Art Omi: Writers, Fall 2018 Residents

Sebastià Portell (Catalonia, Theater, Fiction)
September 7 - 28
Sebastià has published five plays, two short story collections called Maracaibo and La recerca del flamenc (The search of the flamingo) and a novel, El dia que va morir David Bowie (The day David Bowie died), for which he was selected as Artist of the Year by Time Out Barcelona. Currently he works in the intersection of gender and sexual identities.

Perumal Murugan (India, Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry)
September 7 - 30
Perumal heads the department of Tamil literature at a Government Arts College, Attur, Tamilnadu, India. He is the author of ten novels and five collections each of short stories and poems, as well as ten books of non-fiction. Several of his novels, stories and poems have been translated into English.

Anu Singh Choudhary (India, Fiction/Translation/Multi-Media)
September 7 - October 4
Anu is a writer, translator and filmmaker based in New Delhi and Mumbai. She has written across formats including radio, TV, films and new media, and has written and directed award-winning documentaries, and a web-series. The author of Neela Scarf, a collection of short stories, and the memoir Mamma Ki Diary, Choudhary has translated over 20 well-acclaimed titles from English to Hindi. She was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (2013) and the LAADLI Media and Advertising Awards (2012) for her gender sensitive reporting.

Naazneen Diwan (U.S./India, Nonfiction/Poetry)
September 7 - October 4
Naazneen received her PhD in Gender Studies from UCLA and is a long time educator and pedagogical innovator. She has created and facilitated Kalaashakti healing arts, meditation and storytelling workshops for Muslim women, from India to California. She currently works with the Building Resilience team at Dignity and Power Now!, supporting families who have suffered violence in Los Angeles jails. Her current book project, 99 Names, is a Sufi-Buddhist collection of poetry in collaboration with her artist father.

Lali Tsipi Michaeli (Israel, Poetry)
September 7 - October 4
Lali was Born in Georgia in 1964, and moved to Israel as a child. She writes poetry and creates poetry video art. She published five poetry books and her work has been translated into 12 languages. She lives in Tel Aviv and participates in local and international poetry festivals.

Michelle Tiu Tan (Philippines, Fiction)
September 7 - October 4
Michelle took her MA in Creative Writing (Prose) at the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Southeast Asian Bursary and a Dissertation Distinction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and journals in the Philippines. She currently resides in France.

Caoilinn Hughes (Ireland, Fiction)
September 7 - October 4
Caoilinn’s debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, was published by Hogarth in July 2018. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr describes it as ‘a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity.’ The Sunday Times calls it ‘a highly ambitious fiction debut [that] contains multitudes.’ Hughes’s poetry collection, Gathering Evidence, won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and was a finalist for four other prizes. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, POETRY, Best British Poetry, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She is a fellow of the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and the Ireland Funds Monaco. Photo by Danijel Mihajlovic.

Mani Rao (India, Poetry/Nonfiction)
September 7 - October 11
Mani has eight poetry books including New & Selected Poems, Ghostmasters, Echolocation and two books in translation from Sanskrit— Bhagavad Gita and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader. Mani was a 2005 and 2009 Visiting Fellow at Iowa IWP and the 2006 Iowa IP writer-in-residence. After 20 years in the advertising creative and television industry in India and Hong Kong, Mani turned to literary and scholarly interests and did an MFA in Creative Writing from UNLV, followed by an PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University. A book based on fieldwork, Living Mantra, is forthcoming from Palgrave-Macmillan in 2019. Click here for links to her writing.

Gianni Skaragas (Greece, Fiction/Theater/Film)
September 7 - November 2
Gianni is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. A law school dropout, he had his debut mystery novel adapted for television at 25 years of age. He writes in both English and Greek. His English short stories appear in various American literary magazines. His short fiction explores questions of trauma, courage and faith, creating a chronicle of ordinary people in an era of sweeping change and economic crisis. The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will present his play, The Lady of Ro, as part of the 2019/2020 season. In 2018 he was awarded the Copper Nickel Editors' Prize in Fiction (University of Colorado). For the fall 2018 session at Art Omi he is serving as the alumni-in-residence.

