Join us for the Sunday International Writing Program Prairie Lights Reading Series to hear some of this years’ IWP residents read from their work. Playwright Nick Rongjun Yu (drama; People’s Republic of China), artistic director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, the Shanghai International Comedy Festival, and co-director of the Shanghai Performing Arts Group, has had over 60 plays produced in China and abroad. He also works in film, TV, and radio. His writing has won him the Cao Yu Script Award and an Outstanding Social Achievement Award at the Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival. His participation is courtesy of the Paul and Hualing Engle Foundation. Chigama Easther Batsirai (poetry, fiction; Zimbabwe) has been a teacher of performance and creative writing workshops for over two decades. Her first poetry collection, Gather the Children, won the 2019 Outstanding First Creative Published Work from the National Arts Merits Awards in Zimbabwe. She participates courtesy of the State Department. Julia Conrad is a writer and violin player from Brooklyn, New York. She is a dual MFA candidate in Nonfiction and in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Wesleyan University, and her work has been published in The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Nexos, and the forthcoming Haymarket Books anthology Choice Words: Writers on Abortion.