Art Omi: Writers
Fall Residents – 2017
Avinuo Kire (India, Fiction/Poetry)
Avinuo is a writer and teacher from Nagaland in the North East of India. She has contributed to various literary journals and anthologies. She has authored a collection of short fiction, The Power to Forgive and Other Stories, and a volume of poetry, Where Wildflowers Grow. She has also co-authored Naga Heritage Centre: People Stories, Volume One, an anthology of documented oral narratives from Nagaland. Avinuo is currently Assistant Professor of English at a local college in Kohima, Nagaland.
D.M. Aderibigbe (Nigeria, Poetry)
D.M.'s chapbook is In Praise of Our Absent Father. He has received fellowships and honors from Provincetown Fine Arts Work Centre, The James Merrill House, Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Dickinson House and Boston University, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing, and was a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. A graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, his poetry has appeared in various journals.
Johann Christoph Maass (Germany, Translation)
Johann grew up in Münster and Westfalia. After high school and civil service he worked as a professional drummer for a few years. He studied Journalism and American Literature and worked as an editor for several publishing houses before going freelance as a literary translator in Berlin. His list of translated authors include: Jonathan Lethem, Howard Jacobson, Jon Ronson, Matt Burgess, Mark Vonnegut, Barney Norris, Lafcadio Hearn, Chad Harbach and Darin Strauss. He's just picked up drumming again.
Shelly Oria (U.S./Israel, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Shelly is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Most recently, she co-authored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney's. Shelly's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among other places, has been translated to other languages, and has won a number of awards. She lives in Brooklyn, where she co-directs the Writer's Forum at the Pratt Institute and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach.
Donal McLaughlin (N. Ireland/Scotland, Fiction/Translation)
Sept. 8-Oct. 5
Donal writes short stories and translates novels. His first collection, an allergic reaction to national anthems (2009), was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. A much-praised second collection, beheading the virgin mary, and other stories, followed in 2014. Donal was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (USA) in 2013, and awarded the Max Geilinger Prize in 2015 for his translations of Swiss fiction.
Marta Carnicero Hernanz (Catalonia, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Marta is an Industrial Engineer who lives in Barcelona. She has taken part in the Columbia University Word for Word Translation Exchange and finished her MFA in Creative Writing at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her first first novel, El cel segons Google (The sky according to Google), originally published in Catalan, is currently being translated into Spanish (soon to be published by Acantilado) and into English, thanks to a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant.
Dragana Kršenković Brković (Montenegro, Fiction)
September 8-October 5
Dragana is the author of two novels, two story collections, one collection of plays, one monograph, and several children's books. She has been a guest writer and has received numerous fellowships from various organizations including the Hubert Humphrey fellowship program and UNESCO. Her writing interests include time, different literary genres, and art.
Rasha Khayat (Germany, Fiction/Nonfiction/Translation)
Sept 8-Oct. 5
Rasha is a writer, translator and the world's biggest David Bowie fan, based in Hamburg. Born in a small town on the Ruhr in Germany, she lived and worked all over the Arab World and is generally a passionate traveller. She writes fiction, essays and sometimes for the theatre, her first novel Weil wir längst woanders sind (Because we're elsewhere now) was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for various awards.
Klaus Siblewski (Germany, Nonfiction)
September 8-October 6
Born in Frankfurt, Klaus is an editor-in-chief for Luchterhand Literaturverlag, a professor at the Centre of Creative Writing in Hildesheim, and a member of the German PEN. He is the founder and director of "Deutsche Lektorenkonferenz." Klaus's books include: Telefongespräche mit Ernst Jandl. Ein Porträt, Die diskreten Kritiker. Was Lektoren tun, Wie Romane entstehen, and Wie Gedichte entstehen. He studied German Literature, Philosophy and Political Science at Frankfurt-Main (Germany), and he received doctoral and postdoctoral degrees from the Goethe University at Frankfurt-Main and die University at Essen-Duisburg.
