Art OMI

October 28, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Readers include!
October 28, 7pm

Kim Roberts (U.S., Poetry) Kim is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston, and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method. She co-edits the journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence 18 times. Poems of hers have been featured in the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas Project, on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Project, and on podcasts sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her website: http://www.kimroberts.org

Caleb Ozovehe Ajinomoh (Nigeria, Fiction) Ajinomoh took Hemingway’s words literally and quit journalism in 2015 to become – you’ll never guess – a full time writer. The universe has been kinder to him than most in that he’s been privileged since then to put fiction in Split Lip, adda, AFREADA, Catapult, The Offing, and recently, memoir in the nonfiction anthology of the Goethe-Institute Literary Exchange program. He has a bizarre reading taste in fiction – think Edith Wharton and Willkie Collins – and, tragically, in what he writes. Bearing that in mind, you must weigh carefully before cheering at news that he is at work on a novel and a story collection is nearly complete. When he’s not on twitter @queerpants, he lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Miral Al-Tahawy (Egypt, Fiction) Miral is an award-winning Egyptian novelist, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Arizona State University and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at A.S.U. Her novels include: The Tent, The Blue Aubergine, Gazelle Tracks and Brooklyn Heights.

Daniela Janjic (Switzerland, Theater) Daniela was born in Mostar and grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Switzerland. Her first play, Yellow Days, premiered during the Swiss author’s workshop “Dramenprozessor”; it was performed throughout Switzerland and internationally. She has since received several invitations including the festival “World Interplay”, the author’s workshop at the Burgtheater Wien and from renowned theaters such as the Münchner Kammerspiele. Daniela completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the Swiss Literature Institute and studied playwrighting and screenwriting at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her production, Death to My Hometown, which marked her directorial debut, was performed at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin.

Sara Greenslit (U.S., Nonfiction) Sara is a writer and a small animal veterinarian from Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of As If a Bird Flew By Me, winner of the FC2 Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Blue of Her Body, winner of Starcherone’s Innovative Fiction Prize. Her essays have recently appeared in Fourth Genre, Western Humanities Review, Hobart, Bat City, Kestrel and Cordella. She earned an MFA in poetry from Penn State and a DVM from the University of Wisconsin.

Maija Mäkinen (U.S., Translation/Nonfiction) Maija is a Finnish-born writer and translator. Her writings on place, belonging and immigrant memories, along with her literary translations, have been featured in SAND Journal, Gulf Coast, LA Review, Transnational Literature, anglistica AION, and publications in Finland. She is recipient of the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University.

Glaydah Namukasa (Uganda, Fiction)
Glaydah is a Ugandan midwife and writer. She holds a degree in Community Psychology. She is the author of one novel, The Deadly Ambition, and a young adult novella, Voice of a Dream, which was awarded the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa in 2006. Her short stories are published in anthologies in Uganda, South Africa, the UK, the US and Sweden. She is the recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency 2013, IWP Fellowship, University of Iowa, and an alumnus of Art Omi. She has completed her latest novel.

Gianni Skaragas (Greece, Fiction/Theater/Film) Gainni is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. A law school dropout, he had his debut mystery novel adapted for television at 25 years of age. He writes in both English and Greek. His English short stories appear in various American literary magazines. His short fiction explores questions of trauma, courage and faith, creating a chronicle of ordinary people in an era of sweeping change and economic crisis. The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will present his play, The Lady of Ro, as part of the 2019/2020 season. In 2018 he was awarded the Copper Nickel Editors’ Prize in Fiction (University of Colorado). For the fall 2018 session at Art Omi he is serving as the alumni-in-residence.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,