Art Omi: Writers, 2017

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Rohan Kamicheril (India/U.S., Nonfiction)
March 24-31
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)
April 1-15
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)
April 2-20
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)
May 1-30
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)
May 14-20
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


Avinuo Kire (India, Fiction/Poetry)
September 8-17
Avinuo is a writer and teacher from Nagaland in the North East of India. She has contributed to various literary journals and anthologies. She has authored a collection of short fiction, The Power to Forgive and Other Stories, and a volume of poetry, Where Wildflowers Grow. She has also co-authored Naga Heritage Centre: People Stories, Volume One, an anthology of documented oral narratives from Nagaland. Avinuo is currently Assistant Professor of English at a local college in Kohima, Nagaland.

D.M. Aderibigbe (Nigeria, Poetry)
September 8-28
D.M.'s chapbook is In Praise of Our Absent Father. He has received fellowships and honors from Provincetown Fine Arts Work Centre, The James Merrill House, Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Dickinson House and Boston University, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing, and was a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. A graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, his poetry has appeared in various journals.

Johann Christoph Maass (Germany, Translation)
September 8–28
Johann grew up in Münster and Westfalia. After high school and civil service he worked as a professional drummer for a few years. He studied Journalism and American Literature and worked as an editor for several publishing houses before going freelance as a literary translator in Berlin. His list of translated authors include: Jonathan Lethem, Howard Jacobson, Jon Ronson, Matt Burgess, Mark Vonnegut, Barney Norris, Lafcadio Hearn, Chad Harbach and Darin Strauss. He's just picked up drumming again.

Shelly Oria (U.S./Israel, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Shelly is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Most recently, she co-authored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney's. Shelly's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among other places, has been translated to other languages, and has won a number of awards. She lives in Brooklyn, where she co-directs the Writer's Forum at the Pratt Institute and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach.

Donal McLaughlin (N. Ireland/Scotland, Fiction/Translation)
Sept. 8-Oct. 5
Donal writes short stories and translates novels. His first collection, an allergic reaction to national anthems (2009), was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. A much-praised second collection, beheading the virgin mary, and other stories, followed in 2014. Donal was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (USA) in 2013, and awarded the Max Geilinger Prize in 2015 for his translations of Swiss fiction.

Marta Carnicero Hernanz (Catalonia, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Marta is an Industrial Engineer who lives in Barcelona. She has taken part in the Columbia University Word for Word Translation Exchange and finished her MFA in Creative Writing at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her first first novel, El cel segons Google (The sky according to Google), originally published in Catalan, is currently being translated into Spanish (soon to be published by Acantilado) and into English, thanks to a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant.

Dragana Kršenković Brković (Montenegro, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Dragana is the author of two novels, two story collections, one collection of plays, one monograph, and several children's books. She has been a guest writer and has received numerous fellowships from various organizations including the Hubert Humphrey fellowship program and UNESCO. Her writing interests include time, different literary genres, and art.

Rasha Khayat (Germany, Fiction/Nonfiction/Translation)
Sept 8-Oct. 5
Rasha is a writer, translator and the world's biggest David Bowie fan, based in Hamburg. Born in a small town on the Ruhr in Germany, she lived and worked all over the Arab World and is generally a passionate traveller. She writes fiction, essays and sometimes for the theatre, her first novel Weil wir längst woanders sind (Because we're elsewhere now) was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for various awards.

Klaus Siblewski (Germany, Nonfiction)
September 8-October 6
Born in Frankfurt, Klaus is an editor-in-chief for Luchterhand Literaturverlag, a professor at the Centre of Creative Writing in Hildesheim, and a member of the German PEN. He is the founder and director of "Deutsche Lektorenkonferenz." Klaus's books include: Telefongespräche mit Ernst Jandl. Ein Porträt, Die diskreten Kritiker. Was Lektoren tun, Wie Romane entstehen, and Wie Gedichte entstehen. He studied German Literature, Philosophy and Political Science at Frankfurt-Main (Germany), and he received doctoral and postdoctoral degrees from the Goethe University at Frankfurt-Main and die University at Essen-Duisburg.

