Authors 2020


images-1Bora Cosic, born in 1932, is a Serbian and Croatian novelist and essayist who was born in Zagreb and lived in Belgrade until the early 1990s, when he left the country due to the protest against the Milosevic regime. The author has written more than 30 novels, volumes of stories and essays and is one of the last writers to call his language Serbo-Croatian, rejecting the orientation of any national literature. His best known novel “The Role of My Family in the World Revolution” (NIN Prize 1969, published in German 1994) is also adapted for the theater. Despite the book’s prizes and cult status, Cosic was blacklisted for his satirical, carnival-like description of socialist society and was unable to publish for years. In the 1960s, he translated and adapted the musical “Hair”, which was performed in Belgrade just one year after the Broadway premiere. The period after leaving Belgrade is marked mainly by essays, including the “Diary of a Homeless Man” (1993), one of the most important post-war works from this region. Without nostalgia for Zagreb or Belgrade (which he now sees as a private museum), Bora Cosic has lived in Berlin for two decades and Rovinj in Istria for two decades. In 2002 he was awarded the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding and in 2008, together with the Translator Katharina-Wolf Griesshaber the Albatros Prize of the Günther Grass Foundation.

IMG_0637-1_foto by Ema FrisFaruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihac. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, Šehić studied Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. However, the then 22-year-old voluntarily joined the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men as a lieutenant. After the war he studied literature and since 1998 has published his own literary works. The literary critics regard him as the voice of the so-called mangled generation. His debut novel ‘Knjiga o Uni’ (2011; tr: Quiet Flows the Una) was awarded Meša Selimović prize for the best novel published in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia in 2011, and European Union Prize for Literature 2013. For his book of selected poems in Italian and Bosnian language ‘Ritorno alla natura / Povratak prirodi’ he received XXXI Premio Letterario Camaiore – Francesco Belluomini 2019 (Premio Internazionale). His books have been translated into English, Turkish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, German, Bulgarian, French, Spanih, Dutch, Arab, Romanian and Macedonian. He work in respected political magazine BH Dani as a columnist and journalist. Faruk Šehić lives in Sarajevo. Photo by Ema Fris.

Dimitris Lyacos in DelphiDimitris Lyacos is the author of the Poena Damni trilogy (Z213: EXIT, With The People From The Bridge, The First Death). So far translated into seventeen languages, the trilogy is one of the most widely acclaimed and best-selling works of contemporary European poetry. Poena Damni developed as a work in progress over the course of thirty years with subsequent editions and excerpts appearing in journals around the world, as well as in dialogue with a diverse range of sister projects it inspired. Renowned for combining, in a genre-defying form, themes from literary tradition with elements from ritual, religion, philosophy and anthropology, the trilogy reexamines grand narratives in the context of some of the enduring motifs of the Western Canon. Dimitris Lyacos has been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Photo © Walter Melcher

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Kampmann_2017_(c)_Juliane Henrich_2Anja Kampmann is a German poet and author of fiction. She was awarded the MDR- Literaturpreis as well as the Wolfgang Weyrauch-Förderpreis. For her first novel “High as the waters rise” (2018) she was awarded the Mara-Cassens prize for the best debut novel, aswell as the Lessing-Förderpreis and she received the “Stadtschreiber of Bergen-Enkheim”- prize for both books, the jury stating that “High as the waters rise” is not only a novel but can be read as a long poem. Her poetry was translated into Italian, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, English, Spanish and Russian. Her work has appeared in Akzente, modern poetry in translation (mpT), Ho! (Tel Aviv), Poesia (Madrid), Anthology of German poetry (Athens), words without borders, Sinn und Form, Sprache im technischen Zeitalter, et al. Her first collection of poetry was published by Carl Hanser Verlag, 2016. Her novel “High as the waters rise” is highly poetical exploration of grief in the globalised world of oil rig workers and was nominated for the German book prize as well as fort he Prize oft he Leipzig book fair. She performs part of her poetry together with a double bass player. Her new collection of poetry will appear at Carl Hanser Verlag, Autumn 2020. She lives in Leipzig. She was invited to international poetry festivals such as Struga Poetry Evenings (2019), Poesiefestival Berlin (2019), Poetry on the road (2018), Solothurner Literaturtage (2018), Cartagena (2017), Literaturfestival Leukerbad (2017). © Juliane Henrich.

