One World

April 27–May 5, 2024

Art Omi: Writers will host 21 writers published by One World, an imprint of Random House, which seeks to provide a home for authors—novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets, journalists, thinkers, activists, and creative artists unconstrained by genre—who challenge the status quo, subvert dominant narratives, and give new language to understand the past, present, and future. One World writers represent voices from across the spectrum of humanity telling critical, universally important, and compelling stories about a changing world. 

Art Omi’s philosophy and mission are deeply aligned with One World. Art Omi’s intention is to inspire innovation, ignite change, foster acceptance, and respect all within an intentional sanctuary of space. With this exciting new partnership, Art Omi and One World aim to give writers space, time, and care in order to create the most transformational work. Gathering together will allow for deeper community, as well as a safe space to share resources, knowledge, and an exchange of ideas. 

Michelle Alexander

U.S.

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, legal scholar, and the author of the bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which helped to shift the national discourse on the U.S. criminal punishment system and inspired racial justice organizing nationwide. She is a former associate professor of law at Stanford Law School and Ohio State University, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and other outlets. She is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Union Theological Seminary with a concentration in interreligious studies.

Fatimah Asghar

U.S.

Fatimah Asghar is a poet, filmmaker, educator, and performer whose work includes an Emmy nominated web series, a National Book Award Longlisted book of fiction, a critically acclaimed book of poetry, and they served as the co-producer and writer of Time and Again for the Emmy-nominated Ms. Marvel on Disney+. They are the author of When We Were Sisters and If They Come for Us.

Brea Baker

U.S.

Brea Baker is a freedom fighter and writer (in that order) who has been working on the frontlines for over a decade, first as a student activist and now as a writer and national strategist. Brea contributes op-eds and personal essays to ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Refinery 29 Unbothered. As a sought-after speaker and anti-racism consultant with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, Brea believes deeply in political imagination and the need for nuanced storytelling. Her book, Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft & The Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership, will be published June 2024 by One World.

Thi Bui

U.S.

Thi Bui is the author of the bestselling and award-winning graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do. She is the illustrator of the children’s book A Different Pond, which won a Caldecott Honor, Finding Papa, which received an honor from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and Chicken of the Sea, a collaboration with her son, Hien. Her short comics can be found on The Nib, Reveal News, PEN America, and Boom California. She is currently writing and drawing NOWHERELAND, a work of graphic nonfiction about Asian Americans, immigrant detention, and deportation.

Anelise Chen

U.S.

Anelise Chen is an American writer of fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University, where she is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her first novel, So Many Olympic Exertions, was published by Kaya Press in 2017. It was a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Finalist. She is currently working on a second book, Clam Down (One World), based on her stint as The Paris Review Daily's "mollusk correspondent." She is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Awardee. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Believer, McSweeney's, BOMB, The New Republic, NPR, the Village Voice, Conjunctions, and more.

Safia Elhillo

U.S.

Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. She is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House, 2022), and the novels in verse Home Is Not a Country and Bright Red Fruit (Make Me a World/Random House, 2021 and 2024). With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019).

Camonghne Felix

U.S.

Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation (One World, 2023), which was hailed by TIME Magazine and Vogue as one of the most anticipated books of 2023 and top memoirs of 2023. Her poetry debut Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her next full-length work, Let the Poets Govern, is forthcoming from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Danielle Geller

U.S.

Danielle Geller’s first book, Dog Flowers (One World/Random House, 2021) was a finalist for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes’s Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. Her essays have appeared in Maisonneuve, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, and Brevity. She teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria and is a faculty mentor for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Mona Hanna-Attisha

U.S.

A pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author, Dr. Mona is the Associate Dean for Public Health at Michigan State University. She was named one of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World and a USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. As founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, she leads Rx Kids, the nation’s first-ever effort to eliminate infant poverty. She is author of the NYT’s 100 most notable books, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. 

Nate Marshall

U.S.

Nate Marshall is the author of FINNA (One World, 2020) and Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh, 2015). He is an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). He is also the author of the audio drama Bruh Rabbit & The Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis, Esq. and co-author (with Eve L. Ewing) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Nate is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at The University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Hannah Michell

U.S.

