Two Iowa City writers among new virtual residents in Melbourne

Two Iowa City writers were selected for the 2022 Virtual Writing Residency program from the Melbourne City of Literature.

Georgie Fehringer will work with the Emerging Writers’ Festival to connect with fellow emerging writers in Melbourne in peer-led workshops and feedback sessions​. Fehringer is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and an Iowa Arts Fellow (2020-21). Their writing has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Chicago Review of Books, The Cleveland Review of Books, and TIMBER, among others. They live in Iowa City with their (very talkative) cat Mushu. (read Fehringer’s “letter from Iowa City“)

Michael Kaplan will work with the literary journal Kill Your Darlings as an essayist or cultural critic to feature in its dynamic online magazine, workshop and events program. Kaplan is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has work published or forthcoming in Nature Magazine, the Michigan Quarterly Review Mixtape, the Beloit Fiction Journal, and The Florida Review Online, among others. He enjoys long walks in the woods and worrying about the future. (read Kaplan’s “letter from Iowa City“)

The two were among 10 writers selected from Cities of Literature from around the world. The Virtual Writers in Residence program is an initiative connecting global City of Literature writers with 10 Melbourne-based organizations. During November, writers will work with their host organizations to create residency outcomes, meet other writers and connect with Melbourne as a City of Literature.