Art Omi: Writers, Spring 2022
'Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. Her partial novel-in-progress won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers award. Her short stories have been published in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, One Story, among others. More at pemiaguda.com.
Katya Apekina is a novelist, screenwriter and translator. Her novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, was named a Best Book of 2018 (Kirkus, Buzzfeed), and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and shortlisted for Stanford Libraries’ 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. It’s been translated into Spanish, Catalan, French, German and Italian. Katya translated poetry and prose from Russian for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky, short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Elif Batuman’s new novel, Either/Or, is forthcoming from Penguin Press in May 2022. Her first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (UK). She is also the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, and is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and the Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.
Miluska Benavides is the author of the story collection La caza espiritual (The Spiritual Hunt). In 2021 she was selected by Granta magazine as one of the best young Spanish-language novelists. She holds a PhD in Latin American literature and works in Lima. At Art Omi she will be working on her novel, Hechos.
Carla Regina Rodrigues Bessa
Carla Bessa studied Theater in Rio de Janeiro. In 1991 she relocated to Germany and worked as an actress and theater director for 15 years. Since 2014, she has been working as a literary translator for Brazilian publishing houses. In 2017 her first collection of short stories was published and in 2020 she won the Jabuti Prize, the most important award of Brazilian literature, for her second book, Urubus. In 2021 she published a novella, Minha Murilo.
Matías Candeira de Andrés
Matías Candeira is a writer and screenwriter. Since 2009, he has taught creative writing in Escuela de Escritores (Madrid) and other spanish institutions. He has published six books: a novel, Fever, and five collections of short stories including Before Giraffes, We Won't Be Here Anymore and Moebius, which was awarded the Kutxa Literary Prize in 2018. In the last decade, he has been awarded various literary grants and fellowships including the Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators Grant (2010), Han Nefkens Foundation Grant (2013) and Leonardo Grant by BBVA Foundation (2017).
Lucia Bascaran Caro
Lucía Baskaran is a Basque/Spanish writer and translator, author of the novels Partir and Cursed Bodies and the short story “El Ojeo”, which appears in the compilation Ya no recuerdo qué quería ser de mayor. She has recently translated the novel Memoirs of an ex prom queen, by Alix Kate Shulman to Spanish and has written for El País, El Periódico de España and Glamour Magazine among others.
Krystyna Dąbrowska is a poet, essayist and translator. She is the author of four poetry books: Biuro podróży, Białe krzesła, Czas i przesłona, Ścieżki dźwiękowe. In 2013 she won two of the most prestigious Polish literary prizes: the Wisława Szymborska Award and the Kościelski Award, and in 2019 she won the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw. Her poems have been translated into twenty languages. Book-length collections of her poems have been published in Italian, German, and Swedish, and are forthcoming in Portuguese and English. Her translations include the poetry of W. C. Williams, Thom Gunn, Charles Simic, Kim Moore, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Louise Glück. She lives and works in Warsaw.
Fredy Gareis is a writer from Germany. After graduating from the German School of Journalism in Munich, he reported as a freelance correspondent from the Middle East. Since then he has published five books: four travel memoirs and one work of fiction. Currently he is working on a novel. He is the recipient of the Robert-Gernhardt-Prize. He lives and works in Germany and in Greece.
Achiro P. Olwoch
Achiro P. Olwoch is an award winning writer and producer from Northern Uganda; she is currently living in New York. She tells stories that start conversations. Achiro has written for magazines and created a TV series, as well as a couple of films and stage plays. Writing is her life and telling stories is what she lives for.
Clarisse Baleja Saidi
Clarisse Baleja Saidi was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She’s received fellowship support from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center and more and in 2021, was awarded a Canadian Council of the Arts grant for an in-progress work of nonfiction. Her recent work appeared in The Fiddlehead and POETRY. At Art Omi, Baleja will edit her novel.
Jamie Lee Searle, Alumni-In-Residence
Jamie Lee Searle translates from German and Portuguese into English, and is a co-founder of the UK Emerging Translators Network. Her forthcoming and previous translations include Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt and Twelve Nights by Urs Faes. Jamie previously lectured at Queen Mary, University of London, where she completed an MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. She is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Grant and a mentor for the National Centre for Writing’s translator mentorship scheme.
Elisa Wouk Almino, Alumni-in-Residence
Elisa Wouk Almino is a Brazilian writer and translator based in Los Angeles. She is a senior editor at Hyperallergic and teaches translation and art writing at UCLA Extension and Catapult, where she is also a contributing editor. You can find her essays and translations in the Paris Review Daily, LA Times, NYR Daily, Literary Hub, Words Without Borders, among others. She is the translator of THIS HOUSE by poet Ana Martins Marques (Scrambler Books).
