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CULTIVATION: WRITING AND WRESTLING IN IOWA CITY

"From April 3-8, 2018, Iowa City, Iowa, hosted representatives from more than 25 countries for the UNESCO Cities of Literature Annual Meeting and 8 teams of wrestlers for the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup. What is it about this small city in the Midwest that can attract two international events in the same week?"

 

Find out in this documentary short created by Think Iowa City. 

IWP AND THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S INTERNATIONAL REACH

Iowa Now features the IWP and its 50th anniversary in a short article. It highlights the journey and meaningful influence of international literature at Iowa, and the world at large. Christopher says in it: "Literature can be a way to introduce different cultures to each other and to find connections. This is cultural diplomacy." Read the article here

WINNER OF 2018 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS (NGIBA)

Immense congratulations to Christopher! His book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood was named the winner of Memoirs (Other) category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. See the full list of winners here

WINNER OF 2018 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD

Christopher's newest book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood has placed First Runner Up in the Memoir Category of the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award. He is extremely humbled for his book to be recognized alongside many other distinguished writers and artists. Learn who they are here.

WINNER OF 2018 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS

Congratulations to Christopher for being awarded silver in the Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/ Family Legacy/ Travel) category for his book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He is one of the 410 total medalists who "represent books from 41 U.S. states plus Guam and District of Columbia; 6 Canadian provinces; and 12 countries overseas." Read the full list of winners here

INTERVIEW WITH ASYMPTOTE JOURNAL

Christopher talks to Claire Jacobson of Asymptote Journal about his origin story, inspirations for both poetry and translation, and the IWP's 50th anniversary. Read their conversation here

HOTEL POETRY

In which Christopher reads three poems on Ramsha Ashraf's YouTube channel. Watch the video!

INTERVIEW WITH BIG TEN NETWORK

Christopher has a conversation with Scott Smith of BTN about the International Writing Program's role in the current state of politics and literature, and nature as a backdrop to his writings. Take a look into that interview here

FEATURE ON IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN

An in-depth profile of Christopher which outlines his life and history, and how it shaped his book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood. Read it here

BOOK REVIEW: SELF-PORTRAIT WITH DOGWOOD

A thoughtful review by Karina Magdalena, author of The Fifth Mrs. Brink. Read it here!