Scott Blackwood (U.S., Fiction/Nonfiction)
October 1 - 15

Scott is the author of two novels, a story collection, and two narrative nonfiction books. His most recent novel See How Small won the 2016 PEN USA Award and was an “Editor’s Choice” pick by The New York Times. His previous novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, earned him a Whiting Award. Scott’s two-volume set of narrative nonfiction books, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, published by musician Jack White's Third Man Records, was nominated for a Grammy for music writing. He’s currently at work on a new novel, Signs and Wonders, and an essay collection, The Ghost of You Lingers. He lives in Austin, Texas.  

Julia Wolf (Germany, Fiction/Theater)
October 5 - 18
Julia has written for theater, film and radio. Her debut novel, Alles ist jetzt, was published in 2015 by Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt. She was invited to read an excerpt from her second novel, Walter Nowak bleibt liegen, at Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur in Klagenfurt in 2016 and received a prize for the reading. The novel was published in 2017, nominated for the German Book Award and was awarded the Nicolas-Born-Debüt Prize. Julia is based in Berlin and Leipzig and is currently working on her third book.

Justin Haynes (Trinidad and Tobago, Fiction)
October 5 - November 2
Justin's work has previously appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The Notre Dame Review, the Hawai’i Review, the Caribbean Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing, black studies and Caribbean studies at several educational institutions. Justin is the recipient of various writing residencies.

Kim Roberts (U.S., Poetry)
October 5 - November 2
Kim Roberts is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston, and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method. She co-edits the journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence 18 times. Poems of hers have been featured in the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas Project, on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Project, and on podcasts sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Caleb Ozovehe Ajinomoh(Nigeria, Fiction)
October 5 - November 2
Ajinomoh took Hemingway’s words literally and quit journalism in 2015 to become – you’ll never guess – a full time writer. The universe has been kinder to him than most in that he’s been privileged since then to put fiction in Split Lip, adda, AFREADA, Catapult, The Offing, and recently, memoir in the nonfiction anthology of the Goethe-Institute Literary Exchange program. He has a bizarre reading taste in fiction – think Edith Wharton and Willkie Collins – and, tragically, in what he writes. Bearing that in mind, you must weigh carefully before cheering at news that he is at work on a novel and a story collection is nearly complete. When he’s not on twitter @queerpants, he lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Miral Al-Tahawy (Egypt, Fiction)
October 5 - November 2
Miral is an award-winning Egyptian novelist, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Arizona State University and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at A.S.U. Her novels include: The Tent, The Blue Aubergine, Gazelle Tracks and Brooklyn Heights.

Daniela Janjic (Switzerland, Theater)
October 9 - November 2
Daniela was born in Mostar and grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Switzerland. Her first play, Yellow Days, premiered during the Swiss author's workshop "Dramenprozessor"; it was performed throughout Switzerland and internationally. She has since received several invitations including the festival "World Interplay", the author's workshop at the Burgtheater Wien and from renowned theaters such as the Münchner Kammerspiele. Daniela completed her Bachelor's Degree at the Swiss Literature Institute and studied playwriting and screenwriting at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her production, Death to My Hometown, which marked her directorial debut, was performed at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin.

Jenny Offill (U.S./Fiction)
October 12 - November 2
Jenny's most recent novel is Department of Speculation, which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year in 2014. It was also a finalist for the Folio award and the Impac Dublin award. She is also the author of Last Things and several books for children. In 2019, she will be the visiting writer at Vassar College.

Sara Greenslit (U.S., Nonfiction)
October 19 - November 2
Sara is a writer and a small animal veterinarian from Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of As If a Bird Flew By Me, winner of the FC2 Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Blue of Her Body, winner of Starcherone's Innovative Fiction Prize. Her essays have recently appeared in Fourth Genre, Western Humanities Review, Hobart, Bat City, Kestrel and Cordella. She earned an MFA in poetry from Penn State and a DVM from the University of Wisconsin. 

