Art Omi: Writers, 2019 Spring Residents

Hanan Elstein (Israel/U.S., Translation/Nonfiction)
March 22-May 31
Hanan is an Israeli literary editor, translator and essayist living in Brooklyn, NY. He had edited numerous works of Hebrew and world literature, fiction and non-fiction alike, and translated dozens of titles from German (Benjamin, Heine, Jelinek, Kant, Kracht, von Kleist, and more). His literary essays and theater reviews were published in books, magazines and major newspapers, among them Haaretz and Israel Hayom

Keyi Sheng (China/U.S., Fiction)
March 22-April 11
Keyi was born in China. She is the author of ten novels, including Northern Girls, Death Fugue, Wild Fruit, The Metaphor Detox Centre, The Womb, and Paradise. Her work has been translated into a number of foreign languages and published all over the world.

Theresa Hottel (U.S., Fiction)
March 22-April 11
Born in Taipei and raised in southern Oklahoma, Theresa is currently working on a novel about ghosts and the Dust Bowl. A recent graduate of the Columbia University MFA program, her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in No Tokens, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She is the recipient of residencies and scholarships from Homestead National Monument and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives and writes in New York.

Mykola Riabchuk (Ukraine, Poetry/Fiction)
March 22-April 18
Mykola is a Ukrainian poet and prose writer. A graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow (1988), he worked as an editor for the leading Ukrainian periodicals. In the past decade, he was a vice-president and, eventually, the president of the Ukrainian PEN Center. Five of his 14 books were translated into Polish, and a few more rendered in French, German, Serbian, and Hungarian. While at Art Omi, he will be working on the collection of essays and short stories Barbecue in the Metternich’s Garden.

Natalka Bilotserkivets (China/U.S., Fiction)
March 22-April 18
Natalka is a Ukrainian poet and essayist. A graduate of the Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, she made her career in the Ukrainska Kultura monthly from an editor to the Editor-in-Chief. Her poems from seven books are anthologized and translated into many languages, including French, German, and English. While at Art Omi, she will be working on her debut novel, The Life of My Man.

Kathleen Heil (U.S./Germany, Fiction/Poetry)
March 22-April 18
Kathleen writes and translates poetry and prose. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fence, Beloit Poetry Journal, Colorado Review, The Threepenny Review, and many other publications. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among others, she lives and works in Berlin. More at

Benedek Totth (Hungary, Translation/Fiction)
March 22-April 18
Benedek started his professional career as a literary translator of English and American fiction; he soon began writing his own fiction. In 2014, he published his first novel, Holtverseny (Dead Heat). His second novel, Az utolsó utáni háború (The War After the Last War) was published in 2017. Benedek has also written short stories and plays: Afghanistan, a dark comedy, and Sidetrack/Deadlock, which is about a marriage in crisis culminating in a hostage situation on a streetcar. More recently, Benedek worked on drama translations, taught creative writing at a media school and mentored young writers in an independent civil program.

Margaret Pearce (U.S. Nonfiction)
March 25-April 18
Margaret Pearce is a cartographer and writer in Rockland, Maine. Her cartographic work includes Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada; They Would Not Take Me There: People, Places and Stories from Champlain’s Travels in Canada, 1603-1616 (with Michael Hermann); Ivoka Eli-Wihtamakw Kətahkinawal/This Is How We Name Our Lands (with Penobscot Cultural & Historic Preservation); and The Intricacy of These Turns and Windings: A Voyageur’s Map. Her work was selected for the 2018 Atlas of Design, the Diagrams of Power exhibition, and Phaidon Press' Maps: Exploring the World. Her awards include a Yaddo Fellowship, a NY Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship, an Anne Ray Fellowship (School for Advanced Research), an ACLS Fellowship, and an APS Franklin Research Grant. She holds a Ph.D. in geography.

Dawn King (U.K., Theater/Film)
March 30-April 18
Dawn is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV, VR and radio. Her work for the stage includes Foxfinder, originally produced by Papatango Theatre Company in 2011 and revived in the West End in 2018. She won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End awards 2012 and won the Papatango New Writing Competition 2011. Dawn’s short film The Karman Line won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.

Adam Kraar (U.S., Theater)
April 5-May 2
Adam writes plays about cross-cultural clashes and connections, including works about American families in Asia, the Civil Rights Movement, and quixotic rebels who challenge societal boundaries. Recent productions include Alternating Currents (The Working Theatre, Off-Broadway premiere), Dancing on the Edge (Theatre Novi Most) and Wild Terrain (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Plays published by Smith & Kraus, Dramatic Publishing and Applause Books. Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S., and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Karim Dimechkie (U.S./France, Fiction)
April 12-28
Karim is the author of the novel, Lifted by the Great Nothing. He lives and writes in New York City by night and works for a non-profit, CAMBA, by day. He’s working on a second novel.

Mallery Avidon (U.S., Theater)
April 12-May 2
Mallery is a playwright and screenwriter based in Seattle and Los Angeles. Her plays include Mary-Kate Olsen is In Love and queerSpawn, which have been produced around the country and are published by Dramatists Play Service. She has been a Staff Writer for an HBO television series, and is at work on her first novel.

