Hear Omi's Spring 2017 international writers and translators in residence read and share their work with an intimate, live audience. This is the first reading hosted by Writers Omi this year, which provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature.
Distinguished international writers will share their work in the 3rd Floor Gallery above Hudson Wine Merchants on Saturday, April 8th at 5.30pm - 6.30pm. The writers represent 12 countries and a breadth of literary genres that spans fiction, nonfiction, film, theater and translation. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments including wines from around the world will be generously provided by Hudson Wine Merchants.
About the authors:
Nora Gantenbrink (Germany, Fiction/Nonfiction) Since 2013 she has worked as a reporter at STERN magazine. She writes about Hip Hop and social topics; also, award-winning literary short stories. In 2013, her first story collection, Fucked up heart, was published by Rowohlt.
Uche Okonkwo (Nigeria, Fiction) Her stories have been published in The Manchester Anthology, The Ember Journal, Per Contra, Ellipsis, Ploughshares and Lagos Noir. In 2016, Invisible Borders published her essay, “What the Road Offers,” about her experiences on a Trans-Nigerian road trip.
Ly Tran (Vietnam, Nonfiction) Ly was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a political refugee in '93. She studied Writing at Columbia University and is at work on her memoir, entitled House of Sticks, forthcoming from Scribner/Simon & Schuster.
Elsa Vasseur (France, Fiction/Scripts) Born in Paris, Elsa released a volume of when she was eighteen, Le Goût du lait au chocolat (The Taste of Chocolate Milk). After graduating from La Sorbonne, she published her first novel in 2016, L’Heure Bleue (The Blue Hour).
Yewande Omotoso (Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa, Fiction) Yewande's debut novel Bomboy (2011), was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature and won the South African Literary Awards First Time Author Prize. The Woman Next Door (2016) is her second novel.
Tsering Lama (Tibet, Fiction) Tsering is a New York-based Tibetan writer who was born in Kathmandu and grew up in Vancouver. She works as a Storytelling Advisor at Greenpeace International, and is nearly finished with her first novel, The Descent of an Oracle.
Claudia Durastanti (Italy, U.K., Translation, Fiction) Claudia's first novel Un giorno verrò a lanciare sassi alla tua finestra won several prizes and she has published three novels; her writing has been featured in the LA Review of Books and La Repubblica. In 2015, she was the Italian Fellow for Literature at the American Academy in Rome and was selected as one of the best Italian writers under 40.
Freek Mariën (Belgium, Theater) With his theater company Het Kwartier, Freek is working on shows for young people and adults. His texts have won awards -- the Kaas & Kappes Award (best Dutch-German Young People’s Drama, 2012) and the Taalunie Playwriting Prize (2015).