Now in residence



Jocelyne DESVERCHÈRE, France

(in residence from February 6 to March 6)

Jocelyne Desverchère lives in Paris. As an actress, she has worked in cinema with, among others, Olivier Assayas, Brigitte Sy, Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu, Olivier Peyon, Valérie Mréjen, Laurent Larivière, Yann Le Quellec, for television with Denys Granier-Deferre, Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa, Siegrid Alnoy, and in theatre with Redjep Mitrovitsa, Carlo Brandt and Anne-Marie Lazarini. She directed two short films, Je suis une amoureuse and Un petit d’homme. She is the author of two novels published by P.O.L, Première à éclairer la nuit (2016) and Simon (2018).



Sylvain MAESTRAGGI, France

(in residence from February 6 to March 11)

Born in 1974, Sylvain Maestraggi studied philosophy and directed Histoires nées de la solitude (2009), a film inspired by texts by Walter Benjamin. He also published two books of photographs: Marseille, fragments d’une ville (2013) and Waldersbach (2014). In 2016, he co-wrote with Christine Breton Mais de quoi ont-ils eu si peur? for which he translated texts by Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch and Siegfried Kracauer. He is also a member of the hiking group “Le Voyage métropolitain”.




(in residence from February 6 to March 11)

Born in 1973, Elisabeth Monteiro Rodrigues lives and works in Paris. After completing her studies in the History of the Ancient Near East, she turned to the book trade. She worked for the Portuguese and Brazilian bookstore Michel Chandeigne from 2000 to 2015. She is a literary translator of Portuguese-speaking authors such as Teolinda Gersão, João Ricardo Pedro, Valério Romão, Manuel Rui or Noémia de Sousa. Since 2005, she has also been translating the works of Mozambique author Mia Couto. She won the Grand Prix de traduction de la ville d’Arles 2018 for the book by Valério Romão, Da Família / De la famille (Chandeigne publishing).



Fatin ABBAS, United States / Sudan

(in residence from February 6 to March 13)

Fatin Abbas was born in Sudan and grew up in the United States. Her first novel, The Interventionists, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Her short fiction has appeared in Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, The Warwick Review, and Friction, and her journalism and essays have appeared in Die Zeit, Le Monde diplomatique, and The Nation. Her awards include a Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship, a Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize, and an Arc Artist Residency, among others. 



Sacha FILIPENKO, Belarus

(in residence from February 6 to April 3)

Sasha Filipenko, born in 1984, is a Belorussian author currently living in St Petersburg and writing in Russian. Author of four novels: Former Son, Conceptions, Harassment, and Red Cross. Winner of the Russian Prize (2014), the Znamya magazine Prize (2014), and the SNOB Prize, short-listed for the top literary prizes such as the Big Book and the Booker. His style is laconic, vigorous, and visual. Red Cross was recently published in French.



Laurent CAUWET, France

(in residence from February 6 to April 24)

As an editor, Laurent Cauwet founded in 1994 the publishing company Al Dante, where he has kept his role as editorial manager. An independent entity until 2018, Al Dante has since become a collection within Les presses du réel. Its catalogue includes contemporary poetry and writing as well as reflexive texts on esthetics and politics.

He is the author of La domestication de l’art (La fabrique, 2017) and Les 100 mots des Arts déco (PUF, 2017).



Rana DASGUPTA, Royaume-Uni

(in residence from February 13 to April 24)

Born in Canterbury in 1971, Rana Dasgupta studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books have won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award and the Prix Émile Guimet, among others. He is Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at Brown University, and the Literary Director of India’s most prestigious literary award: the JCB Prize for Literature. 

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