Now in residence


Violaine BEROT, France

(in residence from September 5 to December 19) 

Violaine Bérot, 50 years old, 6 novels. Her life and writing have been inextricably linked throughout her career. She uses her feminine emotions, feelings and intuition when she writes. Born in the Pyrenees, she was attracted to city life for a while before her inner wild child quickly took her back to her roots. She has left modernity and development behind in favour of farming and the simple life. She reflects on what it means to live in today’s world and writes about our misguided ways.




(in residence from September 19 to December 19)

The author of two chapbooks, All night in the new country (Sixteen Rivers) and Pact-Blood, Fevergrass (Ricochet Editions), Miriam Bird Greenberg, born in 1980, recently published In the Volcano’s Mouth, winner of the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, as well as the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she lives in Berkeley where for many years she collaboratively developed site-specific performances for very small audiences. She’s at work on a manuscript of ethnographically-derived poetry about economic migrants and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.



Eliza ROBERTSON, Canada

(in residence from September 19 to December 19)

Eliza Robertson, born in 1987, studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor’s choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this fall.



Bilia BAH, Guinea

(in residence from November 12 to December 19)

Born in 1980, the writer and journalist Bilia Bah discovered drama through “guerrilla theatre” before taking part in writing workshops in Conakry and Cotonou. He won a place on the Artist Residencies Visas for Creation in 2008 and completed residency programs in France and Burkina. He has directed the La Muse theatre company since 2012 as well as the Univers des mots festival, which welcomes and supports French-speaking artists all over the world. He lives in Guinea where he still writes for forum theatre.



Denis MICHELIS, France

(in residence from November 28 to December 19)

Born in 1980 in Germany, Denis Michelis moved to France when he was six years old and is therefore bilingual. He studied literature, English and journalism before working as a TV reporter for Arte for ten years. In 2013, he decided to give everything up and to write a novel, which was published the following year. He also started working as a translator. He had two novels published to date – La chance que tu as (Stock, 2014) and Le bon fils (Notabilia, 2016) – and a third is planned for 2018, along with four translations.

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