Art Omi: Writers

2023 Residency Dates: Spring: March 24 - Friday, May 26, 2023 / Fall: Friday, September 1 - Friday, November 3, 2023

Application Requirements: CV/work history, work statement, and writing sample. Alumni of the program are eligible to reapply.

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About

Art Omi: Writers hosts authors and translators from around the world for residencies throughout the spring and fall. The program’s strong international emphasis provides exposure for global literary voices and reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is essential to Art Omi’s mission.

Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten writers at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. Readings throughout the year invite the public to experience finished and in-process work by writers and translators in residence.

Art Omi: Writers welcomes published writers and translators of every type of literature. All text-based projects -- fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

All residencies are fully funded with accommodations, food, local transport and public programming provided. However, please note that Art Omi: Writers does not provide travel funds. Selected residents are responsible for funding their own travel or securing travel funds from a third party.

Notable alumni include:

Translation Lab

In early November, Art Omi: Writers hosts an annual Translation Lab, in which four English language translators are invited to work alongside the writers whose work they translate. The focused residency provides an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. The Translation Lab emphasizes translation as a means towards cultural exchange.

The focused residency provides an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. Following in the tradition of the Art Omi: Writers residency as started by Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, the Translation Lab emphasizes translation as a means towards cultural exchange. It serves as an essential community builder for English language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to American readers, as it is currently estimated that less than three percent of all books published in the United States are translated works.

The residency is a rare and unique opportunity for writers and their translators to work together, considering that most writers never meet their translators in person. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.

Translation Lab is fully funded, including travel, room and board, meals and workspaces.

Accommodations & Facilities

Art Omi is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for the hamlet of Omi, which is within the town of Ghent, New York, Art Omi is also near to Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections thirty or fifteen minutes' drive from campus, respectively.

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Sculpture and Architecture Park. Residents receive private bedroom accommodations with shared bathrooms and common areas.

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and a computer with printing capability is available on the premises.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer’s markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.

Past Residents

Click here to view the Art Omi alumni searchable database, including the full list of Art Omi: Writers alumni.

Director & Board

Director, Art Omi: Writers

DW Gibson is most recently the author of 14 Miles: Building the Border Wall. His previous books include the awarding-winning The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. He shared a National Magazine Award for his work on “This is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn” for New York magazine. His work has also appeared in Harper’sThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Nation, among other publications. Gibson’s radio work includes co-hosting the podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood,” guest hosting various news programs for WNYC, and reading original essays for Live From Here as well as NPR’s All Things Considered.

Program Board

Esther Allen

Rich Benjamin

Bill Clegg

Chandler Crawford

Nayana Currimbhoy

Gary Fisketjon

Marcus Gärtner

Francis Greenburger, Chair & Founder

Beena Kamlani

David Knowles

Tynan Kogane

Karsten Kredel

Agnes Krup

Alex Lee

Jeffrey Lependorf

Carol Mann

Ayesha Pande

Marleen Reimer

Daniel Slager

Barbara Tolley, Co-Chair

Luciana Villas-Boas

Lucas Wittmann

Sally Wofford-Girand

Advisory Board

Edward J. Acton

T.D. Allman

Sara Bershtel

Dorthe Binkert

Anna Bourgeois

Oliver Bourgeois

Dominique Bourgois

George Cockcroft*

Nicholas Ellison

Barbara Epler

Inge Feltrinelli *

Alexander Fest

Ariane Fink

Karin Graf

Nikolaus Hansen

Antje Landshoff-Ellermann

Jack Macrae

Emily Mann

Michael Naumann

Viktor Niemann

Nenad Popovich

Ulla Rowohlt

Thomas Überhoff

*in memoriam

Program Sponsors

Siegfried Lenz Foundation

Whiting Foundation

National Foundation for Jewish Culture

Piper Verlag

Rowohlt Verlag

Dutch Foundation for Literature

Pro Helvetia

Institut Ramon Llull

Aufbau Verlag

Kommunikationsaufbau Foundation

The Robert Buchbinder Fellowship

Francis J. Greenburger Fellowship

Joseph Brodsky Foundation

Literature Translation Institute of Korea