Anna Aguilar-Amat (Catalonia, Poetry) March 23-April 6
With a BA in Literature and PhD in Linguistics, Anna is a tenured lecturer in Terminology at the Department of Translation Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has published five poetry collections in Catalan and one in Spanish; her work has received several awards and has been included in anthologies such as New European Poets. She has been translated into several languages and taken part in several international festivals. Anna was born in Barcelona.
Nicholas Hogg (U.K., FIction/Nonfiction) March 23-April 19
Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC award for his debut novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of numerous short story contests, including the Raymond Carver and New Writing Ventures prizes, his fiction has been broadcast by the BBC. He has also worked as a journalist, reporting on human rights issues, travel, and sport. His third novel, Tokyo, is out now, and his fourth novel, Danny Love, is due to be published later in 2018.
Anne von Canal (Germany, Fiction) March 23-April 19
After receiving her university degree in Scandinavian and German studies, Anne worked as an editor in German publishing for more than 10 years. She then decided to dedicate herself to her own writing. She has published two novels: Der Grund (The Reason) and Whiteout. Her books have been translated into several languages such as French, Estonian and Latvian. If not exploring the world, she makes her home alternately in Hamburg and on the Moselle River.
Mauricio Ruiz (Mexico/Belgium, Fiction/Screenwriting) March 23-April 20
Formerly Mauricio worked as an engineer in the U.S., Belgium, Mexico, and Norway. He studied piano at the conservatory in Mexico City and music is a constant in his work. He attended the 2017 Tin House Summer Workshop, and has worked under the tutelage of writers such as Stacy Mattingly, Rodrigo Hasbún, and Danielle Evans. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the U.K., as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. His work has appeared in Flash Fiction, Red Fez, Literal Magazine, Clover, and Flanders Today. Silencios al sur, his second collection of stories, came out in early 2017. He lives between Brussels and Mexico City.
Vanessa Londoño (Colombia, Fiction/Nonfiction) March 23-April 20
Born in Bogotá, Vanessa is a writer, journalist, and the winner of the 2017 International Aura Estrada Prize, as well as the 2017 Nuevas Plumas Prize. She is a lawyer from Universidad del Rosario, with a master in Creative Writing in Spanish, from NYU. She worked as a journalist at Democracy Now!, and as a literary editor at Americas Quarterly. She is currently working on her first book, Los Impares.
Justin Go (U.S., Fiction) March 23-June 1
Justin 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 is being translated into more than 20 languages. At present, Justin is at work on a second novel. For the spring 2018 session at Art Omi he is serving as the alumni-in-residence.
Philipp Winkler (Germany, Fiction) March 26-April 9
Philipp grew up in Hagenburg near Hannover and studied Literary Writing in Hildesheim. He spent time abroad in Japan, Kosovo, Albania and Serbia. In 2016, he won the Aspekte Literature Prize for the best German-language debut novel, Hool, which was also shortlisted for the German Book Prize; the book has been translated into multiple languages, adapted for multiple theater productions and audio plays and it's currently being developed as a feature film by X-Filme. Winkler lives in Leipzig.
Lisa Ko (U.S., Fiction) March 26-April 12
Lisa is the author of The Leavers, a novel which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, O. Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She lives in New York City, where she was born.
Bettina Münch (Germany, Translation) April 2-May 3
Bettina is a literary translator and non-fiction writer. She graduated from Philipps-University Marburg, and worked as an editor for two publishing houses before she started translating full-time (and writing part-time). She has translated works by V. S. Naipaul, Joseph Boyden, Leslie Marmon Silko, Tony Hillerman, William Goldman, Wally Lamb, Craig Silvey, Philipp Kerr and, most recently, Rebecca Solnit. Two of Bettina’s translations were nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award. She lives near Frankfurt.
Josip Novakovich (Croatia, Fiction) April 13-May 5
Josip emigrated from Croatia at the age of 20 and now lives in Montreal. He has published a dozen books and his work has been translated into 20 languages. In 2013 he was a Man Booker International Finalist; he has received a Whiting Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other recognitions. His most recent book is Heritage of Smoke, a collection of stories.
Renée Branum (U.S., Fiction/Nonfiction) April 13-May 3
Renée recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana. She received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2013 where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and a recipient of the Prairie Lights Jack Leggett Fiction Prize. Renée’s fiction has appeared in Blackbird, The Long Story, Georgia Review, and Narrative Magazine. Her nonfiction essays have been published in Fields Magazine, Texas Review, True Story, Chicago Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, and The Gettysburg Review. Her essay “Certainty” was awarded first prize in The Los Angeles Review’s Fall 2016 Nonfiction Contest. Her essay “Bolt” received first place recognition in The Florida Review’s 2017 Editors’ Awards. She currently lives Phoenix.
