Art Omi: Writers, Fall 2022

September Residents

Whitney Bursch
Whitney Bursch was born in 1994 and grew up in France before she moved to Germany in 2009. She is an afroeuropean artist who focuses on making comics. Whitney has a bachelor’s degree in art therapy and is currently studying illustration in Hamburg. Her stories mainly revolve around love, loneliness, and the feeling of not belonging and are subtly political and infused with bittersweet humour. The book she will be working on at Art Omi is a story of a fateful Christmas day with her white family where she dares to bring up the subject of racism.

Jordi Cabré Trias
Jordi is a Catalan writer and the author of seven novels. Tell a wish received the prestigious Sant Jordi prize. He is also a practicing lawyer and works with many newspapers, radio and television stations.

Reneé Flemings
Reneé’s theatrical body of work includes: empty spaces (Quick Silver Theatre 2020 P.O.C. Summit), The Brotherhood, Fact Checking, Scars (Samuel French Finalist), Strange Weather, (Readings: Roundabout Theatre Company, New Federal Theatre), and The Jam, (Genesis Festival-Crossroads Theatre and The Blank Theatre in LA). She also wrote the libretto for Love Rose and has authored screenplays including: The Brotherhood (Best Short Screenplay, Chain NYC Festival) and It Started with A Kiss. Her publications include: Bel Canto (Playing With Canons), Bounce and Roll, Rewind, and Smith & Krause Best Monologues for Men. She is a member of Honor Roll and The Dramatists Guild.

Theresa Hottel, Alum-in-Residence
Theresa was born in Taipei and raised in southern Oklahoma. Her writing appears in publications such as No Tokens Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Bright Wall / Dark Room and the anthology Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror. She is the recipient of honors and support from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers, the Community of Writers, the US National Park Service, and the Otherwise Fellowship (previously the Tiptree Fellowship). She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate creative writing.

Yael Inokai
Yael Inokai studied Philosophy in Basel and Vienna and Screenwriting at the German Film and Television School in Berlin. She has published three novels: Storchenbiss (2012), Mahlstrom (2017) and Ein simpler Eingriff (2022). She has been awarded the Swiss Prize for Literature and the Anna Seghers Prize. She is an editor at Politisch Schreiben magazine, a yearly collection of essays and literary works. She lives in Berlin.

Julie Moon
Julie is a Korean writer, translator and teacher with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing and Literary Translation from Columbia University. A former Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, she is the winner of the Miller Audio Prize in Poetry from The Missouri Review. Her writing and translations have appeared in Public Books, Catapult, The Rumpus, Brooklyn Rail, Arkansas International, EssayDaily, Columbia Journal, and more. She is at work on a translation of a Korean graphic memoir and is seeking representation for her debut essay collection.

Dean Rader
Dean has authored or co-authored eleven books, including Works & Days, winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, a Barnes & Noble Review Best Book, and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. Before the Borderless: The Cy Twombly Cycle, is forthcoming in 2023. His writing has been supported by fellowships from Princeton University, Harvard University, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Foundation. Dean is a professor at the University of San Francisco and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

Xiyu Tomorrow
Xiyu is a visual story teller interested in grief, feminism, decolonization and social justice. Her exhibitions include: Gabrovo Biennial (2022), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (2021), and A4 Museum Chengdu (2020). You can find out more about her work at

David Wagner
David was born in 1971, and has lived in Berlin since 1991. His prize-winning debut Meine nachtblaue Hose (My Night-Blue Trousers) was published in 2000, and his novel Vier Äpfel (Four Apples) was long-listed for the German Book Prize. His best-selling novel, Leben (Lives) won the 2013 Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the Best Foreign Novel of the Year Award 2014 in the People’s Republic of China. He was the Friedrich Dürrenmatt Guest Professor for World Literature at University Bern and Visiting Professor at SISU University Shanghai. His books have been translated into 15 languages. He has written extensively about the city of Berlin in collections such as Mauer Park (2001), Welche Farbe hat Berlin (What Color Is Berlin, 2011) and Verlaufen in Berlin (2021). His most recent novel Der vergessliche Riese (The forgetful giant) won the Bayerische Buchpreis 2019.

