Photo by John Vater

staff biographies


OBARI GOMBA (poet, playwright; Nigeria) teaches in the Department of English Studies at the University of Port Harcourt, and has facilitated writing workshops for the 2014 UNESCO World Book Capital. In 2013 his volume Length of Eyes was long listed for the Nigeria Prize for Literature; the most recent of his three poetry collections, Thunder Protocol, appeared in 2015. He writes on issues of class, justice, and culture. He participates courtesy of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.

JOHN VATER is a research assistant at the IWP and an MFA candidate in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa, with a focus in Hindi.





Nataša Durovicová divides her time between editing, teaching, scholarly work, and translating. She is the editor of IWP's imprint 91st Meridian Books at Autumn Hill Books, and the program's journal 91st Meridian, and the co-editor of World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives (2010).