International Writing Program Sunday Reading Series

September 25, 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 Pavla Horáková and Carey Baraka—as well as University of Iowa MFA Candidate in Fiction David DeGusta—read from their work.

Pavla Horáková (novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, translator; Czech Republic) is the author of five novels, including a children’s trilogy, and two non-fiction titles. Her widely translated Teorie podivnosti  [A Theory of Strangeness] won the 2019 Magnesia Litera Award for best work of  Czech fiction; Srdce Evropy  [The Heart of Europe] was in a national critics’ poll voted among the best books of 2021. A recipient of two awards for her literary translations, she also has a long career in radio journalism. Her participation is possible thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Carey Baraka (nonfiction; fiction; editor; Kenya) has had his nonfiction published in Foreign Policy, The Guardian Longreads, Johannesburg Review of Books, Serious Eats, Guernica and elsewhere; his fiction has appeared, among other places, in Slice Magazine, The Common, and Gay Magazine. His work has received support from The Pulitzer Centre for Global Reporting and the Silvers Foundation; he is at work on his first novel.  A grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State has made possible his participation.

David DeGusta is a second-year MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has been published in Boulevard and Catapult, among other places, and will be included in the forthcoming Best New Writers 2022 anthology from the Masters Review. He also translates from Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.

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.