Ladee Hubbard (U.S., Fiction) April 13-May 10
Ladee is a writer from New Orleans. Her short fiction has been published in Callaloo, Beloit Fiction Journal and Crab Orchard Review. She received a BA from Princeton University and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 2016, she was a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award. Her first novel, The Talented Ribkins was published in 2017 and received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Gisela Leal (Mexico, Fiction) April 16-May 12
Gisela is the author of the much-heralded 2012 opera prima The Club of the Abandoned. She published her first novel in 2011 after it was selected as a finalist for the Premio Alfaguara. Gisela has also published The Marvelous and Tragic Art of Dying of Love and Ode to the Solitude and to All That That We Could've Been But We Never Were Because We Are Like This; both were critically acclaimed.
Manuel Becerra (Mexico, Poetry) April 20-May 17
Manuel is the author of Canciones para adolescentes fumando en un claro del bosque and Instrucciones para matar un caballo. His work has being awarded the Ramón López Velarde National Prize for Poetry and the Enriqueta Ochoa National Prize for Poetry. In 2009 and 2010 he held a poetry fellowship for young writers from the Foundation for Mexican Letters. He has presented his writing in Cuba, Canada, Japan and New York, and his work has being translated into English, Italian and French. Manuel was born in Mexico City.
Tishani Doshi (Indian, Poetry/Fiction) Aprl 20-May 20
Tishani is the author of five books of fiction and poetry. At the age of 26, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her first book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the U.K. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu, India, with her husband and three dogs.
Hanna Bervoets (The Netherlands, Fiction/Nonfiction/Film) May 1-23
Hanna writes novels, essays, and screenplays; she is based in Amsterdam. In 2009, she won the Debut of the Year Award for her first novel, Of Hoe Waarom (Or, How, Why). Since then Hanna has written five novels and has been translated into French, German and Turkish. In 2017, she won the BNG Prize for her fifth novel Ivanov, and the F. Kellendonk Prize for her body of work. Hanna is a columnist for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, and writes essays on media, queer culture and representation in a digital age.
Martí Domínguez (Spain, Fiction) May 1-31
Martí is a biologist, writer and journalist. He is a professor at the University of Valencia (Spain) and the editor of Mètode-Science Studies Journal. He has written six novels: the eighteenth-century trilogy (The confidences of Count Buffon; Goethe’s secret and Voltaire’s return), a novel about the French painter Paul Cézanne (The failure), a story about maquis and the resistance against dictator Francisco Franco (The mowing), and finally a satiric novel about the Spanish society (The murderer who loved books). He is now working on a new novel about Nazism, science and genocide. He writes in Catalan.
Nina MacLaughlin (U.S., Nonfiction) May 1-June 1
Nina works as a writer and carpenter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, the Boston Globe, Meatpaper, Opium Magazine, and elsewhere. Her book Hammer Head was translated into four languages and was a finalist for the New England Book Award.
Ida Hegazi Høyer (Norway, Fiction) May 4-June 1
Ida grew up in Oslo, planned on becoming a nurse, studied sociology, and eventually turned to the world of fiction. Since her debut in 2012, she has worked full time as a writer, publishing five novels that have received various awards. Her novel Forgive me won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2015. She lives in Oslo, but spends a lot of time travelling.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria, Fiction) May 4-June 1
Abubakar’s debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms won the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2016. His first book, a collection of short stories called The Whispering Trees, was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize and long-listed for the Etisalat Prize. Abubakar has won the BBC African Prize, among others, and he is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Dart Centre, Civitella Ranieri, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation and the Sylt Foundation.
Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia, Fiction) May 8-17
Liliana has published two collections of short stories: Permanent Vacations and Our Dead World, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Gabriel García Márquez short story award. Her work has been translated to English and Italian, and is currently being translated to Dutch and French. In 2015, she won the International Aura Estrada Prize. In 2017, the Hay Festival included her among the best Latin American writers under 40. Liliana was born in Bolivia and teaches Latin American literature at Cornell University
Amy Sohn (U.S., Fiction/Nonfiction) May 11-June 1
Amy is the author of five novels, including Prospect Park West, Motherland, and The Actress, as well as four works of non-fiction. Her novels have been published in 10 languages. She has been a columnist at the New York Post, New York, and Grazia and her articles have appeared in publications such as The Awl, The Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times. She is currently writing a narrative non-fiction book for Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Edie Meidav (U.S., Fiction/Nonfiction) May 18-June 1
Edie is the author of three award-winning novels, most recently LOLA, CALIFORNIA and a book of short fiction with a nonfiction coda, KINGDOM OF THE YOUNG. Her work and research has been honored by support from foundations such as the Lannan, Whiting, and Howard, as well as by the Bard Fiction Prize, Kafka Prize, and elsewhere. She is on the permanent faculty at the UMass Amherst MFA. She can be found at www.instagram.com/meidav & www.twitter.com/lolacalifoboxrnia.