Writers Omi at Ledig House
Fall Residents – 2014
Mfoniso Udofia (US, Playwriting), September 12-25
Mfoniso is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator. Some of her plays include, The Grove, Sojourners and runboyrun. Her work has been developed/presented by Sundance Theatre Lab, Playwrights Realm, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA Collective, Page 73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle's INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama.
Gioia Guerzoni (Italy, Translation), September 12-October 2
Gioia lives in Milan and has been happily translating fiction - lately Teju Cole, Siri Hustvedt, Iris Murdoch, Saki - from English into Italian, for the past twenty years. Every winter she travels around Asia for a few months, translating, scouting for new writers, organizing workshops on translation or publishing, and occasionally writing articles for magazines.
Anna Ballbona (Catalonia, Poetry/Nonfiction), September 12-October 3
Anna is a Catalan poet, journalist and literary critic. She published two books of poems, Conill de gàbia (Cage rabbit) and La mare que et renyava era un robot (The mother who scolded me was a robot). She works as a journalist for El Punt Avui, a national newspaper in Barcelona, and collaborates with other magazines. She takes part in many recitations and poetry festivals.
Nuno Camarneiro (Portugal, Fiction), September 12-October 3
Nuno graduated in 2003 in with a degree in Physics Engineering from the University of Coimbra, and he worked for a year at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2011 he published his first novel No Meu Peito Não Cabem Pássaros (No Room for Birds in My Chest) and in 2013 his second novel Debaixo de Algum Céu (Under a Certain Sky) won the Leya Prize. He was the first Portuguese author to be chosen to participate in the Festival du Prémier Romain de Chambéry, in France; his work has been published in many domestic and foreign magazines, including the Nouvelle Revue Française.
V Sanjay Kumar (India, Fiction), September 12-October 9
Sanjay is an art dealer and former entrepreneur. His first work of fiction Artist, Undone was published in 2012 and had an outsider stumbling into the art world in Mumbai. In his second book, Virgin Gingelly, a bunch of misfits deal with what life throws up in a street in Chennai, where he stays. Both books were published by Hachette.
Verónica Gerber Bicecci, (Mexico, Fiction), September 12-October 9
Verónica is a visual artist who writes. She makes pieces that are texts and texts that are pieces. Her projects explore the infinitesimal trails of things that can't be heard nor seen. Her book Mudanza (Moving Out) narrates the transformation of five writers into visual artists. veronicagerberbicecci.net
Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico, Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry), September 12-October 9
Daniel is a poet, essayist and novelist. He is the author of the poetry collection La máquina autobiográfica (The Autobiographical Machine) and the novel En medio de extrañas víctimas (Amidst Strange Victims), published by Sexto Piso in Latin America and Spain. He has received grants from the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) and the Foundation for Mexican Letters (FLM). During the summer of 2012, he was writer in residence at the Union des Écrivaines et des Écrivans Quévécois, in Montreal. He lives and works in Mexico City.
Luisa Geisler (Brazil, Fiction), September 13-October 5
In 2012 Luisa was selected by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists. She wrote Contos de Mentira, a collection of short stories, and Quiçá, a novel. Luisa was a Jabuti Award finalist and won the SESC Literature Award twice. Quiçá was shortlisted for the São Paulo Literature Award and the Machado de Assis Award. The novel will be published in Spain. Luisa was part of Serpentine Gallery’s Bridge Commission in 2014, and is an active participant of the 89plus project, under the curatorship of Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. She has stories published in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Japan.
Christine Buckley (US/France, Nonfiction/Translation), September 19-October 9
Christine is a New Yorker based in Paris after several years living in Vietnam. She holds a BA from Boston College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Antioch University. Her work has appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing, The New York Times, LA Weekly and on National Public Radio. She is currently completing a memoir with the working title People from an Outside Country. Excerpts from her book-length translation of Valentine Goby’s Petit éloge des grandes villes (Small Praise for Big Cities) recently appeared in Asymptote.
Nataša Dragnić (Croatia/Germany, Fiction), September 26-October 23
Nataša was born in Split, Croatia. In 1995, she finished her language and literature studies (German, English, and French) and then attended the Croatian School of Diplomacy. Since 1994 she has lived in Erlangen, Germany, where she gives language lessons at the university. Translation rights of her first novel, Every Day, Every Hour, have been sold to 28 countries.
