2018-19 M Literary Residency Winner Jeremy Tiang

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We are thrilled to announce the 2018-2019 winner of the M Literary Residency, Jeremy Tiang!

The M Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating place. Established in 2009 and fully funded by the M Restaurant Group, the residency has its roots in M’s Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, and aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities.

The M Literary Residency Programme is fully funded by the M Restaurant Group. The intent of the Residency is to provide space and time primarily for writing and location-specific research. It is not to be used as a base for travel for research or leisure. For residency guidelines and application details, please click here


  • Shanghai: Jeremy Tiang

Shanghai, March 16, 2018 – M Restaurant Group is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2018 M Literary Residency. Jeremy Tiang has been chosen for the residency in Shanghai.

Jeremy Tiang is the author of State of Emergency and It Never Rains on National Day (shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize), and the translator of more than ten books from Chinese, including novels by Zhang Yueran, Chan Ho-Kei, Yeng Pway Ngon and Tianxia Bachang. He has been awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, and the People’s Literature Prize Mao-Tai Cup for Translation. Jeremy also writes and translates plays. He lives in Brooklyn.

Michelle Garnaut in 45 Years 45 Stories

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45 Years, 45 Stories is a collection of stories told from Australian and Chinese perspectives that speak to the breadth and depth of the friendship between our peoples. The stories celebrate the multifaceted community and cultural links – across sports, science, the arts, business and academia – that are the fabric of the Australia-China relationship.

Michelle GARNAUT

Diana Xin: M Literary Resident 2017

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“I arrived in Beijing for the M Residency after having put aside my creative work for the better half of a year to contend with life’s other demands. The residency allowed me the time to confront difficult revisions and continue correspondences with editors. I was grateful for the stretch of days devoted to writing without distraction and the afternoons spent in research at the Anton Library of Chinese Studies. A new atmosphere and a different schedule can change the way you work, and I appreciated having time for discovery as I found my way to surprising new work. I also enjoyed getting lost in the city, reconnecting with places I used to know, and noting the changes both in the urban landscape and in my own life. I left the residency with not only new drafts but also a renewed habit of keeping the work central.”

Anne Sebba ON Shanghai LitFest in Daily Mail

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Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes, and speaker at the 2017 Shanghai International Literary Festival discussed her time in Shanghai in March and what she thought of the city, the people and the food.

“Living in Shanghai makes New York seem provincial, says a transplanted U.S. professor, now running the Chinese offshoot of New York University. ‘It feels open to the world.’

Professor Joanna Waley-Cohen, Provost of NYU Shanghai, thinks it has something to do with the sheer size of the place (population 25 million) and partly the infrastructure – ‘subway system, ubiquitous wifi, even on the subway, well before New York got it’.”

To read the full article, please click here.


Karen Jennings: M Literary Resident India, 2012

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Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1982, but moved to Brazil in late 2015 with her Brazilian husband. She holds Masters degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, as well as a PhD in English Literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her debut novel, Finding Soutbek was published in 2012 by Holland Park Press and was shortlisted for inaugural Etisalat Prize for African Fiction. She edited Feast, Famine and Porluck, the Short Story Day Africa anthology in 2013. Her short story collection, Away from the Dead (2014), was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International short story competition. 2016 will see her autobiographical novel, Travels with my Father, being launched. This novel was begun while an M-resident at Sangam House over the winter months of 2012-213. Karen is currently a Miles Morland scholar and is working on a fiction manuscript.

Eleanor Goodman: M Literary Resident Shanghai, 2015

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Eleanor Goodman is a Research Associate at the Harvard University Fairbank Center, and spent a year at Peking University on a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome and was awarded a Henry Luce Translation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her first book of translations, Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni (Zephyr Press, 2014) was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant and winner of the 2015 Lucien Stryk Prize. The book was also shortlisted for the International Griffin Prize. The anthology Iron Moon, a translation of Chinese worker’s poetry, will be out in 2017. Her first poetry book, Nine Dragon Island (Enclave/Zephyr, 2016), was a finalist for the Drunken Boat First Book Prize.


Eleanor Goodman’s first poetry book, Nine Dragon Island.

Rachel De Woskin: M Literary Resident Shanghai, 2011

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Rachel DeWoskin’s fifth book, the novel Second Circus, will be published by Penguin in 2017. Set in 1940’s Shanghai, Second Circus was inspired by DeWoskin’s time as writer-in-residence at the M Literary Residency in Shanghai’s Embankment Building. Her critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is a Library Guild and an Illinois Reads selection. Her novel Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), received the  American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of the year by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries, optioned by Paramount, HBO and the Sundance Channel, and is now in development at BBC America, where DeWoskin is co-writing a TV series based on the book. DeWoskin’s debut novel Repeat After Me (Overlook Press, 2009), won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. She has written essays and articles for Vanity FairThe Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and anthologies including Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Wanderlust. Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Blind (Penguin, 2014); Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011); Repeat After Me (The Overlook Press, 2009); and Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005). She is on the fiction faculty at the University of Chicago.