Friday, September 17, 2021

Join International Programs for the fourth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring Colombian novelist, writer, and University of Iowa International Writing Program alumnae (IWP ‘11) Pilar Quintana.  Pilar will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about her experience at the University of Iowa and International Writing Program, her writing projects and awards, thoughts on cultivating a successful writing career, and advice for aspiring writers.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will be held on November 10, 2021, from 6-7 p.m. (CST), and will take place virtually through Zoom.

Pilar Quintana (2011 International Writing Program resident) has published five novels and a short story collection, Caperucita se come al lobo. In 2007 she was selected by Hay Festival and Bogotá World Book Capital as one of the 39 most important Latin American writers under the age of 39. In 2010 she won in Spain the Premio de Novela La Mar de Letras for Coleccionistas de polvos raros. In 2011 she attended the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa as a writer-in-residence, and in 2012 the International Writers Workshop of the Baptist University of Hong Kong as a visiting writer. Her screenplay Lavaperros, written with Antonio García Ángel, has won two grants by Fondo para el Desarrollo Cinematográfico, Proimágenes, and the Premio Manuel Barba of Huelva’s Press Association for best script in 2020. La perra, translated into 16 languages, was shortlisted for the Colombian Premio Nacional de Novela in 2018 and the National Book Award for Translated Literature in the USA in 2020, and it won the Premio de Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana in 2018 and an English PEN Translates Award. Los abismos, her most recent work, won in 2021 the Premio Alfaguara de Novela and will be translated into several languages.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance by email at or call 319-335-3862.