A tailored writers residency hosted by T-Michael in Bergen, Norway
Kalaf Epalanga - Writer in residence September 2022
Writers Residency looks forward to welcoming Kalaf Epalanga as our first writer
in residence during August 2022. Kalaf Epalanga is a writer and musician born
in Benguela, Angola, in 1978, currently based in Berlin. Some people know him
from the Europe Music Award-winning band, Buraka Som Sistema (on hiatus since
2016), and through the columns he wrote for the Portuguese newspaper O Público,
GQ Magazine (Portugal), the independent Angolan online magazine REDE Angola and
the Brazilian literary magazine Quatro Cinco Um. He has released Love
Stories for Coloured Children (2011), The Angolan who bought
Lisbon (for halfprice) (2014), and Whites Can Dance Too (2017),
his debut novel will be translated to English by Daniel Hahn and published by
Faber in spring 2023.
Yara Nakahanda Monteiro - Writer in residence October 2022
We are beyond excited to introduce the luso-angolan writer, social critic, and
speaker Yara Nakahanda Monteiro as our second writer for T-Yard Writers
Yara Nakahanda Monteiro was born in Angola in 1979, but grew up in Portugal,
due to the Angolan civil war. She has temporarily lived in several cities, such
as Rio de Janeiro, Luanda, London, Copenhagen, and Athens. She has a background
from studying screenwriting, contemporary art and graduated in human resources.
Monteiro writes poetry and fiction and has also collaborated in the creation of
scripts and screenplays for audiovisual arts. Her stories and poetry have been
published in various magazines such as Granta and Revista Pessoa. She has
become a regular guest speaker at universities on topics like feminism and
Afro-European identities and narratives. In her own words: she is a
great-great-granddaughter of slavery, a great-granddaughter of racial
intermarriage, a granddaughter of independence and a daughter of the diaspora.
Her poetry collection Memories Apparitions and Arrhythmias won
the 2022 International Poetry Prize Glória de Sant’Anna. Her debut
novel Essa dama bate bué! (2018) is translated in several languages. Monteiro
is additionally a certified Shivananda Yoga teacher, Ayurveda therapist and a
practitioner of the Marina Abramovic method.
During her time in Bergen Monteiro will share her insights in African
literature in Portuguese language, and connect with Norwegian contemporary
writers, publishers, and artists.
Writers Residency is an initiative by designer and tailor T-Michael in collaboration with the
contemporary art gallery Entrée, and Tekstallianse - a network for the
literary field in Western Norway. We seek
to foster exchange between international writers and the local literary field,
and to mediate cultural events in Bergen to a larger international audience
through creative and critical writing.