21 DECEMBER 2019 - 14 JANUARY 2020

New York City based writer and poet Sara Fruner is The Lock-Up’s current artist in residence who will be working on completing a number of ongoing projects during her residency.


21 DECEMBER 2019 – 14 JANUARY 2020

New York City based writer and poet Sara Fruner is The Lock-Up’s current artist in residence. During her residency Fruner will be working on a number of projects including finishing her second novel in Italian La notte del bene, completing Il carrello, a long poem in Italian or in Fruner’s words "un canto lungo” and working on the final edits of Balloons and Broken Doors, Fruner’s second collection of poems in English.


Sara Fruner was born in Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy. After graduating in English at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), and attaining two MPhils in literary translation, she has worked extensively in the publishing industry.

Being interested in post-colonial literature, her translations include such authors as Dionne Brand, Monique Truong, Sello Duiker, Raj Rao and Don McKay. After serving at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in 2007, she has worked for six years as Senior Publication Coordinator in an international research center based in Trento, and taught English as a foreign language at Istituto Accademico Interpreti e Traduttori di Trento (ISIT), and at the University of Trento.

In 2016, she moved to New York City, where she presently teaches Italian at New York University and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also lets her bilingual tongue loose: Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills, a poetry collection in English, was published by Bordighera Press NY in 2018, and reviewed in the Washington Independent Review of BooksLucciole in palmo alla notte, a poetry collection in Italian, came out in 2019 by Supernova, Venice. Sara Fruner writes fiction too: her first novel in Italian is forthcoming in April 2020 by Bollati Boringhieri, Turin.

Featured poet in Italian Poetry, a portal that collects the most prominent Italian poets since 1950s, she happens to collaborate as performer/interpreter for Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), Hauser&Wirth Gallery, and to conceive performances which interweave poetry, music, visual arts and dance, like "An Art Pot from the World." She contributes to bilingual newsmagazine La Voce di New York, and her articles have also appeared in Brick Literary Journal, Magazzino 23, Graphie and CinematoGraphie.

She has been accepted in numerous artist-in-residence programs worldwide, including the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), the Noepe Center for Literary Arts (Martha’s Vineyard), Mountain Seas Artist Retreat (Tasmania), Earthskin Creative Center (New Zealand), Galerie Huit in Arles (France), The Writer's Room at the Betsy (Miami), Casa Tagumerche (La Gomera, Spain), The Studios of Key West.

In 2018, she was made a Professional Member of the Authors Guild and a Member of the PEN America Women.