Shambaugh House

Shambaugh House

430 North Clinton Street

The Shambaugh House is the home of the International Writing Program (IWP) on the University of Iowa campus.


Paul Engle Creates the International Writing Program

In 1967, Paul and Hualing Engle founded the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

The notion to start a program for foreign writers came to her one day in 1966, while she and Engle were on an outing at the Coralville Reservoir. As Paul swam, she thought about her troubles integrating into the community of writers that Engle had brought to Iowa City. When he rejoined her for a boat ride on the lake, she mentioned her desire to start a similar program exclusively for established foreign writers. His immediate reaction was: “That’s the craziest idea I’ve ever heard!”

The idea worked and today over 1,500 writers have attented the IWP. In 1976, over three hundred writers nominated the Engles for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alumni, University of Iowa. “Brothers and Sisters of the Pen.” Iowa Alumni Magazine: Brothers and Sisters of the Pen, 1987


Tomaž Šalamun at the Shambaugh House

Home of the International Writing Program, the Shambaugh House hosted Tomaž Šalamun during his time in the residency as well as during his return for the 40th Anniversary of the IWP in 2007.

University of Iowa, The International Writing Program


W.S. Merwin Q & A at the Shambaugh House

W.S. Merwin answers questions from an audience at the International Writing Program. He discusses how politics and the media can intervene in the life of an individual. Merwin also identifies poets that have influenced his work, with a specific focus on Spanish modern poets.

The University of Iowa Libraries, May 2, 2005: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/vwu/id/1828