DON’T MISS: John Fowles Center Reading w/ Bosnian Writer Ismet Prcic, Monday @7pm

Ismet Prcic as a young man, via BOMB Magazine // Click to image to read the entire BOMB interview with Prcic from 2007.

Bosnian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Ismet Prcic (otherwise referred to ‘Izzy‘) will visit The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing Monday, March 2 at 7pm. This is an event not to be missed, so remember to stay after workshop this week!

Author Bio (via

Ismet Prcic (ISS-met PER-sick) was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1977 and immigrated to America in 1996. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction. He is also a 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellow. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife.

From the 2011 New York Times book review of Shards:

“‘Shards,’ the impressive first novel by Ismet Prcic, finds inventive ways to interrogate the anguish of enduring and then escaping Bosnia during the war of the 1990s.

The novel is constructed of fragments — shards — seemingly written by its main character, Ismet Prcic. Ismet grows up in Tuzla and manages to flee shortly before his induction into the “meat grinder” of the Bosnian infantry. He has survived and made his way to America, but is fractured by what he left behind. The novel comprises mostly segments from his therapist-­ordered memoir (or memoirs) and excerpts from his diary. These shards employ several narrative strategies. There are asterisked footnotes, italicized interruptions and self-reflexive comments about unreliability. There are first-, second- and third-person narrations, sometimes switching back and forth within a paragraph. This is a novel about struggling to find form for a chaotic experience. It pushes against convention, logic, chronology. But its disruptions are necessary. How do you write about war and the complications of memory? How do you write about dislocation, profound loneliness, terror? How does a human persevere?


For more information on Ismet Prcic, refer to his website, check out the entire interview with BOMB Magazine, or head over to his NEA Writer’s Corner.

Join Us for An Interactive Discussion with Acclaimed Author Pico Iyer (2/26/15 @ 3pm)

Chapman University and Orange High School Literacies Partnership invite you to an interactive discussion with acclaimed author Pico Iyer!

*photo credit Marisa Vega

Thursday, February 26 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Panther Productions | 633 West Palm Orange, CA 92866

Pico Iyer, is a British born essayist and author of Indian origin. His works travel the globe to see what happens when cultures converge and combine and exploring the idea of a “global soul”.

Pico will discuss what it is to belong, or to feel like we don’t belong ‘here’. The sense of belonging is part of who we are, it comes from inside of us and is also imposed on us. We hear it from our family and friends, the media, school government; it is how we make sense of the world and our place in it. The idea of belonging is never simple and it isn’t stable either- we may have a sense of our identity at a certain age or space, and then not have those same feelings as we get older or move around. What is important is to recognize that these feelings of belonging or not belonging are equally valid and insightful.

This will be an interactive talk about how to engage in these feelings and ideas and turn them into something powerful and useful. We will also touch on films, novels plays and other forms as we engage in this topic.

We would like to invite you to submit any questions you might want to ask Pico anonymously through the link below. These can be questions about identity, writing technique, culture, travel, pop culture, etc. The discussion will be followed by a short reception where you will have opportunity to meet Pico Iyer and the dean of Wilkinson College. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Click here for campus map – please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to be seated in the studio. The talk will be recorded and everyone must be seated at 3:00.

 Pico Iyer’s Ted Talk on “The Art of Stillness”

DON’T MISS: John Fowles Center Reading with Bosnian Writer Ajla Terzić (Feb. 16 @ 7pm)

Ajla Terzic

Ajla Terzić was born in Travnik, Bosnia, and has received several awards for her short stories and essays in various media including the Hubert H.Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship, and the Central European Initiative Writers in Residence Award. Her works include the collection of poetry Kako teško pišem (How Difficult it Is for Me to Write, 2004) as well as the novels Lutrija (Lottery, 2009) and Mogla je biti prosta priča (It Could Have Been a Simple Story, 2011). 
Follow this link to read more about Ajla Terzić’s 2011 work, It Could Have Been a Simple Story, over at