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The Writer in Residence Program

The Writer in Residence Program brings writers from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds for one-month visits to the Stanford campus. The program puts writers in direct contact with students, the Stanford community in general, and the local community as a whole, strengthening the connections between the teaching and the practice of literature. During their residency, writers give one public lecture and/or participate in panels with other writers and in public interviews; visit language and literature classes; and hold office hours.



Amos Oz

Distinguished Israeli novelist Amos Oz joins the DLCL as Writer in Residence in January, 2007. His visit is co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

Amos Oz presents the annual Taube Lecture
Monday, January 22, 2007
8 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Please check back for further details.


Ruth Ozeki's work has been characterized as "ardent and passionate…rare and provocative" by U.S.A. Today. Her first novel, My Year of Meats, published in 1998 by Viking Penguin, has garnered widespread glowing reviews, awards, and a still-growing readership. A sexy, poignant, funny tale about global meat and media production, My Year of Meats tells the story of Jane and Akiko, two women on opposite sides of the planet, whose lives are connected by a TV cooking show. Ozeki’s second novel, All Over Creation (Viking Penguin 2003), shifts the focus from meat to potatoes in a story of a family farmer, a prodigal daughter, a gang of environmental activists, and a corporate spin doctor, whose lives collide in Liberty Falls, Idaho. In a starred review, Kirkus declared All Over Creation "a feast for mind and heart."

Ozeki’s film Body of Correspondence (1994) won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS. Halving the Bones (1995), an award-winning autobiographical film, tells the story of Ozeki’s journey as she brings her grandmother’s remains home from Japan. It has been recognized at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, among others.

Ozeki's visit was co-sponsored by the Stanford Bookstore. Read more at Ruth Ozeki's web site.


F. (Francisco) Sionil José, writer and publisher, was born on December 3, 1924 in Rosales, Pangasinan. In 1958, José founded the Philippine Center of PEN, an international organization of poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists. In 1965 he established the publishing firm Solidaridad and edited the journal Solidarity. His work includes eleven novels, five books of short stories, a book of verse, a collection of stories for children, and four books of essays. His five-novel Rosales saga, consisting of The Pretenders, Tree, My Brother My Executioner, Mass, and Po-on, has been published in the United States and translated in various languages in Asia and Europe.

José's visit was co-sponsored by the Filipino-American Community at Stanford (FACS); Arkipelago, the Filipino Bookstore; and the Stanford Bookstore.

Download José's "Literature as History," a talk presented at Stanford University, May 5, 2005.



Milton Hatoum was the DLCL's first Writer in Residence in May 2004. He is the author of two novels: The Tree of the Seventh Heaven (Relato de um Certo Oriente), forthcoming in a new translation as Tale of a Certain Orient (Bloomsbury 2004); and The Brothers (Dois Irmãos). Both works received Brazil's highest literary prizes. An Amazonian of Lebanese descent, Hatoum writes about his native Manaus, the city in the middle of the jungle. He is also a professor and translator of French literature. 


Writers in Residence are chosen and invited by DLCL faculty. There is no application process.


For more information on the Writer in Residence program, contact Ann Gelder.



Amos Oz

Ruth Ozeki

F. Sionil José

Milton Hatoum