IWP Between the Lines Identity & Belonging: José Olivarez and Mansoura Ez-Eldin

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 7:00pm


The University of Iowa IWP Between the Lines Program presents: Identity & Belonging, Three Readings with José Olivarez and Mansoura Ez-Eldin

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, and the author of two collections of poems, including, most recently, Promises of Gold—which was long listed for the 2023 National Book Awards. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. Along with Felicia Rose Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. Alongside Antonio Salazar, he published the hybrid book, Por Siempre in 2023.

Mansoura Ez-Eldin (fiction; nonfiction, editor; Egypt) is an award-winning author of 10 books. Her book “Walks in Shanghai” received the Ibn Battuta Prize for travel literature 2021, her novel “Emerald Mountain” received the award of the best Arabic novel in 2014 from Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The Serbian edition of her novel “Shadow Specters” was shortlisted for the Miloš Đurić Prize for literary translation issued by the Serbian Association of literary translators, and the French edition of her novel “The Orchards of Basra” was shortlisted for Le Prix de la Littérature Arabe 2023. Her short story collection “A haven for the absence” was shortlisted for the prestigious Al- Multaqa Prize for Arabic short story 2018 and Sheikh Zayed Award for literature 2020.



Event address: 
Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Promises of Gold By José Olivarez, David Ruano (Translated by) Cover Image
By José Olivarez, David Ruano (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250878472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 20th, 2024

“How many bad lovers have gotten poems? How many crushes? No disrespect to romantic love—but what about our friends? Those homies who are there all along—cheering for us and reminding us that love is abundant.”

Citizen Illegal By José Olivarez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608469543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

Citizen Illegal is a revealing portrait of life as a first generation immigrant, a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.