From Away

From Away is an annual festival of new work celebrating the voices of international writers. Each fall, 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 and local actors. The readings are followed by an open forum discussion among the writers, audience, and participating artists.

International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa

From Away is produced in collaboration with the 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.

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.


International Writers for Oct 21, 2019

Gabriela ROMÁN FUENTES (Mexico) is a playwright, stage director, and actress, whose plays have been staged throughout Mexico. In 2019, Román won the Manuel Herrera National Drama Prize and was a finalist for the National Young Drama Prize for her play Iridescentes; Cósmica was a finalist for the 2015 ASSITEJ-Spain Theatre for Young Audiences International Prize. Her work has been translated into English and Portuguese, and is widely anthologized and published in Central America.


Samuel MENGHESTEAB ሳሙኤል መንግስትኣብ (Eritrea) is passionate about creating a culture around Tigrigna language literature, cofounding and editing several Tigrigna magazines and newspapers including Tsedal, an arts, culture, and social issues journal. Zeughe is also a writer and assistant director of the popular Eritrean TV series MerAakha YerAyeni.


CHAN Ping Chiu (Hong Kong) is a veteran theatre director and currently artistic director of the On and On Theatre Workshop. With a long history founding and developing educational and experimental theatre, he received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Best Artist in 2013.