Shelly Oria, the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv, which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, was a special guest at the Fifth International Podgorica Bookfair which took place October 1-5.
In a conversation with Montenegrin author Dragana Krsenkovic Brkovic, who translated her stories “Beep” and “The Beginnings” into Montenegrin, Oria spoke about her poetics, and the narrative strategies that she employs to create unusual moments in the everyday life of her characters. Oria also spoke about violence and her memories of days in Tel Aviv and her inclusion in the #metoo movement.
Oria’s fiction has been translated into other languages and has appeared in The Paris Review and elsewhere. She won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria, and the LMCC Workspace Grant. Oria lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she codirected the Writer’s Forum at the Pratt Institute for seven years, and where she has a private practice as a creativity coach. Recently she coauthored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s, which received two Lovie Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.