International Writing Program Sunday Reading Series

September 11, 2022 - 4:00pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore

Join us for the International Writing Program at Prairie Lights Sunday Reading Series to hear Safinah Danish ElahiGhayath Almadhoun, and Trevor Kildiszew-Sikorski read from their work. 

Safinah Danish Elahi (fiction writer, poet; Pakistan) is lawyer by training. She is the author of the poetry collection The Unbridled Romance of Love and Pain (2019) and two novels, most recently Eye on the Prize (2020), which has since been turned into a TV film. She also contributes to Pakistani newspapers and magazines, and is the founder of Reverie Publishers, whose goal it is to guide the country’s emerging Anglophone writers. Her participation was made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Ghayath Almadhoun (poet, filmmaker; Sweden) is a Palestinian poet born in Damascus, immigrated to Sweden in 2008, now living between Berlin and Stockholm. He is the author of four volumes of poetry in Arabic, translated widely. His latest collection is Adrenalin (2017), longlisted for a 2018 Best Translated Book Award; his Évian won the 2020 Zebra Best Poetry Film Award. He participates thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Trevor Kildiszew-Sikorski is currently a second-year poet in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He/They have degrees from Portland State University and Vanguard University in Southern California. Growing up in a small desert town outside Los Angeles, many of Trevor's poems include references to violence, religion, family, and recently, dancing. Trevor is the recipient of a Stanley Award and has worked with others in the International Writing Program to help translate the Venezuelan poet Pamela Rahn Sanchez (go check out her work!). He/they/I am excited to hang with y'all.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the IWP in advance at or (319) 335-0128.