Born in 1992 as Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, a little village of 1400 souls in northern France, Édouard changed his surname to Louis when he left the violent working-class milieu of his parents and moved to Paris. He started studying sociology at the École normal superieur but quickly became the most celebrated French writer of his generation when he—just twenty-two years old—published his first novel En finir avec Eddy Belleueule (Éditions du Seuil) in 2014. Read More
Welcome Rhodessa Jones, Spring '17
Rhodessa Jones is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer who is the co-artistic director of the San Francisco-based theater company Cultural Odyssey and the founding director of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which brings performance workshops to incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Read More
Welcome José Kozer, Spring '17
Kozer is a prolific poet and writer who has seen his work translated into several languages and anthologized in many books and journals. For over 40 years, he has written one poem a day striving for his goal of having written 10,000 poems. After 10,000 poems, Kozer won’t stop: “Once I reach the 10,000 I’ll start writing one single poem that will end with my own end.” Read More
André Aciman is a distinguished author and professor of Comparative Literature. Reviewed by many literary critics, Out of Egypt is an extraordinary journey through Aciman's life in Alexandria, Egypt, where life as a Sephardic Jew changed drastically throughout his youth, causing him and his family to escape to Paris. It is this journey, this experience, that informs Aciman's work. Read More
Welcome Fazal Sheikh, Spring '17
Fazal Sheikh was born in 1965 in New York City and graduated from Princeton University in 1987. He works from the conviction that a portrait is, as far as possible, an act of mutual engagement, and only through a long-term commitment to a place and to a community can a meaningful series of photographs be made.
The Montgomery Fellows Program has reached out across the disciplines and beyond academic life, installing on campus playwrights and film directors, novelists, musicians scientists, politicians, and journalists.