That was one of the really positive things about Iowa, the fact that the International Writing Program was there. It was great because there were these writers, twenty, twenty-five professional writers from all different countries, writers who had paid their dues, so to speak, and had been working at it a long time. And they gave a seminar every week! A two hour talk about their literature, their literature and their country. It was just all there.
Dove, Rita; Ingersoll, Earl G. Conversations with Rita Dove. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2003.