WE THE INTERWOVEN: VOLUME 2
We the Interwoven is the first collection of stories by immigrants and bicultural citizens living in the American Midwest. At a time when the United States is wrestling with great division around issues of immigration and migration, this book comes out of the heartland, where the lines are blurred, where the leading political votes are cast while undocumented farm workers live next door, where Christian values come face to face with Good Samaritan needs, and where the conservative American work ethic and the immigrant American dream have more in common than most realize. Volume 1 was a candidate for the One Community, One Book selection by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.
VOLUME 2 released this June featuring seven new voices: Antonia Rivera, Dawson Davenport, Ajla Dizdarević, Hieu Pham, Sarah Elgatian, Rana Hewezi, and Anthony Mielke.
These seven stories explore the theme of living between two worlds and take us on a ride through the heart and the moral conscience as they explore how we find identity and make a future in an America that is still deciding its own.
WE THE INTERWOVEN:
AN ANTHOLOGY OF BICULTURAL IOWA
The first story collection featuring original stories from immigrant and first-generation Iowans. Our contributors were fellows of the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship: Sadagat Aliyeva, an immigrant from Azerbaijan; Chuy Renteria, whose family emigrated from a border town in Mexico; and Melissa Palma, a second-generation immigrant from the Philippines.
THE 2019 BICULTURAL IOWA WRITING FELLOWS
Dawson Davenport is from the Meskwaki Settlement, located in central Iowa, and a member of the Meskwaki Nation. He is the first Native American to be nominated as a Bicultural Iowa Writing Fellow.
Ajla Dizdarević is a Bosnian-American who grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and is currently a student at the University of Iowa. Her writing concerns itself with the Balkan experience and postwar diaspora life.
Antonia Rivera was born in Distrito Federal, Mexico, and today lives in Urbandale, Iowa. She holds a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing her experiences through the fellowship.