Binalakshmi Nepram (Manipur/Nonfiction)
September 18-October 12
Binalakshmi was born in the state of Manipur located in India's Northeast region. She is a writer and civil rights activist, spearheading work on making women-led peace, security and disarmament a movement. She is author of four books: South Asia's Fractured Frontier : Armed Conflict, Narcotics & Small Arms Proliferation in India's Northeast (2003); Meckley: A Historical Fiction on Manipur (2004); India and Arms Trade Treaty (2008; and Where are our Women in Decision Making? (2016).

Dmitrij Gawrisch (Switzerland/Ukraine, Fic./Nonfic./Drama)
September 28–October 25
Dmitrij was born in Kiev and moved to Switzerland at the age of eleven. After graduating in Business & Economics he wrote his first play Barren Land, which was staged in Germany, Switzerland, UK, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. He has now written several plays and the latest, Wird schon werden (We'll Manage Somehow), was commissioned by the Theaterhaus Jena in Germany. Dmitrij is currently working on a book of reportage as well as the novel, The Crane in the Snow. He lives in Berlin.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain (France, Poetry/Translation)
October 6-November 3
Fiona writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese. She is the author of three books of poetry—Water the Moon (2010), My Funeral Gondola (2013), and most recently The Ruined Elegance (2016), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has also translated several books of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets. Her latest translation, Yi Lu's Sea Summit, was shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. She lives in Paris where she works as a zheng harpist and an editor.

Michael Harris Cohen (Bulgaria/U.S., Fiction)
October 6-November 3
Michael received his MFA from Brown University. He's the recipient of a Fulbright as well as support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, Jentel, and The Blue Mountain Center. His writing has been published in various journals and anthologies and his first book, The Eyes, was published in 2013. He is an Associate Professor at the American University in Bulgaria where he teaches Creative Writing and Literature.

Stuart Cooke (Australia, Poetry/Nonfiction/Translation)
Oct. 6-Nov. 3
Stuart grew up in Sydney and Hobart. He has travelled widely, particularly in Latin America, and has lived in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He currently lives on the Gold Coast, where he lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University. His poetry collections include Opera (2016) and Edge Music (2011). He has also published works of criticism and translation, including George Dyuŋgayan's Bulu Line: a West Kimberley song cycle (2014).

Gianni Skaragas (Greece, Theater/Film/Fiction/Poetry)
Oct. 6 – Nov. 3
Gianni is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright, who grew up in the Greek region of Macedonia. He writes in both English and his native tongue. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared or are forthcoming in American Chordata, Copper Nickel, The Tower Journal, World Literature Today, Spilled Milk, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of various grants and fellowships in the U.S. and Europe. He is a member of the Association of European Journalists.

Ed Maranan (Philippines, Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction/Drama)
Oct. 6-Nov. 3
Ed writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, as well as stories and verse for children. He has translated works in English and Filipino, and writes a column on art and culture for a national newspaper. He has won some fifty awards in writing competitions in the Philippines. He was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program, International Summer School in British Poetry and Modern Literary Theory, Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and will attend the Hawthornden Writers Retreat in 2018.

Mirene Arsanios (U.S., Fiction)
October 6-November 3
Mirene is the author of the short story collection, The City Outside the Sentence (2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Animated Reader, and The Outpost, among others. Mirene co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing.

Mònica Batet Boada (Catalonia, Fiction)
October 6-29
Born in Tarragona, Catalonia, Mònica studied Catalan Philolgy at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has written four novels and some shorts stories. Her second novel, published in 2012, No et miris el Riu (Don't Look at the River), was selected as a finalist for the Crexells award. Her third novel, published in 2015, Neu, óssos blancs i alguns homes més valents que els altres (Snow, Bears, and Some Men Braver Than Others), received a subsidy from the Instució de les Lletres Catalanes.

Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina/Fiction)
October 20-November 3
Martín was born in La Plata. Los cuerpos del verano, his first novel, won the Young Latin-American Literature Award and has been translated into English (Bodies of Summer from Dalkey Archive), and French (Les corps de l'été from MEET). His second novel, Los mantras modernos, was published in Argentina earlier this year. Recently, he was selected by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá 39 list, which includes the 39 most promising Latin American authors under forty.

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