From Away

From Away is an annual festival of new work celebrating the voices of international writers. Each year, From Away brings talented writers from around the world to Portland, where excerpts from their work are performed in translation by Portland Stage’s Affiliate Artists. The readings are followed by an open forum discussion among the writers, the participating artists, and the audience. From Away will take place at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue in Portland, and is open to the public on a “Pay-What-You-Can” basis.

From Away Oct. 30, 2017 | 7pm Reading

The 2017 From Away lineup:

  • Hajar Bali (playwright, fiction writer, poet; Algeria)
  • Santiago Giralt (playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, fiction writer; Argentina)
  • Subraj Singh (playwright, fiction writer, journalist, critic; Guyana)
  • Xavier Villanova (playwright, screenwriter, actor, translator; Mexico)

International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa
From Away is produced in collaboration with the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa, a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP brings established writers from around the globe to the University of Iowa, where they become part of a lively literary community on campus. Over the years, well over a thousand poets, writers, and dramatists from more than 130 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Rochelle Potkar from the 2015 From Away Festival

Many of the writers who have taken part in From Away have pushed for social change in their countries through the power of metaphor and the written word, and give Portland audiences a first-hand, behind-the-headlines perspective on artistic and political issues from around the globe. From Away takes place near the culmination of the writers’ three-month residency in the International Writing Program, and has become a favorite event of many writers.