Writers in Residence Program
The Harriman Institute’s Writer in Residence Program brings renowned writers from Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe to Columbia for an extended visit. The initiative was launched in 2013 by graduate students from the Department of Slavic Languages eager to discuss literature with living authors from the region. Writers in Residence teach a short course, meet with students and faculty, and participate in special public events that allow the writer to present their work to a broader audience and to facilitate a cross-cultural dialogue.
Fall 2022 Writer in Residence
Georgi Gospodinov (aka Georgi Gospodinov Georgiev) is a writer, poet, and playwright based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The New Yorker’s Garth Greenwell has described him as a “trickster at heart, and often very funny,” while Dave Eggers has called him “one of Europe’s most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists.” Gospodinov holds the Angelus Central European Literature Award and the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature; he was a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Library in 2017-18. The Physics of Sorrow (Open Letter, 2011), shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize, reaffirmed Gospodinov’s place as one of Europe’s most inventive and daring writers. The Guardian’s reviewer of Time Shelter (Liveright, 2022), translated by Angela Rodel, writes: “From communism to the Brexit referendum and conflict in Europe, this funny yet frightening Bulgarian novel explores the weaponization of nostalgia.” Gospodinov is teaching a 4-week graduate seminar on "Reading Childhood, Writing Childhood: The East European Case" (GR6102) on Fridays in September. Photo by Kostadin Krustev