Maria Adelmann is the author of the short story collection, Girls of a Certain Age, and the forthcoming novel, How to Be Eaten. Her work has been published by Tin House, n+1, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, Epoch, AQR, and others, and has been selected as a Distinguished Story in The Best American Short Stories. She has been awarded a Baker Artist Award, an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Balch Prize for the Short Story from the University of Virginia, where she earned her MFA.
Chiara Baffa studied English, North American and Spanish Literature in Florence and Barcelona. In 2010 she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City. She translates North American, British and Australian fiction and nonfiction into Italian. Among her translated authors are Jacqueline Woodson, Olivia Sudjic, Laurie Colwin, Amity Gaige, Charlotte Wood and Teddy Wayne. She loves everything about translation: the long nights, the painstaking precision, the peace, the craft and the joy of bringing a book to those who could never read it otherwise. Apart from translating, she also works as a screenwriter for documentaries about art, music and culture.
TJ Benson is a Nigerian writer and visual artist whose work explores the body in the context of memory, African Spirituality, Africanfuturism, mythology, migration, utopia and the unconscious self. His work has been exhibited and published in several journals like Harvard’s Transition Magazine, Iskanchi, Jalada, SSDA Migrations, Catapult, Bakwa Magazine and shortlisted for awards. His Saraba Manuscript Prize shortlisted Africanfuturist collection of short stories ‘We Won’t Fade into Darkness’ was published by Parresia in 2018. His debut novel ‘The Madhouse’ was published in 2021 by Masobe Books and Penguin Random House SA and his second novel ‘People Live Here’ is slated for a 2022 release. He has facilitated writing workshops, more recently teaching a class on magical realism and surrealism within the context of African literature for Lolwe Magazine. He currently lives in an apartment full of plants and is in the danger of becoming a cat person.
Marcia Burnier is the author of the novel Les Orageuses and of various short stories published in different French-language magazines. Her nonfiction work has been published by Art/iculation, Retard Magazine and The Huffington Post. Since 2017, she has been the co-editor of It's been lovely but I have to Scream Now, a zine publishing queer and/or women authors, and the co-organisor of different feminist writing gatherings and retreats. She currently lives in the Alps, close to the Swiss/French border.
Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collections origin story and Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He’s also the co-editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Sun, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Copper Nickel. The recipient of Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowships, he’s also been published in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and was featured in the 2013 New American Poetry Series by the Poetry Society of America. He’s an associate professor in English and creative writing at the College of Charleston where he’s currently the Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing and teaches in the MFA program and serves as the associate poetry editor at Crazyhorse.
Catherine Lacey is the author of four books of fiction, most recently PEW, which won the 2021 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. She has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award. Her books have been translated into ten languages.
Susana Moreira Marques
Susana Moreira Marques is the author of the memoir Quanto Tempo Tem um Dia and Now and at the Hour of Our Death, a work of narrative nonfiction that has been translated into English, Spanish and French. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Common, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a 2019 Portuguese National Grant for Literary Writing and has been awarded fellowships by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation and the Jan Michalski Foundation, amongst others. She lives in Lisbon, where she currently writes a column for newspaper Mensagem and teaches creative nonfiction.
Ucheoma Onwutuebe’s works have been published in Prairie Schooner, LipMag, Kalahari Review. In 2019, she was the recipient of The Eli Cantor Residency at Yaddo. She studied Microbiology at Abia State University in Uturu, Nigeria, where she was actively involved in the institution’s literary society. She is also a graduate of the Royal Arts Academy’s film program.
Sebastian Stuertz is a writer, lecturer of storytelling/motion design, and a musician living in Hamburg with his family. He hosts a literature podcast and is the organizer of the “Hamburger Autor:innentrinken,” a lounge for the Hamburg literary scene at which writers read from their upcoming publications. In 2018 he was awarded one of six annual Hamburg literature prizes. His 700-page debut Charlie Berg’s Heart of Iron was published in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Michael Kühne Prize. His audio mini-series “Ruslan from Marzahn“ was shortlisted for the German Audio Book Award. Stuertz’s second novel, WHERE THE BRAIN USUALLY IS, will be published in August 2022.
Natalia Trigo is a writer and researcher awarded the International Aura Estrada Prize in 2019. She earned a PhD in Creative Writing in Spanish from the University of Houston. She specializes in Bilingual Creative Writing, Immigration Literature and Literatura Fronteriza and has taught in different academic institutions in Mexico and the United States. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has collaborated with Writers in the Schools Houston (WITS), Inprint Poetry Buskers, as well as the Houston Public Library and the Mexican Consulate in Houston. She was a resident at the Ucross Foundation and is currently working on her debut novel.