Art Omi: Writers, Spring 2021

April Residents

Richard Benjamin, USA
Rich Benjamin’s analyses of culture and politics appear regularly in public debate, including in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Review of Books Daily, as well as on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, selected for an Editor’s Choice award by Booklist and The American Library Association. Benjamin is currently working on a family memoir that is also a portrait of America. Twitter: @IamRichBenjamin

Kia Corthron, USA
Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Her plays have premiered in New York, London, and across the U.S., and awards for her body of work for the stage include the Windham Campbell Prize and the USArtists Jane Addams Fellowship. Her novel THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER won the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her second novel MOON AND THE MARS will be released in August. Her animated film addressing the crisis in Yemen was screened in London’s 2019 We The People’s Film Festival. TV: THE WIRE.

Theresa Hottel, USA
Born in Taipei and raised in southern Oklahoma, Theresa Hottel is working on a novel about ghosts and the Dust Bowl. A graduate of the Columbia University MFA program, her work has appeared in No Tokens, SmokeLong Quarterly, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of residencies and scholarships from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, Community of Writers, and Homestead National Monument. She lives and writes in New York.

Justin Go, USA
Justin Go was born in Los Angeles and educated at the University of California Berkeley and University College London. His first novel, The Steady Running of the Hour, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster and translated into more than twenty languages.

Loubna Mrie, Syria
Loubna Mrie is a Syrian photographer, journalist, and writer. She covered the Syrian war as a photojournalist for Reuters. Her work has been published in The Nation, Time Magazine, Vice, and The New Republic. She is currently writing her first book for Penguin Random House.

Phoebe McIlwain Bright, USA
Phoebe McIlwain Bright's short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in A Pubic Space, Fogged Clarity, and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation blog. She's working on a novel about a woman and her two daughters living in the Oregon Cascades, dam removal, and salmon.

Katie Moulton, USA (Alum-in-Residence)
Katie Moulton is the author of Dead Dad Club, to be published by Audible in May 2021. Her essays and music criticism have appeared in The Believer, Oxford American, Tin House, Boulevard, Catapult, No Depression, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Art Omi, Djerassi, Jentel, and other organizations. She teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore.

May Residents

Nkiacha Atemnkeng, Cameroon
Nkiacha Atemnkeng is a writer and music enthusiast from Cameroon. His work has been published in the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, Lusaka Punk and Other Stories, the 2019 Short Story Day Africa Hotel Africa anthology, Of Passion and Ink: New Voices from Cameroon anthology by Bakwa Books, Porter House Review, Longreads and The Guardian Longread. His illustrated chapbook The Golden Baobab Tree was published in 2014. He is a Goethe Institut/Sylt residency prize winner and is currently enrolled in an MFA at Texas State University. Follow him on Twitter @nkiacha

Will Boast, USA
Will Boast is the author of a story collection, Power Ballads, a memoir, Epilogue, and a novel, Daphne. His short fiction, reporting, and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Guardian, Glimmer Train, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. He's held fellowships from Stanford University and the American Academy in Rome and teaches on the core fiction and nonfiction faculty at the University of Chicago.

Noel King, USA
Noel is a host of NPR's Morning Edition and its accompanying podcast Up First. She is originally from Kerhonkson, New York.

Joseph O. Legaspi, USA
Joseph O. Legaspi, a 2020 New York Foundation for the Arts recipient and Fulbright fellow, is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Best of the Net and the anthology Buzz Words (Everyman’s Library). He cofounded Kundiman (, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffith.

Yulia Marfutova, Russia/Germany
Yulia Marfutova, born in Moscow, studied German philology and history in Berlin and completed her doctorate in Münster. Her debut novel Der Himmel vor hundert Jahren (“The Sky a Hundred Years Ago”) will be published in spring 2021.

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, USA
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. He is the author of three books debuting 2018, 2019, and 2021: Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot (U Nebraska Press), Colonize Me (Saturnalia Books), and Dēmos: An American Multitude (Milkweed Editions). Peep his recent work in The BreakBeat Poets: LatiNEXT, Native Voices: Honoring Indigenous Poetry, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Poetry, & Tin House. He is assistant professor of poetry and nonfiction in Old Dominion University’s MFA program.

Mike Scalise, USA
Mike Scalise is the author of the memoir The Brand New Catastrophe, which received the Christopher Doheny Prize from the Center for Fiction. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, Indiewire, Agni, and elsewhere. He's received awards and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and he was the Philip Roth Writer In Residence at Bucknell University. Photo credit Bahara Emami.

Karen Skolfield, USA
Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Photo by Paula Champagne.

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