About Disquiet

The International Literary Program is a project of Dzanc Books, 501(c)(3). The ILP’s mission is to deepen mutual understanding between writers of North American and writers around the world and to broaden the landscape of North American literature and arts outside of the borders of North America.


Contest Winners / Luso Scholarship Winners / And Call for Applications

The DISQUIET Dzanc Books International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal announces the following:

-Winner of the International Literary Award
-Winners of the scholarships for writers of Luso descent in collaboration with the Luso-American Development Foundation
-The ILP in Lisbon this summer, June 19 - July 2, is still accepting applications. Apply now to reserve your spot in your chosen workshop!


Winner of the International Literary Award

Dzanc Books and Guernica are pleased to announce the winner of the International Literature Award—affiliated with the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal (June 19-July 2, 2011)—who receives airfare, accommodations, and tuition to this summer’s program and publication in Guernica.

Out of just under 200 entries, Final Judge Chris Abani selected a group of poems by Jacob Shores-Arguello as the winner:

Jacob Shores-Arguello grew up in Costa Rica and the United States. He studied poetry and translation at the MFA program at the University of Arkansas where he was the Walton Fellow. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown.

Finalists include:

Kevin Kaiser’s “Little Parrots” (fiction)
Angie Lee’s “Shuffle Master of the Universe” (nonfiction)
Andrew MacDonald’s “Krupkee” (fiction)
Shivani Manghnani’s “Tsunami” (nonfiction)
Ottessa Moshfegh’s “The Chaperone” (fiction)
Brian Sousa’s “Away from the Mountains and Towards the Sea” (fiction)
Eleanor Stanford’s “A Story of Brazil in Three Fruits” (nonfiction)


Winners of Scholarships for Writers of Luso Descent

Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation also announce the winners of four scholarships for North American writers of Luso descent to attend the ILP in Lisbon this summer and participate in Frank Gaspar’s workshop there:

Traci Brimhall is the author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.  Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere.  She was the 2008-09 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and currently teaches at Western Michigan University, where she is a doctoral associate and Kings/Chávez/Parks Fellow.

Carlos J. Queirós, a Portuguese-American writer, was born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. His work has appeared in AARP The MagazineOn Tap MagazineCríticas MagazineLibrary JournalThe Newark Metro, and other publications. Carlos has a Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Temple University where he was a Future Faculty Fellow and was awarded the Frances Tebet Israel Prize in fiction. This fall he will be attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Amy Sayre-Roberts is an associate editor at Quiddity International Literary Journal. Her publications include Chicago Noir, Sou’wester, Ninth Letter, and Luso-American Literature, an anthology featuring a chapter of her novel manuscript, The Portuguese Box. She lives in Springfield, Illinois, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.  

Brian Sousa has been published in Redivider, Gavea-Brown, and The Writer magazine. This year, UMASS/Dartmouth will publish his first collection of stories, and his work will also be featured in a Rutgers University Press anthology of Luso-American Literature. In 2007, he was awarded a fellowship by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Sousa, who grew up in the Ocean State, currently lives in Boston and teaches writing at Boston College. He also plays guitar in the band Ocean*Transfer.

Additionally, we announce a special scholarship endowed by Instituto Camões to send a Canadian of Luso descent:

Richard Simas is a freelance writer living in Montreal. His fiction won a 2008 Fiddlehead literary prize and has appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology. His nonfiction work has been published in literary and arts reviews in Canada and Europe, and includes commentaries on contemporary dance, music, theater, and Azorean culture. His New Music-Spoken word performance based on Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet will premier at the Open Ears New Music festival in Canada.


The DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon this summer, June 19 - July 2, is still accepting applications. Apply now to reserve your spot in your chosen workshop (fiction, poetry, nonfiction)!

In addition to the intimate, intensive workshops and the unique opportunities for discussion of writing craft, the program is shaping up to be one of unprecedented intersection between North American and Portuguese writers in what might be considered Europe’s last undiscovered capital. The early schedule features an opening reception at the US Embassy in Lisbon and a closing party hosted by the City of Lisbon. In addition there will be numerous seminars and talks on Luso literature, translation, and culture.

American writing faculty include Sally Ashton, Kim Addonizio, Brian Evenson, Frank X. Gaspar, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Josip Novakovich, Teresa Svoboda, and Richard Zenith.

Portuguese guests include António Lobo Antunes, valter hugo mae, José Luis Peixoto, Miguel Real, Patrícia Reis, Gonçalo M. Tavares, João Tordo, and many others.

Check the website for complete information on faculty and programming: http://www.dzancbooks.org/ilp

To apply to the program, follow this link: http://www.dzancbooks.org/storage/ilp/application.html

We welcome questions and queries at ilp.lisbon@gmail.com

The DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, is a project of Dzanc Books and the Centro Nacional de Cultura in association with Fundação Luso-Americana, CETAPS-FCSH (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, and the City of Lisbon’s Lisbon Consortium.


The L.A. Times blog Jacket Copy on Disquiet

Dzanc launches writing retreat in Lisbon

January 3, 2011

"Independent publisher Dzanc Books will host a writing retreat in Lisbon starting this summer, in partnership with Portuguese cultural organizations. The program's faculty includes Brian Evenson from Brown University; Nick Flynn, who teaches at the University of Houston; and Josip Novakovich, who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. The program will also feature a visit from from Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." more...


Colum McCann's introduction to the 2011 Best European Fiction anthology

"The idea is that a nation is a sort of intimate and fluctuating everywhere."



Fernando Pessoa vs. the Financial Crisis

Lisbon artists protest cuts to Portugal's arts funding while invoking Pessoa:

"Outside Lisbon's famous art nouveau Brasileira cafe, the protester in the painted cardboard box stood beside the bronze statue of poet Fernando Pessoa and proclaimed Portugal to be in 'a state of overall sadness'. Actor Nuno Nunes, accompanied by a 'choir of despair' made up of professional singers from the country's threatened publicly-funded choirs, was just part of the protests last week as Portugal slashed spending in a last-ditch, but probably doomed, attempt to see off a debt bailout." More from the Guardian...


Contest/Scholarship Deadline Jan. 31, 2011

Only two months until the contest/scholarship deadline to win airfare, accommodations, and tuition to the Disquiet program in Lisbon, Portugal in 2011! Submit your writing by Jan. 31, 2011. More...