About Disquiet

The International Literary Program is a project of Dzanc Books, 501(c)(3). The ILP’s mission is to deepen mutual understanding between writers of North American and writers around the world and to broaden the landscape of North American literature and arts outside of the borders of North America.


DISQUIET re-welcomes Guernica!

We're both honored and excited that Guernicaone of the most valuable and relevant new publications of the past ten years, has agreed to collaborate with us again on the second annual Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literature Award, which seeks to award the best work of geographical, boundary-crossing fiction, poetry, or nonfiction publication in Guernica and a free trip to DISQUIET 2012 in Lisbon (where we'll also be hosting one of their editors).

Since its founding, Guernica has made a name for itself by taking art and politics equally seriously and championing intelligent long-form journalism, thoughtful essays, and accomplished poetry and fiction from established and new writers. A magazine whose contributors come from all over and whose essays, poems and stories have been reprinted in Best American Essays and received multiple awards, including the Caine Prize (for E.C. Osondu's story “Waiting”) and Dzanc Book's Best of the Web, Guernica is remarkable for the quality of its attention -- for its commitment to clear, incisive writing and careful thought.

It's a cliché by now that the Internet, with its customizable distractions, makes it easier to ignore the world around us. Guernica is the other side of the story-- a genuinely global online magazine dedicated to keeping our eyes open. We're stoked that Guernica exists and is thriving (and was named by Esquire as an example of the online renaissance in literary publishing). They're the perfect partner for the International Literature Award. 


Speaking of which, deadline is January 31, 2012; details here. Repeat: the winner will be published in Guernica and receive a full scholarship (tuition, airfare, and lodging) to the July 2012 DISQUIET International Literary Program.


DISQUIET 2012: Apply Now!

Applications are now open for DISQUIET 2012.


"This whole experience was almost too good—it's been nearly impossible to readjust to regular life! I particularly loved how we were welcomed into what seemed like privileged circles, how we were engaged by both the academic literary establishment as well as marvelous Portuguese writers."

—Caitlin Myer

We're still working on our new site design, but you don't have to wait any longer! Applications are now being accepted for DISQUIET's 2012 International Literary Program (July 1- July 13 2012), the Dzanc Books/Guernica DISQUIET International Literature Award, and program scholarships from the Luso-American Development Foundation. Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are equally welcome. Application instructions are here.

The deadline for contest and scholarships is January 31, 2012. Please direct any questions or problems with the website to disquietinternational@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your applications!



Update: Promise of Future Updates

We've been busy getting ready for 2012, hammering out the dents on our new website and spreading the good news about a new Summer Literary Seminar in Lisbon. The dates are set-- July 1-13, 2012 – and the new site design is almost ready to go online.

In the meantime, Chad Post has an appreciation of Antonio Lobo Antunes in the most recent issue of The Quarterly Conversation. Check it out here.

If you're feeling nostalgic for 2011, excited about 2012, or just hungry for some pasteis de nata, you can always come to our Facebook group for support. We've also set up new page on Facebook, just in case it turns out to be useful. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

We'll be updating soon with more information about DISQUIET 2012.


Apply Now!

Just over two months to go for the first annual DISQUIET Dzanc Books Intl. Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Sally Ashton, Brian Evenson, Frank Gaspar, and Josip Novakovich. Guest writers include Colson Whitehead, Antonio Lobos Antunes, and a number of the most exciting established and up-and-coming Portuguese writers such as valter hugo mae and Jose Luis Peixoto. APPLY NOW!


Colson Whitehead joins DISQUIET faculty as Guest Writer

Junot Diaz informed us the other day unexpectedly that he will be unable to make it to the 2010 program in Lisbon for personal reasons. We are very sorry to lose him, but we're excited to announce that one of our finest American Writers--a MacArthur Genius Grant Award winner, Whiting Award winner, Young Lions Award winner, PEN/Oakland Award winner; finalist for the Pulitzer, PEN/Hemingway, and PEN/Faulker; whose writing regularly appears in such places as The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Harper's and Granta--not to mention all around really great guy, Colson Whitehead will be joining us as the guest writer in his place.