• Susan Alexander
  • Nicolas Calmes
  • Jeff Thill

WORD IN PROGRESS (WIP)

A reading evening with Susan Alexander, Nicolas Calmes and Jeff Thill
Littérature
MAR. 14.05.2019 / 20:00 / PORTES 19:30
Langue: English
Partenaire(s): Work in Progress - Paris
Caisse du soir: Free

In english and in a different place...

WIP stands for “Work In Progress” in Paris, and since 2016, for "Word in Progress" in Luxembourg. On the second Tuesday of each month, from November to May, WIP Luxembourg invites you to discover three texts in the making and their authors. 

The idea is simple: come and join us for this special edition not as usually at the café Le Ratelach in the Kulturfabrik but in The Rooftop Chalet & Beach Bar in Luxemburg-Dommeldange, sit back, relax with a drink, grab a bite, and listen to unpublished texts in a friendly atmosphere. After each reading, you can share your impressions with the author and the audience. To help create a dialogue, an “author-killer” stands by the writer and channels the crowd’s passion and discussion.

French, Luxembourgish, German, even English: each Word In Progress is dedicated to one of the country’s spoken language. On May 14th, 2019, WIP Luxembourg features 3 English-language authors: Susan Alexander, Nicolas Calmes and Jeff Thill.

  • Susan Alexander is a native New Yorker and that remains a core part of her identity. She came to Luxembourg from Wall Street in 1989 to work in a bank. Hated the bank job. Loved Luxembourg. She is still here. She has had a non-linear career path. She is a graduate of Wellesley College (Hillary Clinton is a classmate) and Princeton Theological Seminary (She is an ordained Presbyterian minister). She recently (2018) completed a PhD in Social Sciences. Her thesis topic: Intellectual Capital and the Future of Luxembourg. In between her B.A. and PhD, she spent three years as a psychotherapeutic resident at a New York City psychiatric clinic, headed Derivative, Fixed Income and International Securities Research at a Wall Street investment bank, co-founded a web site and web application development company and launched her own independent research firm. She is currently working as an expert for the European Commission assessing public policy and funding proposals. She has authored thirteen books and is working on a trilogy set in Luxembourg. Her writing tends to focus on women who have led complex and interesting lives, their relationships and the choices they have made.
  • Nicolas Calmes: Two things were key in the development of Nicolas Calmes and his poetry: video games and skateboarding. Young Nicolas explored many virtual worlds and one of them was Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. The game introduced him to skateboarding, which would become a staple in his life. Besides redefining Nicolas’ perception of his environment and sense of self, skateboarding introduced him to punk rock and hip hop. Both influence his writing. He writes with the intention of oral performance to a sick rap beat and his disguised lyrics are characterized by the brutal honesty and inherent criticism of punk mentality. Although he loves to toy around with the drums, the piano and the guitar, he is neither a trained nor a remotely passable musician. He mostly holds the mic in his music project Beyond Me. He studies English Studies at the University of Luxembourg, currently losing his mind over the upcoming deadline of his bachelor’s dissertation on American coming-of-age literature. Among the many people he looks up to are skateboarders, rappers, comics and writers like Mike Vallely, Rodney Mullen, Kendrick Lamar, Ian MacKaye, Bo Burnham, Louis CK, JD Salinger, Bill Watterson, Chris Avellone, Friedrich Nietzsche, Casper and Billie Joe Armstrong.
  • Jeff Thill: Born and bred in Luxembourg, Jeff finished his secondary school studies at the local Lycée de Garçons before going on to Aberdeen University to study English and Scottish literature. Deeply imbued with an affection for anything remotely connected to Anglo-Saxon literature, he completed his three-year stint in the North East with a Scottish MA and returned to Luxembourg without a clear idea of what to do next. By a strange quirk of fate he was taken on as a teacher trainee and then against all odds became a fully-fledged teacher in the early nineties, a profession which he has carried out ever since. In 2014, he took part in the Concours littéraire national and was awarded the jury’s second prize for his historical novel about Jean de Beck, the Luxembourg general who rose to prominence in the Thirty Years’ War. This has encouraged him to continue on his path to be a writer and, in September 2016, he took a sabbatical year to have more time for two of his many passions, travelling and writing. When he doesn’t write, travel or windsurf (yet another of his passions), he tries to be a semi-decent father to a wonderful daughter.