IMG_0305Franz Josef Czernin, born in Vienna 1952. High School Graduation 1971. Studies in the US from 1971 until 1973. Publications of Poems, Prose, Theatre Plays, Essays and Aphorisms since 1978. Member of the Grazer Autorenversammlung and of the Bielefelder Colloquim für neue Poesie (1980 until 2000). 1988 lectures about German Literature at the Indiana University, US. Poetics lectures at universities in Graz, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Mainz and Kiel, Teaching Position at the Institute for Art of Language, Vienna, winter semester 2013/14. Lives now in Vienna and in Rettenegg, Steiermark. 2020 Visiting Professor, Cornell University, USA. Prizes and Awards: 1993 Stadtschreiber (Writer of the City) Graz. 1997 Prize of the City Vienna for Literature. 1998 Heimit-von-Doderer-Prize for literary essay writing. 1999 Anton-Wildgans-Prize of the Austrian Industry. 2003 Heimrad-Bäcker-Prize for Literature. Literature Prize of the Federal State Steiermark 2004, 2007 Georg-Trakl Prize for Poetry, 2007 Austrian State Prize for Literature Critic, 2011 Johann-Georg-Hamann-Prize of the city Münster, 2013 HC.-Artmann-Prize of the city Vienna, 2015 Ernst-Jandl-Prize. Since 2008 corresponding member of the German Academy for Language and Literature.

IMG_9008Meral Kureyshi was born in 1983 in Prizren, Kosovo. In 1992 she moved with her family to Switzerland, where she stayed. She studied Literature and German studies. Her first novel “Elefanten im Garten” was nominated for the Swiss Book Prize, has received several awards and has been translated into several languages.





DSC_0127-02Plator Gashi (1996) is a writer, poet, translator, journalist, and musician based in Prishtina, Kosovo. He studied journalism and communication studies at the University of Prishtina and Marymount University (Virginia, US), and received his bachelor’s degree in 2018. Gashi was a staff writer and translator (between English and Albanian) at the English-language magazine Prishtina Insight for three years before switching to freelance translation, editing, writing, and music in 2019. His poetry and literary translations have been featured in various Albanian-language blogs and magazines, and he is a regular attendee at urban poetry readings in Prishtina. His unpublished poem “Fluturimthi (Fleetingly)” was awarded by the jury of KultStrofa, an international Albanian-language poetry contest in Prishtina. His mostly unpublished work, lightly self-described as an “off-the-cuff potpourri” draws from various influences, such as Albanian folklore, the futility of life in the city, jumbled memories from the war, and—somehow—his insufferable love for historical linguistics.

Foto Katja GrcicKatja Grcić is a poet, playwright, translator and dramaturge, born in Split, based in Zagreb. She received MA in English and German language and literature at the University of Zadar, Croatia. As a holder of Südost and Tempus scholarships she attended both Karl-Franz University in Graz and Centre for Translation Studies in Vienna. She got two books of poetry and short prose published: Load-bearing walls (MeandarMedia, 2015) and Summer (MeandarMedia, 2018). Her third book, Letters to Zita, is announced for 2020, both as a book and as a theatre play. She wrote several drama texts – Molecules, Necrography/Disconnected, Body’s fear of floor. In 2017 she made in Sedmica Prize shortlist for prose, an award announced by the Croatian literary portal Critical Mass. In autumn 2018 she enrolled the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb for an MA in Theatre dramaturgy. Alongside with her artistic endeavors she has also worked as an interpreter, cultural coordinator and theatre critic.

Olivera KjorveziroskaOlivera Ćorveziroska (1965) is born in Kumanovo (North Macedonia) where she finished elementary and high school. Olivera finished her bachelor studies at the Philological Faculty in Skopje where she currently lives and works. Her works were represented in twenty anthologies of contemporary Macedonian stories which were published in Macedonia as well as in other countries. Olivera’s works were translated in English, French, Hungarian, Czech, Serbian, Slovenian, Polish, Russian, German, Bulgarian and Greek languages. She is laureate of many significant awards in Macedonia while for her collection of stories “(Inter)woven Stories” (Сплетени раскази) in 2003, she was awarded the “Stale Popov” Prize for the best prose which was presented by Society of Macedonian Writers. She is the author of the following books: “Third Floor” (Трети кат) and “Tall Whites” (Високите бели) – poetry; “Mirna the Pastry” (Кифличката Мирна) and “My Brother from the Thirteenth Floor” (Мојот брат од тринаесеттиот кат) – novels for children; “Grandpa Mile” (Дедо Миле) – illustrated tale; “Do the Dreams Make Work” (Отвораат ли сништата работа) and “One Text and One Woman” (Еден текст и една жена) – critics and essays; “The Locked Body of Lou” (Заклученото тело на Лу) and “Danewort” (Аб’т) – novels; “Sorrows of the Young Proofreader” (Страдањата на младиот лектор), “(Inter)woven Stories” (Сплетени раскази), “Тwo Pillows” (Две перници), “Sewn Stories” (Сошиени раскази), “Short Stories without Sugar” (Новелички без шеќер) and “The Streets Which Are Gone” (Улиците што ги нема) – collections of stories.

