writers in residence
In Residence
Zurich, Switzerland
August — December 2022

Josephine Rowe



Australian author Josephine Rowe writes fiction, poetry and essays. Her writing has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review Daily, Literary Hub, The Believer, HEAT, Best Australian Stories and elsewhere. Rowe is a fellow of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, MacDowell Colony, Omi International Arts Center, and Yaddo. She has twice been named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist (2017 and 2020). Her debut novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal (University of Queensland Press 2016), was nominated for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award and selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times. She is currently working on a new novel. /// As of June 27, 2022

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“A Faithful, Loving Animal”

“You didn’t ask him for anything at Christmas, but he’d sprung for a secondhand Malvern Star, licked with a fresh coat of bottle green, no childish junk cluttering the spokes. It is the best nonliving thing you’ve ever owned, and you guide it one-handed, resting your palm between its handlebar horns as though it were a loving, faithful animal, as Dad would say of Belle. Still too sick-making to think of the shreds of fur scattered through the backyard, right down the fence line, the way you might see from a mauled rabbit or a possum, but never a dog.”

— From “A Faithful, Loving Animal” (New York, Catapult 2017)