Literary Arts and the International Writers Project are pleased to welcome to Brown Ugandan playwright George Seremba, recipient of the 2013 – 2014 International Writers Project Fellowship. The IWP Fellowship provides a stipend and working space to writers who have been subjected to political harassment, imprisonment, or death threats in their homeland.
We are also pleased to welcome Gazmend Kapllani of Albania, who is IWP Visiting Scholar this year.
George Seremba was forced to flee Uganda in 1980 after he survived a botched attempt on his life by Milton Obote’s military intelligence (‘G’ Branch). After leaving Uganda, he moved first to Kenya, then to Canada, and later to Dublin. Since leaving Uganda, he has had an extensive career as a playwright and performer. He is the author of three full-length plays, The Grave Will Decide, Come Good Rain, and Napoleon of the Nile, as well as of poems and radio plays. An accomplished actor, he has performed in feature films, on television, and on the stage.
He was previously in residence at Brown in August and September, 2010, as IWP Visiting Playwright. He will be in residence on the Brown campus for the 2013-14 academic year.
Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born novelist, journalist and scholar whose novel, A Short Border Handbook, was a best-seller in Greece, where he has lived for the past 21 years. Actively involved since 1997 in the anti-racist movement in Greece, he faced systematic harassment and threats and was targeted by the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. He left Greece in 2012 to become a Radcliffe Harvard Fellow, and will be a Visiting Scholar at Brown during the 2013-14 academic year. He currently teaches history and creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.