Joan Michelson (UK, Poetry/Fiction), October 3-23
Joan's publications include Toward the Heliopause, as well as poems, fiction and essays in British Council anthologies, New Writing, vols 3, 4, and 14. Her work "Daxon Fraser" won first prize in 2014 Torriano International Poetry Competition, and "Muslim Girl" won the 2012 Hamish Canham Prize awarded by the Poetry Society of England. Originally from New England, Joan lives in London.
Norbert Gstrein (Austria, Fiction), October 3-November 4
Norbert was born in a small village in Austria, studied mathematics in Innsbruck and eventually moved to Hamburg, Germany. He spent 10 months at Stanford writing his first novel instead of going on with his studies, and has continued writing since then -- following no other profession, as V.S. Naipaul puts it. His novels included The Register, The English Years, and Winters in the South. Photo credit: Andreas Hassiepen
Caroline Brothers (UK/Australia/France, Fiction/Nonfiction), October 4-November 4
Caroline lives in France where she is working on her second novel, set in Argentina and Greece, which continues her exploration of family, identity and displacement. She grew up in Australia and, after completing a history Ph.D. in London, trained as a journalist, working in the U.K., Europe and Latin America. She is the author of the novel Hinterland, which won a Society of Authors award in the UK, and of a non-fiction work, War and Photography.
Rachel Cantor (US, Fiction), October 10-November 4
Rachel is the author of the novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario and a forthcoming novel, tentatively titled Door Number Two. Her stories have appeared in the Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and numerous other publications. She grew up in Italy and has lived and worked in India, Pakistan, France, and Australia. She freelances for international development agencies and has completed writing assignments everywhere from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. She lives in Brooklyn. Photo credit Marianne Barcellona.
Claire Corbett (Australia, Fiction), October 10-November 4
Claire is an Australian writer born in Canada. Her novel When We Have Wings was shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Recently her stories have been published by Griffith Review and Spineless Wonders. She writes for The Monthly magazine and teaches literature and writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her essay "The Last Space Waltz?" was shortlisted for the 2012 CAL essay prize and published in Overland.
Daniele Bernardi (Switzerland, Poetry/Nonfiction), October 10-November 4
Daniele was born in Lugano, Switzerland, and lives between Italy and his mother country. He studied theater-craft in Rome and has worked for many acting companies and for the Italian Swiss Radio (Rete Due). He writes literary criticism for some local newspapers. He published two books of poems: Versi come sassi and Ballata/e degli alberi solitari. Some of his texts are included in several anthologies composed by the young Swiss poets.
Neva Micheva (Bulgaria, Translation), October 10-November 4
Neva is a literary translator from Italian, Spanish and Catalan into Bulgarian. She studied Italian Philology in her hometown, Sofia, and Journalism at El Mundo school in Madrid. Among the books she has translated are Italo Calvino’s Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, Il visconte dimezzato and Lezioni americane; Antonio Tabucchi’s Sostiene Pereira and La testa perduta di Damasceno Monteiro; Dino Buzzati’s Sessanta racconti and Il Colombre; Roberto Bolaño’s Llamadas telefónicas and Putas asesinas; Javier Marías’ Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí; Manuel Puig’s El beso de la mujer araña, etc. For her work on the Bulgarian editions of Juan Gelman’s Poemas de Sidney West and Giorgio Manganelli’s Centuria she received the 2014 National Literary Award Hristo G. Danov in the category Translation.
Susanne Hoebel (UK, Translation), October 11-November 4
Born Germany, Susanne went to live in the UK in 1972, where she studied English at the University of Birmingham, finishing with an M.A. Returning to Germany, she lived in Berlin and worked as a freelance Teacher of English as a foreign language. Her career as a literary translator took off in 1989 and after 25 years she has translated some 80 books, among them works by Nadine Gordimer, John Updike, William Faulkner, Nicholson Baker and, only recently, Ted Thompson. She now lives in Hamburg, Germany, but mostly in Sussex, England.
Catherine Lacey (US, Fiction), October 14-November 4
Catherine is the author of the novel Nobody Is Ever Missing. Her fiction and essays have been published by The New York Times, Granta, Guernica, McSweeney's Quarterly, The Believer and elsewhere. She was a 2012 NYFA fellow and teaches for Sackett Street Writing Workshop.
Naomi Schenck (Germany, Nonfiction/Fiction), October 24-November 4
Naomi was born in Santa Monica, and raised in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany.
After studying fine arts, she became a set designer for film and TV. While pursuing film and photography work, she has written broadcast radio plays and has a regular page in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which combines the short story and photography. Naomi has published two books, one with short stories and one with photography. She lives in Berlin.