July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

IWP Youth Program presents visiting instructors Asli Perker, Dora Malech, Armen of Armenia, and Yuriy Serebryansky, who will read from their work.  

Asli Perker is one of the most prominent writers of Turkey. She's written six novels, some of which have been translated into as many as 24 languages. Perker contributes to art magazines and has a weekly book review column. She is one of four members of the peace committee of PEN and currently lives in Istanbul.

Dora Malech grew up in Maryland and earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  She is the author of Shore Ordered Ocean, Say So, and Stet, and her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine,  and Poetry London.  She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Armen of Armenia (Armen Ohanyan) is the author of the story collection The Return of Kikos , and the novel Mommyland: The Flag. His writing is significantly influenced by his political activism. He is the President of PEN Armenia Center since 2017. In 2015 he has participated at IWP Fall Residency.

Yuriy Serebryansky, a fiction writer and  journalist from Kazakhstan, is the editor of the Polish diaspora magazine Ałmatyński Kurier Polonijny, and the author of five volumes of prose and poetry. His novel Destination Road Pastoral won the Russkaya Premia for best short prose in 2010; the novel Citizens of Prague won the same award in 2014. His Kazakhstani Fairy Tales won an award at the 2017 Silk Roads Book Fair. A member of Kazakh Pen Center, he has served as editor-in-chief of Esquire Kazakhstan.