The Fall 2016 semester is now in full swing, and that means a new season of the Roosevelt MFA reading series. This year the season kicks off with a night of three authors from the University of Iowa’s International Writer’s Program (IWP); Wasi Ahmed of Bangladesh, Zhou Jianing from China, and Vivek Shanbang of India.
Wasi Ahmed has published several collections of stories and four novels, most recently the volume Bok o Banshful and the novel Tolkuthurir Gaan, which won the 2015 Akhtaruzzaman Book of the Year Award. His stories have been anthologized both in original and in English translation. Ahmed translates between English and Bengali, and writes for The Financial Express.
Jianing Zhou has published seven novels and two short story collections, as well as Chinese translations of major English-language writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Joyce Carol Oates. Her most recent novel, In the Woods (title translated) was published in 2014.
Vivek Shanbagh writes fiction and plays, but is an engineer by training. He is the author of two plays, five short-story collections and three novels. His work has appeared in Granta, Seminar, and Indian Literature, and his most recent novel, Ghachar Ghochar, was published in English in 2016. He writes in Kannada, and is the founder of the literary magazine Desha Kaala.
Following readings by each writer, there will be a QA session. Join us Tuesday, September 20th in Room 700 at the Gage building at 5:00pm, light refreshments provided.