R187. Literary Citizens of the World: The Practical Side of Writing Abroad

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What does it mean to be a US writer abroad in the era of Trump? More practically: how do you find grants to go abroad? Once there, how do you engage with the literary community and act as a good literary citizen, even across language barriers? How do you stay connected and make sure your work stays relevant in the US? Five writers who have led successful writing careers in the US while living and working abroad share their thoughts on these and other questions.



Emily Robbins is the author of the novel A Word for Love, inspired by her time as a Fulbright Fellow in Syria. She has written about Syria for the New York Times and received a second Fulbright Fellowship for Creative Writing in Jordan. She is a member of Oslo's Litteraturhuset.

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of two books of poetry, The Wug Test, which was selected for the National Poetry Series, and Awayward. She cotranslated Empty Chairs, poems by Chinese writer Liu Xia, and The Acrobat, poems by Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. She edits Circumference Books.

Jennifer Steil is a novelist, memoirist, and journalist. Her third book, a novel about Austrian Jewish refugees in Bolivia, is forthcoming from Viking. Previous work includes The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, the tale of her tenure as editor of a Yemeni newspaper, and the novel The Ambassador's Wife.

Moira Egan’s seventh poetry collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize. Work has appeared in anthologies and journals on four continents. With Damiano Abeni, she has published volumes in Italian by Ashbery, Bender, Ferlinghetti, Lerner, Simic, Strand, Charles Wright, and Ocean Vuong.

Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from Arabic. Her fourth book-length translation, a novel set amid the Syrian Civil War, is forthcoming from Harvill Secker. She also teaches translation, and is Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association.


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