Art Omi: Writers 2024 Spring

April Residents

Suad Aldarra

Syria/Ireland

Suad Aldarra is a Syrian-Irish writer and engineer based in Dublin, Ireland. She was selected as the Common Currency Writer-in-Residence for the Cuirt International Festival and English/Irish PEN in 2021 and was awarded the Art Councils of Ireland English Literature bursary. Her debut memoir, I Don’t Want to Talk About Home, was published in July 2022 and was shortlisted for An Post Irish Biography of the Year Award.

Helena Andreychykova

Ukraine

Helena Andreychykova is a Ukrainian writer, journalist, playwright, and linguist. Currently, she is a PhD student in the Literature Department in Odessa State University; the topic of her work is modern dystopia. She is the author of four collections of short stories and two novels. Helena often uses irony in her texts as an artistic trope. The main themes of the novels are women and their rights for freedom of choice in different cultural and geopolitical realities.

Sahar Delijani

Iran/U.S.

Sahar Delijani is the author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree, an internationally acclaimed novel, which has been translated into 32 languages and published in more than 75 countries. A recipient of the de Groot Foundation Courage to Write Grant, the Society of Authors and Author’s Foundation Grant, her work has been long-listed for the Granum Foundation Prize and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Essay Series. Delijani’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Literary Hub, Kweli Journal, The Bellevue Review, Slice Magazine, and more. She currently lives in New York City, writing her second novel.

Banna Desta

U.S.

Banna Desta is an Eritrean and Ethiopian-American writer for the stage and screen. She crafts stories about and for the African diaspora. Her work for the stage has been supported and developed by SPACE on Ryder Farm, Audible Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, National Black Theater, and the Dramatists Guild Foundation. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU where she currently teaches undergraduate students. While at Art Omi, she is completing her first novel, Substitutes for God.

Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda

U.S./Japan

Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda is a literary translator based in New York City. Born in Tokyo, raised in Texas, she co-translated Akutagawa Ryunosuke's Kappa and has published work in The Baffler, Guernica, and LitHub. At Art Omi, she will be working on her forthcoming translation of Yoko Tawada's Exophony for New Directions; it's a collection of essays about the politics of linguistic exile.

Chido Muchemwa

Zimbabwe

Chido Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean writer currently based in Toronto. Her short stories have previously appeared in The Baltimore Review, Canthius, Catapult, Humber Literary Review, and Prism International amongst others. She has been shortlisted twice for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and placed 2nd in the Humber Literary Review’s 2020 Emerging Writers Fiction Contest. She is a 2023 Miles Morland Scholar, and she has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. Her debut short story collection, Who Will Bury You and Other Stories, will be published in October.

Alice Pettway

Chile/U.S.

Alice Pettway is the author of Dawn Chorus (2023), Station Lights (2021), Moth (2019), and The Time of Hunger (2017), all from Salmon Poetry, and a chapbook, Barbed Wire and Bedclothes (2009), from Spire Poetry. Her work has appeared in AGNI, the North American Review, Rattle, River Styx, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and several other publications. She is a former Chulitna artist fellow and Art Omi resident. Pettway currently lives and writes in Santiago de Chile.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal

U.S.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal is the author of membery, a book of poems. She is a recent Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and McKnight Artist Fellow.

Clare Sestanovich

U.S.

Clare Sestanovich, named a “5 Under 35” honoree by the National Book Foundation in 2022, is the author of the debut novel, Ask Me Again. Her story collection, Objects of Desire (2021), was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Harper’s Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

Philip Teir

Finland

Philip Teir is a Finnish-Swedish author of novels and nonfiction, as well as the director of the international literature festival Helsinki Lit. In his novels he explores issues concerning families and marriage. He writes in Swedish and has been translated into Finnish, English, French, Dutch, and German.

May Residents

Maya Binyam

U.S.

Maya Binyam is the author of the novel Hangman. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times Book Review, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at The Paris Review and has previously worked as an editor at Triple Canopy and The New Inquiry, and as a lecturer in the New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program. She lives in Los Angeles.

Kayleb Rae Candrilli

U.S.

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a PEW fellowship, and of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. They are the author of Water I Won’t Touch, All the Gay Saints, and What Runs Over. Candrilli's work has been published in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

Adwin de Kluyver 

The Netherlands

Adwin de Kluyver is a Dutch writer of creative nonfiction and a historian. He wrote The Northern Dream (2019) and No Man's Land (2021), a critically acclaimed diptych about the polar regions. Both received 4 and 5-star reviews in newspapers and were nominated for the Best Dutch Nature Book Award. In April 2024, his new book, The Islands of Good and Evil, will be published. In it, he shows how humans have used islands over the centuries; as laboratories, as locations for natural and social experiments, and as metaphors for the situation in the bigger outside world.

Pim Lammers

The Netherlands

Pim Lammers is a writer for children and adults. His first picture book, The Little Lamb That Was a Piglet (Het lammetje dat een varken is) – a queer picture book – was published in 2017. He received a Silver Slate for this book, making him the youngest winner in the award's history. Pim writes in various genres, including poetry, short stories, and youth novels. In 2022 he won one of the first Boer Boris Funds for his contributions to more diversity in children's literature. He also works as a translator and a literary critic.

Elisa Levi

Spain

Elisa Levi's first publication was a collection of poems, Perdida en un bol de cereales (Lost in a bowl of cereals). In 2019, she released her first novel, Por qué lloran las ciudades (Why cities cry). That same year she contributed to an anthology of generational stories called Ya no recuerdo qué quería ser de mayor (Don’t remember what I wanted to be when I grew up). In 2021, Elisa's second novel, Yo no sé de otras cosas (That’s all I know), was acclaimed by critics and readers. The translation rights for this novel have been sold to Germany, Hungary, Russia, the UK, and the US, where it will be published by Graywolf Press.

Katie Moulton

U.S.

Katie Moulton is the author of the audio memoir Dead Dad Club: On Grief & Tom Petty (Audible 2022). Her essays and music criticism have appeared in The Believer, Oxford American, Salon, New England Review, Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Village Voice, and many other places. Her work has been supported by fellowships from MacDowell, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Djerassi, Moulin à Nef, and elsewhere. Born and raised in St. Louis, she lives in Baltimore and teaches at Johns Hopkins University and the Newport MFA.

Marie Silkeberg

Sweden

Marie Silkeberg is a poet and translator living in Stockholm. She has published nine collections of poetry; Revolution House is the most recent. She spent ten years as a Professor of Creative Writing at Valand Academy at Gothenburg University and three years as HCA Academy Visiting Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has translated several books by the Danish poet Inger Christensen, as well as American poets such as Alice Notley, Susan Howe, Anne Boyer, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Claudia Rankine. An English translation of her poetry collection, Damascus, Atlantis, was published by Terra Nova Press in 2021.

Ulrike Sterblich

Germany

Ulrike Sterblich was born and raised in Berlin, where she hosted a popular literary stage show for many years. She holds a degree in Political Science, and has published a number of books. Her critically acclaimed first novel The German Girl is set in New York City during the 60s. Ulrike's recent novel Drifter was shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2023.

Dana Vowinckel

Germany/U.S.

Dana Vowinckel was born in Berlin into an American-Jewish-German family. She grew up between Chicago and Berlin and studied linguistics and literature in Berlin, Toulouse, and Cambridge. At the 2021 Ingeborg Bachmann Competition, she was awarded a prize for an excerpt from The World in a Ziplock Bag, her debut novel, which was published in 2023. It was nominated for several debut prizes and has been awarded the Mara Cassens debut prize. The English translation is forthcoming from HarperVia. Dana lives in Berlin.