The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Visiting Fellowship Program is sponsored by The de Groot Foundation.
The Visiting Fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris while participating actively in the life of the American Library. Fellowship applicants should be working on a book project, fiction or nonfiction, or a feature-length documentary film, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests. To learn more or to apply for a fellowship, please visit the American Library in Paris website.
Congratulations to the 2023-24 Visiting Fellows!
The Visiting Fellowship Program provides writers with the ability to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library.
The 2023-24 Visiting Fellows are Christian Campbell and Adam Shatz.
Christian Campbell is the author of Running the Dusk (2010), which won the UK’s Aldeburgh Prize, among other awards. Campbell studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and his work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, the Guardian, Small Axe, the Financial Times and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Arvon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and elsewhere, and delivered the annual Derek Walcott Lecture for the Nobel Laureate Festival in St. Lucia. He was most recently a Matakyev Fellow at ASU’s Center for the Imagination at the Borderlands; a visiting writer at the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland; and Visiting Fellow in Race and Ethnicity at Brown University.
Adam Shatz is the US editor of the London Review of Books, and a contributor to the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination (May, 2023), and The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon (January, 2024). A visiting professor at Bard College, Shatz is the host of a podcast, Myself with Others, and a former fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Leon Levy Center for Biography.
In response to the high number of outstanding candidates for the Visiting Fellowship, the Selection Committee created the Scholar of Note distinction to acknowledge exceptional applicants.
The 2023-24 Scholars of Note are Vanessa Onwuemezi, Lauren Oyler, and Tess Lewis.
Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London. Her work has appeared in Granta, Prototype, frieze and Five Dials. Her story ‘At the Heart of Things’ won the White Review Short Story Prize 2019.
Lauren Oyler is an American author and critic based in Berlin, Germany. She has co-written two books with Alyssa Mastromonaco and has ghostwritten for other people as well. Her debut novel, Fake Accounts, was published in February 2021.
Tess Lewis is an American translator, writer, and essayist. She is best known for her translation of French author Christine Angot’s novel, Incest, which was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and her translation of Austrian poet and novelist Maja Haderlap’s novel Angel of Oblivion, which was awarded the 2017 PEN Translation Prize, the Austrian Cultural Forum NY Translation Prize, and was nominated for the BTBA.