Now in residence
Piotr SOMMER, Poland
(in residence from 8 July to 16 December)
Born in 1948, the poet, English-to-Polish translator and essayist Piotr Sommer holds an MA in English from the University of Warsaw. Since 1994, he has served as the editor of Literatura na Świecie, a journal of foreign writing in Polish translation. He has published numerous collections of poetry (which have been translated into English, German, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovenian) and is the recipient of the 1988 Kościelski Prize. Two collections of his work have been brought out for English readers, Continued (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) and Things to Translate and Other Poems (Dufour Editions, 1992). He has also published collections of essays on poetry and poetry anthologies, and translated into Polish the work of a number of major poets, including John Ashbery, Bertolt Brecht, John Cage, Seamus Heaney, and Charles Reznikoff.
Oksana ZABUZHKO, Ukraine
(in residence from 13 August from 25 september)
Oksana Zabuzhko (born in 1960) is one of Ukraine’s major writers and public intellectuals. She is the author of over twenty books (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and is internationally known thanks to her novels Field Work in Ukrainian Sex (Amazon Crossing, 2011; original Ukrainian edition, 1996) and The Museum of Abandoned Secrets (Amazon Crossing, 2012; original Ukrainian edition, 2009). Her books have been translated into sixteen languages and have won her many awards, including a MacArthur Grant, the Angelus Central European Literary Prize, and the Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. Oksana uses a feminist lens to examine Ukrainian identity and the mark made by history.
Francesca Ilaria FAIELLA, Italy
(in residence from 24 August from 30 September)
A state-certified (HMONP) architect, Francesca Ilaria Faiella is also a graduate of the Paolo Grassi School of Dramatic Arts in Milan. As an actress and director, she has produced several films and plays both at home and abroad. She uses the new technologies and contemporary playwriting to pursue her interest in urban geography and oral history. She curated the exhibition Casa Garibaldi, una storia levantina and assisted William Karel on his film for Arte, François Mitterrand, que reste-t-il de nos amours ? (2016).
Célia HOUDART, France
(in residence from 1 to 30 September)
After studying literature and philosophy and working ten years as a theatre director, Célia Houdart began writing full time. She is the author of five novels, all published by P.O.L. Since 2008 she has also been working with Sébastien Roux on audio works that they present as installation art or sound experiences. She was awarded the French Academy’s 2008 Prix Henri de Régnier for her first novel Les merveilles du monde, and the Prix Françoise Sagan in 2012. Her novel Quarry (Dalkey Archive Press, 2020) is available for English readers.
Anna BIKONT, Poland
(in residence from 2 September to 28 October)
The Polish journalist and nonfiction writer Anna Bikont cofounded and edited the underground weekly Tygodnik Mazowsze, which was associated with the Solidarity movement when martial law gripped the country from 1981 to 1989. In 1989 she was one of the cofounders of Gazeta Wyborcza, the first independent daily in post-Communist Europe. Her book My z Jedwabnego has been translated into many languages; the French edition (Le crime et le silence) took the European Book Prize in 2011. The English-language edition of the book, The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) was published in 2015. In 2017, she received a doctorate honoris causa from Gothenburg University.