Rae Binstock (U.S., Theater)
April 19-May 2
Rae grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Columbia University as an undergrad. Her plays include land of no mercy, POSE and We Are The Light of the World, and have been produced and developed at venues such as the New Group, the Lark Development Center, and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Rae is a current Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and most recently served as Writers’ Assistant on FX Networks’ upcoming miniseries FOSSE/VERDON. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her cat, Black Cat.

Alison Thompson (Australia, Poetry/Fiction)
April 19-May 9
Alison is an award-winning Australian poet and short story writer. She won the Verandah Literary Prize in 2010 and was Highly Commended in the 2018 Bridport Poetry Prize (UK). Alison is a longstanding member of the Kitchen Table Poets, based in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, and has two chapbooks out with PressPress – Slow Skipping and In A Day It Changes. She is currently working on her first full-length short story collection.

Adriana Altaras (Germany, Fiction/Theater)
April 19-May 16
Adriana was born in Croatia, grew up in Italy, and later moved to Germany.
She has a theater degree from Berlin UdK, and also studied at NYU. Adriana has performed in several theaters and movie production, lectured at Berlin UdK, founded a theater company, and directed several theater pieces and operas. She has written four novels and is a frequent contributor to several German newspapers. Adriana lives her two sons, Aaron and Lenny.

LaToya Watkins (U.S., Fiction)
April 23-May 9
LaToya holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, The Sun, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. LaToya lives and teaches in Texas.

Núria Perpinyà (Catalonia, Poetry) Ramon Llull Fellowship
April 26-May 23
Núria is a Catalan writer advocate of Relativism. She loves literary experimentalism and she creates ironical stories of unusual topics: Architecture, Museums, Classical Music, Science, Mountaineering, Psychiatry and Internet addiction. She does research on Art and Comparative Literature at Lleida University (near Barcelona, Spain).

Rebekka Hermán Mostert (The Netherlands, Translation) Dutch Foundation for Literature Fellowship
May 1-31
Rebekka studied Hungarian Language and Literature in Groningen (The Netherlands), Literary Translation in Budapest (Hungary) and Theology at the Protestant Theological Institute in Cluj (Romania). She has mostly translated Hungarian literature into Dutch: György Dragomán (The White King and The Bone Fire), Miklós Bánffy (They were counted), Péter Gárdos (Fever at dawn) and András Forgách (The acts of my mother). 
She considers her work a privilege and an artistic handicraft. Rebekka lives and works in Romania, Hungary and the Netherlands. Professional blog:

Haro Kraak (The Netherlands, Nonfiction/Fiction)
May 3-31
Haro is a Dutch writer and journalist who lives in Amsterdam. He works at de Volkskrant, a national daily newspaper, where he writes about media, music, literature, television and culture. His first novel, Lekhoofd, was published in 2016 and nominated for two debut fiction prizes. He is currently working on his second novel.

Ursel Allenstein (Germany, Translation) Rowohlt Fellowship
May 3-31
Ursel studied Scandinavian Literature in Frankfurt and Copenhagen. After graduating, she worked in the rights department at Hoffmann & Campe Publishing House for two years, until she started working as a fulltime literary translator from Danish, Swedish and Norwegian into German. Apart from translating, she has been leading translation workshops for young translators. She is a member of the German Translators Association VDÜ. Ursel lives in Hamburg.

Brando Skyhorse (U.S., Fiction)
May 3-31
Brando's debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year. He has also co-edited an anthology, We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories Of Passing in America. Skyhorse is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Alison Smith (U.S., Nonfiction)
May 13-31
Alison’s writing has appeared in Granta, McSweeneys, Real Simple, Glamour and other publications. Her memoir, Name All the Animals, was awarded Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her storytelling has been featured on The Story Collider and PBS’s Stories from the Stage. She plays Jane Jacobs on the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Beena Kamlani (U.S., Fiction)
May 11-31
Beena’s fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review (2007), Ploughshares (2007), Identity Lessons: Learning to be American (Penguin, 1999), Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin, 2000), The Lifted Brow (Australia, 2008), World Literature Today and other anthologies. Her fiction won a Pushcart Prize (vol. XXXIII, 2009). She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle (UK), Hedgebrook, and won the inaugural Pushcart-Jentel Arts fellowship for fiction at Jentel Arts in Wyoming for 2010. She was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at Sewanee in 2005 and was awarded a grant in fiction from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. In 2017, she won the Yeovil (UK) Fiction Award. A longtime editor at Viking Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House, she taught book editing at New York University for eighteen years, and was presented the university’s award for teaching excellence in 2002. She now teaches a course on self-editing for writers at Hunter College, CUNY, New York.

Josip Novakovich (Croatia, Fiction/Poetry/Nonfiction)
May 17-28
Josip emigrated from Croatia to the United States at the age of 20. He has published a dozen books, including a novel, April Fool's Day (in ten languages), five story collections (Infidelities, Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Heritage of Smoke, and Tumbleweed) and three collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.

Joshua Craze (Germany, Fiction)
May 17-31
Joshua is currently finishing a novel, Redacted Mind, set during the war on terror, which thinks through his experiences as an anthropologist in Tanzania, living with the translators’ of Sayyid Qutb, and as a journalist at The Nation Investigative Institute, where his work with Meg Stalcup on counterterrorism training was cited in a Senate inquiry. He was educated in Oxford and Amsterdam, and had a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014, he was UNESCO Artist Laureate in Creative Writing, and he has published in the Guardian, Washington Monthly, and elsewhere.

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