The Lemon Tree House is proud to welcome writer in residence

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan


OCTOBER 6 - 20, 2018


Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of the international bestselling novel “Sarong Party Girls” as well as A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family,“ which has gotten praise from National Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times among other publications. New York Magazine named it one of the "Top 25 Must-Read Food Memoirs of All Time." She was also the editor of the fiction anthology Singapore Noir."

She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, National Geographic and Marie Claire among other places. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle, Le Moulin à Nef, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Ledig House and the Studios of Key West. In 2012, she was the recipient of a major arts creation grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore in support of her novel.

Born and raised in Singapore, she crossed the ocean at age 18 to go to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Unsure of whether she would remain in the U.S. after college, she interned in places as disparate as possible. She hung out with Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Topeka, Kan., interviewed gypsies about their burial rituals in Portland, Ore., covered July 4 in Washington, D.C., and chronicled the life and times of the Boomerang Pleasure Club, a group of Italian-American men that were getting together to cook, play cards and gab about women for decades in their storefront “clubhouse” in Chicago.

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Writer, AWARD-WINNING Creative Director, Art Editor / Critic and Artist

October 6 - 20, 2018

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Michael Salu is a writer, award-winning creative director, art editor/critic and artist. Over the past few years Michael Salu has been developing a creative and critical voice through his societal explorations in fiction, criticism, art and art writing. His work often explores areas of sexuality, gender, race and identity often through ever shifting prism of technology. His writing has appeared in a number of top literary publications, many of which are American including Tales of Two Cities (Penguin RandomHouse), Freeman's Journal, Catapult and Grey Magazine.

Also an award-winning creative director and visual artist, with a strong focus on creating narrative driven works. Salu is the former creative director of Granta and before that was a senior designer at RandomHouse. He has conceived and managed the creative output of well-respected and culturally-focused brands, working with the languages of both art and design across a variety of online and offline media. He has collaborated with and published many young and established artists including the Chapman Brothers, Sir Paul Smith, Yinka Shonibare, Nadav Kander and the 2013 Deutsche Börse winners Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin and is now developing an art practice of his own that includes film. His honours include accolades from D&AD, FWA and Communication Arts and his work has been written about in publications such as Eye Magazine and Creative Review.

Salu often speaks at and contributes to the art and media curriculums of various universities including The Royal College of Art, Kingston University and Norwich University. He has been an advisor to the AOI (Association of Illustrators), The Photographers Gallery and has spoken at or moderated a variety of live events across the arts including TEDx.

He now runs a multi-disciplinary creative consultancy [] and co-founded the cross-disciplinary art event series Local Transport.

He has recently completed a first novel and is curious to see where it goes. Currently he is completing a feature film script and planning a second novel.

Greg Brownderville

Award-winning poeT & Director of creative writing

June 2 - 16, 2017



Greg Brownderville’s third book, a collection of poems entitled A Horse with Holes in It, was released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series in November of 2016. In 2011 Brownderville published his first collection of poems, entitled Gust(Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), which made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and was included among “Top Picks” by Library Journal. In 2012 he published Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books), a collection of folkloristic poems based on fieldwork he conducted in and around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Deep Down also features paintings by outsider artist Billy Moore, of Memphis, Tennessee. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. An associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at SMU, Brownderville edits the Southwest Review and teaches poetry workshop. He has also taught at Ole Miss, Hendrix College, and Lincoln University.

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AWARD-winning author

June 2 - 16, 2017


Rosa Rankin-Gee's first novel The Last Kings of Sark was published by Virago (UK) and St Martin's Press (US) two years ago. The Times called it "stunningly well-written", The Guardian said it was "lithe, shimmering and full of wit" and The New Yorker said it was "both freshly innocent and self-assured." In 2011, she won Shakespeare & Company's international Paris Literary Prize; in 2010, she was chosen by Esquire Magazine as one of 60 Brilliant Young Brits. She has been the recipient of fellowships at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center, and performed at literary events in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Guernsey, Santorini and various festivals across the UK. She lives between London, Paris and Margate, a strange British seaside town where her second novel – Dreamland – is set.



Writer & Editor

JUNE 2 - 16, 2017


Ross Nervig is a writer living in New Orleans and a founding editor of Revolver - a literary arts collective based in St. Paul, MN. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Bluestem Journal, Bayou Magazine and Huffington Post. Much of his career has been spent in the nonprofit sector, managing marketing and communications for the Center for Victims of Torture and Avenues for Homeless Youth. 

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JUNE 2 - 16, 2017


Sarah Cale is a Canadian visual artist based in Brussels, Belgium. Her work as a painter is known for its investigations in an intersection of painting and collage. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of At and Design and an MFA from the University of Guelph. In 2009 and 2010 she was shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Canada painting award, and has been awarded numerous grants and residencies. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Canadian public venues such as The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Gallery, Anna Leonowens, The Varley Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions have been held at Musee D'Art Contemporain, The Power Plant, Equinox Gallery, Galerie UQAM, The Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2019, a catalogue of her work will be published. She currently teaches at La Cambre.