Binalakshmi Nepram (Manipur/Nonfiction)
September 18-October 12
Binalakshmi was born in the state of Manipur located in India's Northeast region. She is a writer and civil rights activist, spearheading work on making women-led peace, security and disarmament a movement. She is author of four books: South Asia's Fractured Frontier : Armed Conflict, Narcotics & Small Arms Proliferation in India's Northeast (2003); Meckley: A Historical Fiction on Manipur (2004); India and Arms Trade Treaty (2008; and Where are our Women in Decision Making? (2016).
Dmitrij Gawrisch (Switzerland/Ukraine, Fic./Nonfic./Drama)
September 28–October 25
Dmitrij was born in Kiev and moved to Switzerland at the age of eleven. After graduating in Business & Economics he wrote his first play Barren Land, which was staged in Germany, Switzerland, UK, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. He has now written several plays and the latest, Wird schon werden (We'll Manage Somehow), was commissioned by the Theaterhaus Jena in Germany. Dmitrij is currently working on a book of reportage as well as the novel, The Crane in the Snow. He lives in Berlin.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain (France, Poetry/Translation)
October 6-November 3
Fiona writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese. She is the author of three books of poetry—Water the Moon (2010), My Funeral Gondola (2013), and most recently The Ruined Elegance (2016), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has also translated several books of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets. Her latest translation, Yi Lu's Sea Summit, was shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. She lives in Paris where she works as a zheng harpist and an editor. www.fionasze.com
Michael Harris Cohen (Bulgaria/U.S., Fiction)
October 6-November 3
Michael received his MFA from Brown University. He's the recipient of a Fulbright as well as support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, Jentel, and The Blue Mountain Center. His writing has been published in various journals and anthologies and his first book, The Eyes, was published in 2013. He is an Associate Professor at the American University in Bulgaria where he teaches Creative Writing and Literature.
Stuart Cooke (Australia, Poetry/Nonfiction/Translation)
Oct. 6-Nov. 3
Stuart grew up in Sydney and Hobart. He has travelled widely, particularly in Latin America, and has lived in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He currently lives on the Gold Coast, where he lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University. His poetry collections include Opera (2016) and Edge Music (2011). He has also published works of criticism and translation, including George Dyuŋgayan's Bulu Line: a West Kimberley song cycle (2014).
Gianni Skaragas (Greece, Theater/Film/Fiction/Poetry)
Oct. 6 – Nov. 3
Gianni is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright, who grew up in the Greek region of Macedonia. He writes in both English and his native tongue. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared or are forthcoming in American Chordata, Copper Nickel, The Tower Journal, World Literature Today, Spilled Milk, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of various grants and fellowships in the U.S. and Europe. He is a member of the Association of European Journalists.
Ed Maranan (Philippines, Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction/Drama)
Oct. 6-Nov. 3
Ed writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, as well as stories and verse for children. He has translated works in English and Filipino, and writes a column on art and culture for a national newspaper. He has won some fifty awards in writing competitions in the Philippines. He was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program, International Summer School in British Poetry and Modern Literary Theory, Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and will attend the Hawthornden Writers Retreat in 2018.
Mirene Arsanios (U.S., Fiction)
October 6-November 3
Mirene is the author of the short story collection, The City Outside the Sentence (2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Animated Reader, and The Outpost, among others. Mirene co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing.
Mònica Batet Boada (Catalonia, Fiction)
Born in Tarragona, Catalonia, Mònica studied Catalan Philolgy at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has written four novels and some shorts stories. Her second novel, published in 2012, No et miris el Riu (Don't Look at the River), was selected as a finalist for the Crexells award. Her third novel, published in 2015, Neu, óssos blancs i alguns homes més valents que els altres (Snow, Bears, and Some Men Braver Than Others), received a subsidy from the Instució de les Lletres Catalanes.
Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina/Fiction)
October 20-November 3
Martín was born in La Plata. Los cuerpos del verano, his first novel, won the Young Latin-American Literature Award and has been translated into English (Bodies of Summer from Dalkey Archive), and French (Les corps de l'été from MEET). His second novel, Los mantras modernos, was published in Argentina earlier this year. Recently, he was selected by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá 39 list, which includes the 39 most promising Latin American authors under forty.