Exophony is the practice of writing in a language that is not one’s mother tongue.
Imagine writing a love poem in your native language. Or a fictional story about your existential crises. Imagine having to follow a specific rhyme, eloquently convey your emotions, create unique and three-dimensional characters. Now, imagine doing that in another language. Sounds impossible, right?
Litehouse’s mission is to bring forth those creative endeavors from exophonic writers, from poetry and fiction to audio poems and personal interviews, with the sole purpose of educating, fostering awareness, and inspiring prolific dialogues around exophony, identity, and language.
In celebration of Pride Month, Litehouse supports the exophonic LGBTQ+ writers and poets and their contribution to the literary world.
Read Our Exophonic Poetry
BEACH FUN by Lorelei Bacht
Heavy rain. The sea, Suddenly troubled, struggles To read its…
CONSTANT CONSTANT by Julija Kaselj
There are so many pepper beads on your plate too…
WORLD INSIDE A WORLD by Sushant Tapa
Thousands and thousands of musings And proclamations have been made…
SAYING LESS THAN NECESSARY by Maed Rill Monte
is the TV’s tense click in the crispy three am…
THE LIFE I BREATHE IN by Rajnish Mishra
The life I breathe in; the ocean in three dimensions…
FOREST by David Dephy
Sick of the illusions raised by the killers, became teachers.…
WESTERN ASTROLOGY by Nare Navasardyan
“As Above, So Below,” Marks the gate to proxy-rules That…
PALE YELLOW by Abdulmueed Balogun
Tonight, the sky is pale yellow like the skin of…
Fancy an Exophonic Tour?
You can browse your reading by country! Click on each country’s marker and read all the submissions from that location.
Pun intended! Accentric Poetry is an initiative to celebrate a different aspect of exophony: the foreign accent! Litehouse is proud to present you a collection of audio poems from exophonic writers, reciting their own poems in their own unique way (and accent).
Read Our Exophonic Fiction
REMINISCENCE by San Lin Tun
A two-storied brick house appeared before Lwin, who could not…
THE PENDULUM SWINGS EAST by Jia-An Lee
I replay fragments of the last conversation between our two…
SHOULD WE BE SO EAGER TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT SALT AND PRESERVE LIFE? by Mariana Gaviria
What is love but a flight atop of a silent…
Interviews with Exophonic Writers
Interview with Téa Nicolae
“To me, being an exophonic writer means that this grand, beautifully interwoven and formidable world is my home. I am not bound to any place and I can make my home in those around me.”