Writers Omi at Ledig House
Spring Residents – 2016
Christopher Kloeble (Germany, Fiction) March 25 - April 14
Christopher is a German novelist and scriptwriter. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Juergen Ponto-Stiftung Prize for "Best Debut" and the ABU Prize for "Best TV Drama," and he has held teaching assignments and residencies in Germany, the U.S., the U.K. and India. His last novel, Almost Everything Very Fast, was published in February 2016 in the U.S., and his new novel will come out in Germany later this year. Kloeble lives in Berlin and New Delhi.
Rachel Cantor (U.S., Fiction) March 25 - April 14
Rachel is the author of the novels Good on Paper and A Highly Unlikely Scenario. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Fence, and Antioch Review. She has received fellowships from Writers Omi at Ledig House, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Djerassi, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is finishing another novel.
Joanne Wang (U.S./Translation) March 25 - April 17
Joanne was born in Beijing and studied English literature at Fudan University in Shanghai. She began her career in publishing in New York after earning a MA in history. As a translator and editor, Joanne has had more than twenty Chinese books published in the U.S. She has also worked with independent filmmakers to produce a documentary film about the writer/artist Mu Xin whose writings are her current translation project. Joanne started a literary agency in 2000.
Fikry El Azzouzi (Morocco/Belgium, Fiction/Theatre) March 25 - April 21
Flemish-Moroccan author Fikry debuted in 2010 with the novel Het Schapenfeest (The Feast of the Sheep), the story of eleven-year-old Ayoub, who has to go with this father to help slaughter a sheep for the Feast of the Sacrifice, but devises the most inventive strategies to avoid doing so. Fikry is also a columnist and writes for the theatre. He was awarded the 65th Ark Prize of the Free Word, an award presented for individuality and boldness.
Joshua Furst (U.S., Fiction) March 25 - April 28
Joshua is the author of the novel The Sabotage Café and the story collection Short People. His fiction has been published in numerous periodicals, including The Chicago Tribune, Salon, BOMB and Conjunctions. He is a contributing editor at the Jewish Daily Forward and teaches at Columbia University and The New School.
Susanne Hoebel (U.K./Translation) April 1 - 28
Susanne has been working as a translator of fiction for over twenty-five years, translating works by authors such as Nadine Gordimer, David Guterson, John Updike, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe and Graham Swift. Her most recent project is the translation of Claire Vaye Watkin′s novel GoldFameCitrus. She is also one of the judges for the translation prizes of the Heinrich Maria Ledig Rowohlt Stiftung that are awarded each year for translations of works of fiction and poetry into German. Susanne is German and lives mainly in Sussex, England.
Nicola Keegan (U.S., Fiction) April 1 - 28
Born in Ireland, raised in Iowa, Nicola wrote her first novel Swimming in her kitchen in Paris. She's at Omi finishing her second novel based on epigenetics, screwed up families with a dark & drinky past, and what it's like trying to become a popular, well-adjusted American.
Brenda Lozano (Mexico/Fiction) April 1 - 28
Brenda is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in several anthologies. She studied Latin American literature, and has had various writing residencies abroad. She edits the Spanish-language fiction in translation section of MAKE literary magazine. Todo nada is her first novel - which is currently being adapted for the cinema - and Cuaderno ideal is her second. In 2015, she was named by Conaculta, Hay Festival and the British Council as "one of the most important Mexican writers under 40." She currently lives and works in Mexico City.
Mayela Gerhardt (Mexico/Germany, Translation) April 8 - 28
Mayela was born in Mexico and grew up in Costa Rica and Germany. She lives in Barcelona and works as a literary translator from English, French and Spanish to German. She has translated works by authors such as Gary Shteyngart, Margo Lanagan, Michel Déon, Gaëlle Josse, and Didier Daeninckx.
Catherine Lacey (U.S., Fiction) April 15 - May 5
Catherine's first novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, was a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, winner of the 2015 Debutlitzer and has been or is being translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German. Her second novel is forthcoming in 2017 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has published short fiction and essays in The New York Times, AFAR, Oxford American, McSweeney's Quarterly, Guernica, Granta and elsewhere. She was born in Mississippi and lives in Brooklyn.
Lidia Bravo (Spain, Poetry) April 22 - May 5
Lidia has published two books of poetry, Las Enamoradas and Perder la muerte. She also translated the novel Holy Smoke by Anna and Jane Campion into Spanish. Her work has been included in the collection of essays No sabe andar despacio and in the selection Los mejores poemas de amor desde Quevedo hasta nuestros días.
Bettina Abarbanell (Germany, Translation) April 22 – May 12
After completing her studies of English and French language and literature in Germany and abroad, Bettina worked in the German publishing business for a few years. In 1996 she started off as a freelance translator and got hooked. Her list of authors includes F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Jackson, Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, and Rachel Kushner. She has been awarded several prizes, among them the Heinrich-Maria-Ledig-Rowohlt Prize for Literary Translation in 2014.
