her hometown of Waterloo

  • Dawson Davenport will read his story at the Meskawki Powwow

  • Sarah Elgatian was featured alongside editor Andrea Wilson on Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe

  • Anthony Mielke has opened doors with his Puerto Rican family in New York that will inform his family counseling work at Mount Mercy University

  • The Iowa Department of Human Rights division of Latino Affairs has earmarked Antonia Rivera for a future highlight at an event

 

WE THE INTERWOVEN:

AN ANTHOLOGY OF BICULTURAL IOWA

  • Candidate for the "One Community, One Book" program of the UI Center for Human Rights

  • Chosen discussion book for the City High United Latina Association (CHULA)

  • Recommended as a National Standardized Test Excerpt Passage


A PLATFORM FOR THE VOICES OF TOMORROW

SADAGAT ALIYEVA

  • Invited as a presenter for Des Moines Gallery 218

  • Mentored by Claudia McGhee, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

  • Presenter, Des Moines Arts Festival

MELISSA PALMA

  • Selected as an international delegate by the Filipino Embassy of the United States 

  • Invited to represent the Filipino American National Historical Society at their National Conference

  • Selected as a presenter for the Examined Life Conference— the Intersection of Writing & Medicine

  • Selected as a 2018 Notable Honorable by the University of Iowa Honors Program  

CHUY RENTERIA

  • Invited for book Publication Proposal with the University of Iowa Press 

  • Honored by the City High United Latina Association (CHULA)

  • Invited as a presenter for Des Moines Gallery 218

  • Presenter, Mission Creek Literary Walk 2019

 
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