The IWP at Prairie Lights: Swami and Ranzo


September 8, 2013 - 4:00pm


Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.

Contact Name: 

Morse, Kelly L

Contact Phone: 

+1 319 335 0128

 IWP residents Oscar Ranzo (Uganda) and Sridala Swami (India) will be joined by a Iowa Writers Workshop poetry student at this free event.

Oscar Ranzo (fiction writer; Uganda) is the author of the novel Cross–Pollination (2012) and three children’s books. He is the coordinator of the Child Sacrifice Prevention Program, which is based on his book Saving Little Viola, and the founderof the Oasis Book Project, which aims to increase the profile of Ugandan literature.

Sridala Swami (poet, fiction writer, children’s writer; India) is the author of the poetry collection A Reluctant Survivor (2007), and four children’s books. Her creative and critical work has appeared in Wasafiri, The South Asian Review, Her Kind (the VIDA blog), and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, among others. Swami has been a film editor and teacher, curated a radio program “The Poetry Mohalla,” is working on an international collaborative writing project titled Chirality, and on the text/image project ‘V’ is for Valley; she is also preparing a collection of interviews with contemporary Indian poets.  A second poetry volume, Escape Artist, is forthcoming.