Writers Omi at Ledig House
Spring Residents – 2017
Rohan Kamicheril (India/U.S., Nonfiction)
Rohan is a writer, editor, and cook. His writing has appeared in Words without Borders, Asymptote, Gastronomica, and Hemispheres. He is the editor of The Wall in My Head, an anthology of writing from the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Prior to founding Tiffin, a website dedicated to showcasing regional Indian food through interviews, recipes, and travel stories, he was the editor of Words without Borders, the online magazine for literature in translation.
Jim O'Grady (U.S., Nonfiction/Scripts)
March 24-April 2
Jim is a reporter for WNYC Radio. He has told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, and Latino USA. Recently, he worked with DW Gibson on a podcast about gentrification called, There Goes the Neighborhood, and contributed to the podcast, The United States of Anxiety. He's a Moth storytelling GrandSLAM champ, about which he says this. Both of his books are biographies of radical Catholic pacifists: Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor and Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.
Deborah Baker (U.S., Nonfiction)
March 24-April 6
Deborah's most recent book, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Nonfiction. Her current book, The Last Englishman, for which she received support from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations, will be published in 2018. She is married to the novelist Amitav Ghosh and divides her time between Goa and Brooklyn.
Nora Gantenbrink (Germany, Fiction/Nonfiction)
March 24-April 20
Nora was born in a little town on the edge of the Ruhr area in Germany. She studied Politics, History and Communication and visited the Henri Nannen School of Journalism in Hamburg. Since 2013 she has worked as a reporter at STERN magazine. She writes about culture (mostly Hip Hop) and social topics. She also writes award-winning literary short stories. In 2013, her first collection of short stories, Fucked up heart, was published by Rowohlt.
Uche Okonkwo (Nigeria, Fiction)
March 24-April 20
Uche has an MA in Creative Writing from University of Manchester, UK, and several years' experience working with one of Nigeria's leading publishers. Her stories have been published in The Manchester Anthology, The Ember Journal, Per Contra, Ellipsis, Ploughshares and Lagos Noir. In 2016, Invisible Borders published her essay, "What the Road Offers", about her experiences on a six-week Trans-Nigerian road trip.
Ly Tran (Vietnam, Nonfiction)
March 24-April 20
Ly was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a political refugee in 1993. She studied Creative Writing and Linguistics at Columbia University. Ly is at work on her first book, a memoir entitled House of Sticks, forthcoming from Scribner/Simon & Schuster.
Elsa Vasseur (France, Fiction/Scripts)
March 24- April 20
Born in Paris, Elsa has dreamt of being a writer ever since she was able to hold a pen. She released a volume of short stories when she was eighteen, Le Goût du lait au chocolat (The Taste of Chocolate Milk). After graduating from Sciences Po and La Sorbonne, she published her first novel in 2016, L'Heure Bleue (The Blue Hour). She is currently working on a TV-series and a feature-film project.
Yewande Omotoso (Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa, Fiction)
March 26-April 23
Yewande is an architect with a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel Bomboy (Modjaji Books, 2011), was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature and won the South African Literary Awards First Time Author Prize. Yewande was a 2013 Norman Mailer Fellow and a 2015 Miles Morland Scholar. The Woman Next Door (Chatto and Windus, 2016) is Yewande's second novel.
Tsering Lama (Tibet, Fiction)
March 31-April 20
Tsering is a New York-based Tibetan writer who was born in Kathmandu and grew up in Vancouver. She works as a Storytelling Advisor at Greenpeace International, and is nearly finished with her first novel, The Descent of an Oracle. Tsering's writing has been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In recent years, she has been an artist-in-residence at the Lillian E. Smith Center, Catwalk Institute, WildAcres, and Playa Summerlake.
Maria Dadouch (Syria, Fiction)
Maria was born in Damascus and studied politics and economics. In 2002, she started a magazine for teen girls, where she published hundreds of articles. The magazine closed because of the war in Syria. In 2013, Maria joined UCLA to study Creative Writing and she graduated in 2015. She won the Claire Carmichael Scholarship for her first novel and she was granted a residency at Hedgebrook.
Claudia Durastanti (Italy, U.K., Translation, Fiction)
Claudia's first novel Un giorno verrò a lanciare sassi alla tua finestra won several prizes, including a Premio Mondello. She has published three novels so far; her last book, Cleopatra va in prigione, was published in 2016. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Nero Magazine, and La Repubblica. In 2015, she was the Italian Fellow for Literature at the American Academy in Rome and was selected as one of the best Italian writers under 40.
Freek Mariën (Belgium, Theater)
April 7-May 4
With his theatre company Het Kwartier, Freek is currently working on shows for young people and adults. In his work, Freek puts the emphasis on a strong text, a solid factual basis and an original form or theme. His texts have won several awards including the international Kaas & Kappes Award (best Dutch-German Young People's Drama, 2012) and the Taalunie Playwriting Prize (2015).
Philip Huff (The Netherlands, Fiction/Scripts)
April 16 – May 11
Philip studied history and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He is an award-winning author of three novels, a short story collection and an essay collection on literature. Three of his books have been made into films, for which he wrote the screenplays. He lives in New York City.
Scott Gutterman (U.S., Nonfiction/Poetry)
April 21-May 4
Scott has written for Artforum, GQ, The New Yorker, Vogue, and other publications. He is the author of Sunlight on the River: Poems about Paintings, Paintings about Poems and The Art of Miles Davis. Scott is also the deputy director of Neue Galerie New York, a museum devoted to German and Austrian art.
