Spring 2017


Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen’s most recent novel, Song of the Shank, won the CLMP Firecracker Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was also nominated for the Dublin Literary Prize. Allen is the author of two other works of fiction, the novel Rails Under My Back, which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the short story collection Holding Pattern, which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Susan Bernofsky

Susan Bernofsky has translated Jenny Erpenbeck, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Yoko Tawada, and Robert Walser, among other writers. She directs the program Literary Translation at Columbia and edited the anthologies In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What it Means, and Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

Frances Bodomo

Frances Bodomo’s short films have played at various film festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, Telluride, SXSW, and Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films. Her work is on view at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, and she is currently developing her first feature film, Afronauts.

Michael Coffey

Michael Coffey is the author of the poetry collections Elemenopy and 87 North, the nonfiction book 27 Men Out: Baseball’s Perfect Games, the novel The Business of Naming Things, and the editor (with Terry Golway) of The Irish in America. He is the former editorial director of Publishers Weekly.

Álvaro Enrigue

Álvaro Enrigue is the author of six books, including Muerte súbita (Sudden Death), which won the Herralde Novel Prize,Decencia (Decency), and La muerte de un instalador (Death of an Insallation Artist). He is the recipient of a Bellagio fellowship and is a former fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library, among other honors.

Joy Garnett

Joy Garnett is a visual artist and writer with a BA in Humanities and Middle East Studies from McGill University and an MFA from City College. Her paintings have been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, MoMA-PS1, Whitney Museum of American Art, among many other museums. Her most recent solo exhibitions were held at Slag Contemporary in Brooklyn (2016) and Platform Gallery, Seattle (2014-15). Garnett was the Arts Editor for Cultural Politics, and has written and lectured extensively about art, copyright and free speech issues. She is currently writing a family memoir about her grandfather, who was an influential Egyptian poet and beekeeper.

Gary Indiana

Gary Indiana is a writer, playwright, filmmaker, and artist. He is the author of seven novels, including Do Everything in the Dark and The Shanghai Gesture, as well as several plays, collections of poetry and nonfiction, and essays in publications from Art in America to Vice. His visual art appeared in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His most recent books are I Can Give You Anything but Love, a memoir, and the story collection Tiny Fish That Only Want to Kiss, just published by Itna Press.

Hadji Johnali

Hadji Johnali studied photography and graphic design in Teheran and at the International Center of Photography in New Yor. He received an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College in 2016. He is recipient of the Bard Grant and Scholarship in 2015 and the Stanley Landsman Fellowship in 2016. His most recent solo shows are Read It Loud at GNYP Artspace in Berlin and Everything Is True at the Kai Matsumiya Gallery in New York.

Katie Merz

Katie Merz has a BA from Cooper Union and has shown at numerous galleries and museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, Egg Collective, Ferro-Strouse Gallery, Pierogi, and Jack Tilton Gallery. She has received grants from the Pollack Krasner Foundation and the Oberman Center, among others, and taught drawing at Cooper Union from 2005–2014.

Barney Rosset

Barney Rosset was the founder of both the Evergreen Review and Grove Press. Among the hundreds of acclaimed writers he published are Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, Marguerite Duras, Kenzaburō Ōe, Pablo Neruda, and Susan Sontag. His publications of Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer are landmark events in the history of the First Amendment. Rosset’s memoir Rosset: My Life in Publishing, and How I Fought Censorship is available from OR Books.

Jade Sharma

Jade Sharma’s first novel, Problems, was published by Emily Books in 2016. Publishers Weekly to be one of the best books of the year. Of its protagonist, the New York Times wrote, “Maya is as horrible, and as fully human, as men in literature have always been allowed to be.” Sharma holds an MFA in writing from the New School.

Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada is a Japanese-German novelist who writes in both languages. Her books include Where Europe Begins, The Bridgegroom Was a Dog, and the forthcoming Memoirs of a Polar Bear. She has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal, among other honors.

Natasha Wimmer

Natasha Wimmer has translated Robert Bolaño, Pedro Juan Gutierrez, Laura Restrepo, and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others. Her translation of Bolaño’s 2666 won the National Book Award for best novel in 2008. She also won the PEN Translation Prize in 2009, and received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Anthony Young

Anthony Young is an artist based in Prince George's County, Maryland, whose work has been profiled in the Boston Globe. In the fall of 2013, Young earned his B.F.A from Frostburg State University.

Ye Qin Zhu

Ye Qin Zhu makes sculptures, functional objects, installations, paintings, text and media arts. From 2014 - 2016 he co-created and co-managed an art school called Redwood Art Studio. With an emphasis on exploration and personal growth, the school taught drawing and painting to the kids in the community he grew up in, Sunset Park (Brooklyn). In 2012, Ye Qin co-created Socotra Studio, an ongoing collaborative design and build project exploring material property, ritual, craft, and function in the objects they made. From 2008 - 2012 and 2016 - present, Ye Qin is the Program Coordinator of Art Palestine International, a 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Palestinian art. His book of watercolors, prose and poems titled Sculptures of Arhat, will be out Summer 2017.