Now in residence
Frank SMITH, France
(in residence from September 11 to December 18)
A “linguistic craftsman”, Frank Smith is a writer, a poet, a video artist and filmmaker living between Paris and Los Angeles. He is represented by the Analix Forever Gallery in Geneva. Frank Smith is also the creator of the Bureau d’investigations poétiques, from which he explores the contemporary connections and disconnections between poetry, politics and image, through books, films, installations, exhibitions and performances. He has published a dozen books so far, including Guantanamo (Les Figues Press, 2014), which was judged the best poetry book of 2014 by the US-based Huffington Post.
Jean HEGLAND, United States
(in residence from September 18 to November 20)
Jean Hegland was born in 1956 and raised in Pullman, Washington. She and her husband live now in the forests of northern California, where her pastimes include beekeeping. She is the author of the novels Into the Forest (Bantam Books, 1997), Windfalls (Atria, 2004) and Still Time (Arcade, 2015); as well as a book of nonfiction, The life within: celebration of a pregnancy (Humana, 1991). Into the Forest has been translated into a dozen languages, adapted as a film and a graphic novel.
Camille DE TOLEDO, France
(in residence from September 27 to October 30)
Camille de Toledo was born in 1976. He studied literature, law and history at the Institut d’études politiques of Paris, the London School of Economics, and then the Tisch School of New York. In 2004, he obtained a grant from the Villa Médicis in Rome. He is the author of five novels, four essays and one poetry book with publishers such as Gallimard, Le Seuil and Verdier. His last novel, Herzl : une histoire européenne, was published in 2018 by Denoël.
Isaac YUEN, Canada
(in residence from October 2 to 30)
A first-generation Chinese-Canadian, Isaac Yuen has published his fiction and creative nonfiction in Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Zoomorphic, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Tin House Flash Fridays, Orion, and others. He is the creator of Ekostories, an essay blog that connects narrative to themes of nature, culture, and self. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory, and is currently working on his first short story collection.
Michaela VIESER, Germany
(in residence from October 9 to December 16)
Michaela Vieser is a storyteller and author, publishing books of fiction and nonfiction and radio features. A “topic explorer”, she applies a method of extended research, combining information from the sensual as well as the scientific world. As a SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) graduate she studied Japanese Language, Culture and Arts, and she also lived for a year in a Japanese Buddhist monastery, to learn the Way of Calligraphy, Sword-fighting, and Tea.
Adrien GYGAX, Switzerland
(in residence from October 16 to December 18)
Born in Lausanne in 1989, Adrien Gygax grew up in Mont-la-Ville at the foot of the Jura and studied sociology. Since the release of his first novel, Aux noces de nos petites vertus, published in 2017 by Cherche-Midi, he has devoted himself to writing. His next work Se réjouir de la fin, is to be published by Grasset.