Comparative Literature and English

E. Tracy Grinnell Named Paris Writer in Residence for 2022


E. Tracy Grinnell

The American University of Paris (AUP), the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Cultural Center) in Paris, and the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture (PSAC) are pleased to announce that E. Tracy Grinnell has been appointed to the fourth Paris Writer’s Residency. We look forward to welcoming her to the French capital to work with students at both our universities and to join our community of writers this October.

E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry, Hell Figures (Nightboat Books), which was a finalist for the Firecracker Award in Poetry; portrait of a lesser subject (elis press); Some Clear Souvenir (O Books); and music or forgetting (O Books). She is also, along with Isabelle Garron, translator of way by Leslie Scalapino into French (Éditions Corti). Her poetry, essays and visual art have also appeared in a wide range of collections and publications, including BAX 2016: Best American Experimental Writing, edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris (Wesleyan).

Grinnell is also the founding editor and director of Litmus Press, a nonprofit publishing organization dedicated to innovative poetry, prose and cross-genre writing, as well as plays and collaborations written in English and in translation. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2001 and has since taught in the MFA in Writing at the Pratt Institute, in the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University and elsewhere.

The Paris Writer’s Residency invites practitioners in poetry, prose or other genres of writing to explore interdisciplinary writing possibilities and engage with students at the residency’s partner institutions. Grinnell will therefore take part in three key events: a day of interaction with creative writing students at AUP, a reading and workshop with PSAC master’s students, and a public lecture at the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

The Paris Writer’s Residency has previously been held by writer and translator Daniel Hahn (2018), poet and author Sampurna Chatterjee (2019) and poet and novelist Sophie Mackintosh (2021).