International Writing Program Sunday Reading Series

September 18, 2022 - 4:00pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore

Join us for the International Writing Program at Prairie Lights Sunday Reading Series to hear IWP 2022 Fall Residency writers Jamie Marina Lau and Mohamed Kheir—as well as University of Iowa MFA Candidate in Playwriting Olivia Clement—read from their work.

 Jamie Marina Lau (fiction, poetry, performance; Australia) has published Pink Mountain on Locust Island (2018) and Gunk Baby (2021), which garnered her a number of awards; her stories, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Cordite Poetry ReviewVoiceworks and elsewhere. She also works with digital arts and music/sound composition. Her residency is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Mohamed Kheir (fiction writer, poet, journalist, editor, lyricist; Egypt) won the Egyptian Ministry of Culture Award for his first poetry collection, Leil Khargi (2002); both his story collections Afarit Al Radio (2011) and Remsh Al Ein (2016) received The Sawiris Cultural Award. In 2021, the second of his three novels was published as Slipping by Two Lines Press. Alongside his literary work and a career in journalism, Kheir also writes lyrics for young singers from Egypt and Lebanon. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs at the US Department of State.

Olivia Clement is a French-Australian playwright and writer. Her plays include I feel closest to you, Heart & Soul Yoga Studio Beirut, 3-5 Days, and the arrogance of it. She has been shortlisted twice for Australia’s prestigious Griffin Award, is a DVRF Award Finalist, and a Space on Ryder Farm resident. Her writing has been published in Marie Claire, Lenny Letter, Playbill and Sunday Life magazine. She is currently completing her MFA at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. 

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.