Nayana Currimbhoy (U.S./India, Fiction/Nonfiction) April 29 - May 12
Nayana grew up in India and moved to the United States in the early eighties. She has published three nonfiction books: Indira, a biography of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; Living In Deserts, a book of cultural geography; and Entrances, a design book. Her most recent work is a novel, Miss Timmins' School for Girls published in the U.S. and India in 2011. Nayana is currently writing her second novel.
Violeta Tauragiene (Lithuania, Translaiton) April 29 - June 3
Violeta earned a Masters degree from Latvian State University in 1966 and a PhD from Vilnius State University in 1982. She worked for Lithuanian TV and as an editor for the magazine Domains of Culture. Violeta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages at Vilnius University of Technology. Since 1970 she has translated American, English, French, and Italian authors into Lithuanian. She has been a member of Lithuanian Writers Association since 1994, and a member of Lithuanian Translators Association since 2005.
Arshia Sattar (India, Translation/Nonfiction) May 3 - 22
Arshia has been working with classical Indian texts for over thirty years. She is a translator from Sanskrit to English and a teacher of Indian literatures. She runs the Sangam House International Writers' residency program near Bangalore in southern India, which she founded after her first experience at Omi.
Susanne Kippenberger (Germany, Nonfiction) May 4 - May 26
Susanne studied German literature and American Studies at Tübingen University and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She also studied Film Studies at New York University on a Fulbright fellowship. Since 1989, she has been working with the daily paper Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin as one of the editors of the weekend supplement. In 2007 she published her first book Kippenberger: The Artist and his Families (translated into English in 2012), a biography of her artist-brother Martin; followed by a book on the culinary bohème, which she worked on at Ledig House in 2009 and another biography, of Jessica Mitford and her sisters, in 2014.
Paul La Farge (U.S., Fiction) May 6 - 19
Paul is the author of three novels, most recently Luminous Airplanes, and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. He is the recipient of two California Book Awards and the Bard Fiction Prize, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Niloufar Talebi (U.S./U.K./Iran, Translation/Poetry/Theatre) May 6 - June 3
Niloufar is a writer, award-winning translator, and theater artist. Born in London to Iranian parents, she was educated on three continents. Her projects include: Editor/Translator of Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (2008), translator of Vis & I (forthcoming 2017), creator/performer of Midnight Approaches (2006), ICARUS/RISE (2007), The Persian Rite of Spring (2010), and librettist of Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels) (2011), The Investment (2014), The Disinherited (2014), The Plentiful Peach (2015), Epiphany (2015). Her work has been published by World Literature Today, Two Lines, Rattapallax, and Poetry International, and commissioned by and presented at Carnegie Hall, Stanford Live, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Translation Fellowship.
Edward Gauvin (U.S. Translation/Fiction) May 6 - June 3
Two-time winner of the John Dryden Translation prize, Edward has received fellowships from the NEA, PEN, the CNL, ALTA, and the French Embassy. His books include Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud's selected stories, A Life on Paper, winner of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and Jean Ferry's The Conductor and Other Tales. His work has been nominated for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and the Best Translated Book Award. Other publications have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Subtropics, Conjunctions, and World Literature Today. In 2010, he was a Fulbright scholar in Brussels, and was recently a resident at the Château de Seneffe.
Laura van den Berg (U.S., Fiction) May 9 - 16
Laura is the author of the novel Find Me and the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Award.
Lucas Hirsch (Netherlands, Poetry) May 13 - June 3
Lucas is the author of four collections of poems, 'familie gebiedt', 'tastzin', 'Dolhuis' and 'Ontsla me van alles wat ik liefheb'. Hirsch published his poems in Dutch, Belgian and American magazines and performed on stages in The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA. In 2009 and 2012 Lucas was a special guest at The Green Mill Jazz & Poetry Club in Chicago. In 2007, he founded a literary production company called 'Kleine Revolutie Producties,' with which he organizes literary events around Haarlem. Hirsch is working on a fifth book of poetry and his first novel. In September 2013 Lucas became Poet Laureate for Museum De Hallen in Haarlem.
Chika Unigwe (Nigeria, Fiction) May 13 - June 3
Chika is the author of On Black Sisters Street and Night Dancer. She has published fiction in several journals and written opinion pieces for the Guardian, Al Jazeera and the New York Times.
Angie Cruz (US/Dominican Republic, Fiction) May 27 - June 3
Angie is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of two novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including Callaloo, The New York Times, and South Central Review. She has received numerous grants including NYFA Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Yaddo, and The Macdowell Colony. She is one of the founding members of National Book Foundation's Bookup and Editor/Founder of Aster(ix), a literary/arts journal. She is at work on her third novel, Dominicana.