Mai Nardone (Thailand/U.S., Fiction)
April 21-May 11
Mia was raised in Bangkok by an American father and a Thai mother. He has received scholarships from the Tin House Writer's Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Slice, and the Tin House Open Bar. He lives in Bangkok.
Tung-Hui Hu (U.S., Poetry/Nonfiction)
April 28-May 23
Tung-Hui is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses, and the nonfiction book A Prehistory of the Cloud. The recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Francisco Foundation, he is currently assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan.
Arthur Langeveld (The Netherlands, Translation)
April 28-May 25
Arthur received a BA and MA in Slavic Languages from the University of Amsterdam. He has translated the work of many classical and modern Russian writers including Gogol, Goncharov, Tolstoj, Pilnyak, Kharms, Astavyev, Makanin, and Brodsky. In 2006, he was awarded the Nijhoff Prijs voor Vertalingen – the most prestigious prize for literary translations in the Netherlands. Until his retirement in 2012, Arthur was an assistant professor of Russian language and literature at the University of Utrecht. He is now working full time on a translation of Dostoyevsky early works.
Amitava Kumar (India/U.S., Fiction/Nonfiction)
Amitava's books include Lunch With a Bigot, A Matter of Rats, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb, Bombay-London-New York, Passport Photos, and Husband of a Fanatic, an "Editors' Choice" book at the New York Times. Kumar's essays and reviews have appeared in Harper's, Bookforum, Kenyon Review, The Nation, NPR, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Brick, Granta, and numerous other publications. He teaches at Vassar College and is the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for nonfiction.
Emmanuel Iduma (Nigeria, U.S., Fiction)
May 5-June 2
Emmanuel is an art critic and the author of the novel The Sound of Things to Come. He is a regular contributor to magazines, journals, and exhibition catalogues. He graduated from the MFA program in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts, where he now teaches. A Stranger's Pose, his book of travel stories and meditations, is forthcoming.
Annie-France Mistral (France, Translation)
May 5-June 2
For 25 years, Annie-France worked as a documentary film director. She started translating in 2010. She has translated novels by Joshua Cohen, Dan Fante, Tony O'Neill, Jack London and James Oliver Curwood and short stories by Dinaw Mengestu, Patrick Ryan, Zadie Smith, Maria Venegas, Taiye Selasi, Jeanne Thornton, Junot Díaz, Bill Cheng, Teju Cole, and Lydia Davis. She is working on her first novel and still believes in humans and literature.
Namwali Serpell (Zambia, Fiction)
May 5-June 2
Namwali is a Zambian writer and an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 2011. She was shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing and won in 2015 for her story, "The Sack." You can read her writing in The Believer, n+1, Callaloo, Tin House, McSweeney's, Triple Canopy, Cabinet, and several anthologies including The Best American Short Stories, The Caine Prize Anthology and Africa39. Hogarth Press will publish her first novel, The Old Drift, in 2018.
Maureen Scott Harris (Canada, Nonfiction/Poetry)
May 12-June 2
Maureen is a Canadian poet and essayist who grew up on the prairies and lives in Toronto. She has published three collections and two chapbooks of poetry. Drowning Lessons, her second collection, won the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry; her essays have won the Sparrow Prize for Prose, the Prairie Fire creative-nonfiction prize, and the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize. Her writing interests include place, land, ecology, walking, and art.
Lisa Rose Bradford (U.S., Translation/Poetry)
May 13-June 2
Lisa teaches Comparative Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata in Argentina. She has published poems, translations, and articles in numerous magazines, and she has edited various books on translation theory and poetry anthologies. Four of her bilingual volumes of Juan Gelman's verse have appeared since 2010: Between Words: Juan Gelman's Public Letter, Commentaries and Citations, Com/positions, and Oxen Rage. She is currently translating Gelman's last book of poems, Hoy.
Frank Heibert (Germany, Translation/Fiction/Nonfiction)
Frank studied Romance Philology and holds a Ph.D. with a dissertation about puns and their translation. He translates fiction and theater from English, French, Italian, and Portuguese. He is also a novelist, editor, critic, teacher, and jazz singer. Frank has received several awards for translations of authors such as Don DeLillo, Richard Ford, William Faulkner, George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Tristan Egolf, Tony Kushner, Neil Labute, Boris Vian, Yasmina Reza, Raymond Queneau, Italo Svevo, Jorge de Sena and others. Frank lives in Berlin.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi (U.S./Spain/Iran, Fiction)
May 15-June 2
Azareen is the author of Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra (forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2018). She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and a Fellowship from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona. Her work has appeared in GRANTA, The Paris Review, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, among other places. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.
Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Ukraine/U.S., Fiction)
May 19-June 2
Yelena was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. In 2014, Riverhead Books published her novel, Panic in a Suitcase, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" honoree. Yelena lives in New York.
Alix Sobler (U.S., Theater)
May 19-June 2
Alix is a writer from New York whose plays have been read, work-shopped and produced in North America and England. Last year, she had three plays produced, including The Secret Annex at the Segal Centre in Montreal, JONNO at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and The Great Divide at the Finborough Theatre in London. In 2015, The Great Divide won the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. You can find out more about her and her work at alixsobler.com.