American Library in Paris Writer-in-Residence

The American Library in Paris Writer-in-Residence program was created in 2018 to foster cultural and artistic exchange between prominent writers and the Library community. The Library will select a writer for a short-term residency that will provide a unique opportunity for engagement. This residency is made possible through the generous support of the de Groot Foundation.

The Writer-in-Residence receives a $3,000 stipend. The award, to be spent at the author’s discretion, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the residency.

The Writer-in-Residence is expected to:

  • Be present in Paris during the entire period of the residency.
  • Present one hour-long evening program at the Library on a mutually agreed upon topic.
  • Conduct at least one workshop on writing or a mutually agreed upon topic.
  • Participate in a Library reception.
  • Appropriately acknowledge the Library and the Writer-in-Residence program in publications and print media related to the residency.

Please note that we do not accept applications for the Writer-in-Residence position. Please see our Visiting Fellowship page to learn whether you might be eligible for this opportunity, for which we do accept proposals. This year’s deadline is 15 February 2020.

Writer-in-Residence Amanda Gorman (summer 2020)

At 22, Amanda Gorman is heralded as “the next great figure in American poetry.” Amanda made history in 2017 by being named the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a recent graduate of Harvard, where she studied Sociology. Since publishing a poetry collection at 16, her writing has won her invitations to the Obama White House and to perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and others. Amanda has performed 4th of July and Thanksgiving poems for CBS and she has spoken at events and venues across the country, including the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center. She has received a Genius Grant from OZY Media, as well as recognition from Scholastic Inc., YoungArts, the Glamour magazine College Women of the Year Awards, and the Webby Awards. She currently writes for the New York Times newsletter The Edit and recently signed a two-book deal with Viking (a division of Penguin Random House) after a bidding war involving eight publishers. Most recently, she traveled to Slovenia with Prada as a reporter on the company’s latest sustainability project, and penned the manifesto for Nike’s 2020 Black History Month campaign. She is the youngest board member of 826 National, the largest youth writing network in the United States.

Centennial Writer-in-Residence Geraldine Brooks (March 2020)

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels and three works of non fiction, including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner, March, and the New York Times Bestsellers, People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing, The Secret Chord and the international bestsellers Year of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire, which was translated into more than seventeen languages. For more than a decade, she  was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, and she covered conflicts in the Mideast, Africa and the Balkans.  Born and raised in Sydney, she married the American historian and journalist Tony Horwitz in Tourrettes-sur-Loup. She now lives on the island of Marthas’s Vineyard and has two sons.

Previous Writers-in-Residence

Viet Thanh Nguyen (Writer-in-Residence July 2018) is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer was published in 2015 and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association. He is also the author of a collection of short stories in 2017 entitled The Refugees as well as a work of non-fiction Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in 2016.

In addition to teaching and writing, Nguyen also serves as culture critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times and is co-director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) which stages film and literary festivals and events that center around the voices of Vietnamese in the diaspora.

Nguyen presented his edited collection of essays The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives on Wednesday 4 July at 19h30 2018. He also led two masterclass workshops.

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