Jhumpa Lahiri to be Writer in Residence for Summer 2013
John Cabot University is proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri as this year’s Writer in Residence at the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation, to be held from May 20th to June 21st.
Ms Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. Her novel The Namesake expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity.
Born in London, Lahiri moved to Rhode Island as a young child with her Bengali parents. Her abilities to convey cultural conflicts in the most immediate fashion and to achieve the voices of many different characters are among the unique qualities that have captured the attention of a wide audience.
Alongside the Pulitzer Prize, Jhumpa Lahiri also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize (for the short story “Interpreter of Maladies”), the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. Lahiri was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006.
Since its founding in 2009, John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation has quickly become a thriving community of and for writers in Rome. With workshops in the major genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) and literary translation, the Institute is the place for creative writing students to spend serious time on their writing as they get to know the Eternal City.
In 2010, the Institute hosted Mark Strand as Poet in Residence and Simon Mawer as Novelist in Residence. In 2011, Charles Wright was the Poet in Residence, and Dorothy Allison was the Novelist in Residence. In 2012, the Poet in Residence was former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and the Novelist in Residence was the award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates.
Learn more about the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.