Laura Esther Wolfson
Laura’s book, For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors (University of Iowa Press, 2018), holds the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Her work has won a Notting Hill Essay Prize; appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic; and received “notable” listings in Best American Essays 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. She co-produced Amplit Literary Festival and Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series, and has been a Girls Write Now mentor and a PEN prison writing mentor. She worked for many years as an interpreter and translator of Russian, French, and Spanish into English, at the United Nations and elsewhere.

Monika Zgustova
Born in Prague, Monika has lived in Spain since the 1980s. She is a writer, translator and journalist, collaborating with El País, as well as the Wall Street Journal and CounterPunch. She has fifty translations to her credit, from Czech and Russian. She is the author of ten fiction books and three non-fiction books, which have won several Spanish and international literary awards. She has premiered two plays and has given poetry recitals of her translations of Tsvetaeva and Akhmatova. Her work has been published in ten languages, including English, German and Russian.

October Residents

Fatin Abbas
Fatin’s novel, Ghost Season, will be released by W.W. Norton in 2023. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, The Warwick Review and Friction, and her non-fiction and essays have appeared in The Nation, Le Monde diplomatique, Die Zeit, Africa is a Country, and African Arguments, amongst other places. She has been a Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholar, a Literature Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, an Austrian Federal Chancellery/KulturKontakt Artist-in-Residence, and a Writer-in-Residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, and raised in New York, she gained her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Hunter College, CUNY.

Anton Jäger
Anton Jäger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and has published widely on contemporary topics from populism to basic income in both specialist and public outlets. At Art Omi he will be working on a manuscript for the German Suhrkamp Verlag, dissecting political history across the 2010s and 2020.

Jordan Kisner
Jordan Kisner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic. Her essay collection, Thin Places, was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR. She lives in New York, and teaches at Columbia University.

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich
Alex is the author of The Fact of the Body: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec, and the Prix France Inter-JDD. It has been translated into eleven languages and is in development with HBO. Their essays appear in The New York Times, Harper’s, and the 2020 and 2022 editions of The Best American Essays. Their next book, Both and Neither, a transgender and trans-genre work of speculative reported nonfiction and memoir, is forthcoming from Doubleday and publishers internationally.

Megan McDowell, Alum-in-Residence
Megan McDowell has translated many of the most important Latin American writers working today, including Samanta Schweblin, Alejandro Zambra, Mariana Enriquez, and Lina Meruane. Her translations have won the English PEN award, the Premio Valle-Inclán, and the Shirley Jackson Prize, and have been short- or long-listed four times for the International Booker Prize, and shortlisted once for the Kirkus Prize. In 2020 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short story translations have been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, McSweeney’s, and Granta, among others. She is from Richmond, Kentucky, and lives in Santiago, Chile.

Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez has published eight novels, including The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, and, most recently, What Are You Going Through. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books have been published in thirty countries. She lives in New York City.

Christine Richter-Nilsson
Christine is an author, literary translator and a theater dramaturg. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor for Translation at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Christine holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Vanderbilt University where she also served as a Lecturer before she was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Syracuse University. Among her significant achievements is the German translation of Teju Cole’s works. In 2013, she was awarded the Internationaler Literaturpreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the German translation of Open City. The award honors both an outstanding work of contemporary international literature as well as its German translation. She has been Translator-in-Residence at Ledig House (2011) and at Yaddo’s Artist’s Community.

Mohammed Tarazi
Mohammed is a Lebanese novelist and one of the first Arab novelists to write historical fiction based on the history of Arabs in East Africa. He published the African Dream, a trilogy of three novels: The Islands of Cloves, Malindi and The Bride of Comoros. Mohammed has also written five other novels, one of which, Nostalgia, won the Toufic Bakkar award in Tunisia. He is currently working on a novel based on his home city, Tyre, which was affected by the political conflicts and the financial crisis in Lebanon, turning it into a sad and alienated place.

Philip Teir
Philip is a Finland-Swedish writer from Helsinki. His works have been published in English, French, Dutch and German. He is currently working on a movie adaptation of his latest novel, Jungfrustigen.

Niña Weijers
Niña has published two novels, The consequences and Rooms Anterooms, as well as a collection of essays, Do It Yourself. The consequences won various awards, including the Anton Wachterprijs for best Dutch debut novel, the Opzij Literatuurprijs for best Dutch novel by a female author, and the Flemish Gouden Boekenuil Readers Award. She is an editor at the literary magazine De Gids, and a columnist for the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about an unresolved murder in the Netherlands.

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