Now in residence

Laurent PEREZ, France

(in residence from August 22 to November 21)

Born in 1980, former teacher trained as a historian, Laurent Perez has made writing his main activity since several years. Alongside various personal projects, including a biographical essay on Jean Arp published in 2016, he founded the journal La Lecture in 2011 and later became a regular contributor to the books section of the journal Artpress and occasionally to Alsatian journals like Poly and Les Saisons d’Alsace. He also works as a literary and audio-visual translator.



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.



Alain Serge DZOTAP, Cameroon

(in residence from September 19 to November 21)

Alain Serge Dzotap was born on 18 September 1978 in Bafoussam in Cameroon. That much is certain. But he doesn’t know the exact time. He read his first stories in books in primary school. He hasn’t stopped reading them since, in various forms from all over the world. He now has a few of his own stories written in French, English and Chinese, and hopes one day to see them translated into Antelope, cobbles on the street or Elephant, three original languages.




(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.



Sika FAKAMBI, France

(in residence from October 3 to 24) 

Born in Benin in 1976, Sika Fakambi is a literary translator; she has lived in Ouidah, Cotonou, Paris, Dublin, Sydney, Toronto, Montreal, and now lives in Nantes. In 2014, her translation of the novel by Nii Ayikwei Parkes Notre quelque part, published by Zulma, won the Prix Baudelaire and the Prix Laure Batallion. Zulma subsequently published the anthology Snapshots and the collection Love is Power, ou quelque chose comme ça by A. Igoni Barrett. She then took on the translation of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. In 2017, she created “Corp/us”, a collection published by Isabelle Sauvage.

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