Hannah Michell was born in England and raised in Seoul. Her first novel, THE DEFECTIONS, was published in France and the United Kingdom in 2014 to wide acclaim. Her second novel, EXCAVATIONS (One World, 2023) was named one of the best crime novels of 2023 by LitHub and one of the top ten mysteries of 2023 by Publishers Weekly. When Hannah is not writing fiction, she teaches classes on K-pop and Asian American film at UC Berkeley.

Ed Morales

U.S.

Ed Morales is an author and journalist who writes for The Nation, The New York Times, and CNN Opinions. He was Latin Music columnist for Newsday from 2001–2009 and is the author of Fantasy Island (Bold Type Books), Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture (Verso Books), and The Latin Beat: The Rhythm and Roots of Latin Music From Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond (Da Capo/Basic Books). He is a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and a Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Kevin Nguyen

U.S.

Kevin Nguyen is the author of New Waves (2020) and the forthcoming Mỹ Documents. He is the features editor at The Verge, and was previously a senior editor at GQ. He lives in Brooklyn.

Daniel Peña

U.S.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Associate Professor. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Texas Monthly, NBC News, and The New York Times Magazine among other platforms. He's at work on a collection of essays for One World. He lives between Dallas, Mexico City, and Berlin.

m. mick powell

U.S.

m. mick powell (she/they) is a queer Black Cape Verdean femme, an artist, an Aries, and author of the chapbook threesome in the last Toyota Celica (Host Publications, 2023). Their debut full-length collection, DEAD GIRL CAMEO, is forthcoming from One World in Summer 2025. A professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and a 2023 Tin House Resident, mick enjoys chasing waterfalls and being in love. Keep up with her at www.mickpowellpoet.com.

Carla Power

U.S./UK

Carla Power is a journalist and the author of Home, Land, Security, an exploration of how people are drawn into and leave violent extremist groups, and If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, an account of studying with the traditional Islamic scholar Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Both were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction; Oceans was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

She is currently finishing a biography of the Islamic feminist theologian amina wadud, out in 2025 from One World.

She started her journalistic career at Newsweek Magazine in the 1990s, and has been published in a wide range of publications, from Vogue and Time to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Foreign Policy.

Donovan X. Ramsey

U.S.

Donovan X. Ramsey, a journalist and author, is a leading voice on identity, justice, and power dynamics in America. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, GQ, and more. Formerly a staff reporter at the Los Angeles Times and editor at The Marshall Project, his focus is amplifying unheard stories of Black America, favoring people-first narratives. Ramsey authored When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era for Random House. A Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alum, he grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and now resides in upstate New York.

Guadalupe Rosales

U.S.

Guadalupe Rosales lives and works in Los Angeles. Guadalupe received an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). Solo exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, 2021, 2018); Dallas Museum of Art (2021); Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City, 2020); Gordon Parks Foundation (Pleasantville, 2019); and Aperture Foundation (New York, 2018). Selected group exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council (Mexico City, 2024); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2023); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2022); Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2021); The Kitchen (New York, 2019); and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, 2017). Guadalupe is a recipient of  United States Artists Fellowship (2020), Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2019), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2019). She has participated in residencies at Denniston Hill (Glen Wild, 2022); PAOS/Museo Taller Jose Clemente (Guadalajara, 2020); Main Museum (Los Angeles, 2018); and LACMA (2017).

Guadalupe’s work is in the collections of Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco); LACMA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

U.S.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of the historical novel, The American Daughters as well as The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, a One Book One New Orleans selection, which was longlisted for the Story Prize. His debut, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize. All three books were The New York Times Editors’ Choice selections. Ruffin is the winner of the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the Louisiana Writer Award. Ruffin is a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University.

Adam Serwer

U.S.

Adam Serwer is a staff writer in the Ideas Section at The Atlantic.  He is the recipient of the 2019 Hillman Prize for commentary and analysis, the 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Award for online column writing, and the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award for magazine commentary. Previously, he was the national editor at BuzzFeed News and a national reporter at MSNBC. He is the author of the 2021 New York Times Bestseller The Cruelty Is The Point.

SUPPORT

Art Omi’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Major support for Art Omi’s residency programs is provided by the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This special project is made possible by Hawthornden Foundation.