Maija Mäkinen (U.S., Fiction)
October 19 - November 2
Maija is a Finnish-born writer and translator. Her writings on place, belonging and immigrant memories, along with her literary translations, have been featured in SAND Journal, Gulf Coast, LA Review, Transnational Literature, anglistica AION, and publications in Finland. She is recipient of the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Photo by Lieh Sugai.

Translation Lab, Fall 2018 Residents

Italian to English

Hope Campbell Gustafson (translator)
Hope has an MFA from the Literary Translation Workshop at the University of Iowa and a BA from Wesleyan University. Her translations have been published in Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, EuropeNow, and Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations (CommaPress/Deep Vellum). A Minneapolis native, she works for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in New York City. 

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (writer)
Ubah was born in Verona, Italy, of a Somali father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Mogadishu but fled at the outbreak of the civil war at the age of eighteen. She lived in Rome where she taught Somali language and culture at Roma Tre University. She holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Naples; currently she is based in Brussels. Ubah is a poet, novelist, playwright, and oral performer. She has published stories and poems in several anthologies and in 2006 she won the Lingua Madre National Literary Prize. Her novel Madre piccola (2007) was awarded the prestigious Vittorini Prize and has been translated into Dutch and English with the title Little Mother (2011). Her more recent novel is Il comandante del fiume (The commander of the river).

Chinese to English

Natascha Bruce (translator)
Natascha's recent translations of short stories and creative non-fiction by Dorothy Tse have appeared in Words Without Borders, Wasafiri, BooksActually’s Gold Standard anthology, and on BBC Radio 3. She is currently working on Lake Like A Mirror, a story collection by Malaysian-Chinese writer Ho Sok Fong (forthcoming from Granta) and Lonely Face, a novel by Singapore’s Yeng Pway Ngon (forthcoming from Balestier).

Dorothy Tse (writer)
Dorothy is a Hong Kong fiction writer who had published three short story collections in Chinese. Her literary prizes include the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature and Taiwan’s Unitas New Fiction Writers’ Award. Tse's first English short stories collection, Snow and Shadow (translated by Nicky Harman), was long listed in 2015 Best Translated Book Award. Tse is also a co-founder of the Hong Kong literary magazine Fleurs de lettres. She currently teaches literature and writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.

German to English

Elisabeth Lauffer (translator)
Elisabeth is a German-English literary and commercial translator based in Vermont. In 2014, she received the Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York, which marked the start of her work in literary translation. Her publications include Michael Ohl’s The Art of Naming and Christian Welzbacher’s The Radical Fool of Capitalism for the MIT Press as well as Alexander Pschera’s Animal Internet, published by New Vessel Press.

Anna Weidenholzer (writer)
Anna's 2016 novel, Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen, was longlisted for the German Book Prize. In 2013, her debut novel Der Winter tut den Fischen gut was nominated in the fiction category of the Leipzig Book Fair. She has also written a short story collection. Anna's recent awards and fellowships include the Robert-Musil-Stipendium (2017) and the Austrian government’s Outstanding Artist Award (2017). She lives in Vienna.

Spanish to English

Samuel Rutter (translator)
Samuel is a writer and translator from Melbourne, Australia. Working mainly in Spanish, he has translated five novels and several stories and articles from authors including Selva Almada, Julián López and Mario Vargas Llosa. His translation of Cristina Sánchez-Andrade’s The Winterlings was recognized with an English PEN Translates Prize, and was recently shortlisted for the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation Prize. He is a teaching fellow in the Creative Writing department at Vanderbilt University, and the translations editor at the Nashville Review. Recent work can be found or is forthcoming in journals including The White Review, Gulf Coast and A Public Space.

Cristina Sánchez-Andrade (writer)
Cristina is a powerful voice in contemporary Spanish literature, author of nine novels. She made a splash in English and around the world with her novel The Winterlings, praised by fellow Galician, Manual Rivas, as "radically new… original and unusual," while gaining outstanding critical acclaim and several prizes, including an PEN Award in 2016. Cristina's work has been described as something "between the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the southern gothic of Flannery O’Connor." She studied law and media and writes and reviews for various Spanish newspapers and literary magazines.

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