Etrit PassföteliEtrit Hasler was born in 1977 as the son of a Swiss mother and a father from Doganaj. With his lightning-speed texts, he became one of the pioneers of Poetry Slam in Switzerland, where he has performed since 2000. He has performed in dozens of countries, amongst them Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Egypt, the USA and even Serbia – he is happy to be able to perform for the first time in Kosova. Aside from his career on-stage, Etrit Hasler is Vice-President of the Swiss writer’s association A*dS and is a member of both the city parliament and the state parliament of St.Gallen.

NurduranDuman2Nurduran Duman is a Turkish poet and playwright who lives in Istanbul. Pursuing her passion for the sea, received a degree as an Ocean Engineer and Naval Architect from Istanbul Technical University. And she’s a columnist in one of the most prestigious newspaper of Turkiye, Cumhuriyet. Her books include Yenilgi Oyunu, the 2005 Cemal Sureya Poetry Award winner, and Mi Bemol. Semi Circle, a chapbook of her poems translated into English, was published in the United States in 2016 and further English translations can be found in Asymptote, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, Faultline, Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT) and others. Her books of “Selected Poems” (Versopolis, 2017, Macedonian-English-Turkish) in Macedonia, “Selected Poems” (Versopolis, 2019, Dutch-English-Turkish) in Belgium. Her poetry collection “Steps of Istanbul” (Herald Publisher Proprieraty, 2019, Chinese-English-Turkish) was published in China in November 2019, and was awarded as “The Poetry Collection of the Year of the Second Boao International Poetry Award”. Her poem “The River”was published in Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT) in 2017 in the UK. She featured in the #internationalwomensday2018 (#IWD18) MPT list of ten women poets in translation  from all over the World.

66135600_10157259873715429_5333071740530589696_oArtrit Bytyçi is from Kosovo. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York City. His background in biological sciences influenced how he sees the world. He tries to approach art with an experimenter’s curiosity, and to think about science with an artist’s playfulness. To date, all such attempts have given inconclusive results. He was the co-founder and co-host of Rooftop Readings NYC, a seasonal reading series. His works have appeared or are upcoming in The Seventh Wave, Hand Written Works, Doctor-Doctor, Kosovo 2.0, and Prishtina Insight.


Ariane von Graffenried is a Swiss poet and playwright. She graduated from the University of Berne with a PhD in theatre sciences. Von Graffenried is a member of the award-winning writers’ collective «Bern ist überall» and a curator of the International Poetry Festival Basel. Since 2005, she has performed as a spoken word artist with musician and sound artist Robert Aeberhard as the duo «Fitzgerald & Rimini». In 2017 her book «Babylon Park» was published. Her most recent work is «50 Hertz», a CD with a collection of poems. She has received several literary prizes for her texts. Photo by: Alexander Jaquemet.

Photo by Kalle SingerDenijen Pauljević, born in Belgrade, Serbia, fled during the recent Yugoslav Wars to Germany and spent four years in a refugee camp. He studied Intercultural Communication, participated in the screenplay section at the HFF film school in Munich and works on various literature, screenplay, music and theater projects.He is also involved in the initiatives Meet your Neighbours and Arriving in Munich. Pauljević received several nominations and prizes (e.g. at the Filmfest Emden-Norderney and Film Festival Sehsüchte in Potsdam). From 2013 to 2018 he was responsible for the coordination of the Balkan Days Festival. In 2014 he received the literary grant Raniser Debut for “Der Wundenleser”, in 2015 the literary scholarship of the city of Munich for “Mimicria”. His next novel will be published by dtv in the spring of 2021.

najbolji portret ss copySve­tla­na Slap­šak (born in 1948) is a retired professor-coordinator of studies programs and a former Dean of ISH (In­sti­tu­tum Stu­di­o­rum Hu­ma­ni­ta­tis, 2004-14), a graduate school in humanities in Ljubljana. She was teaching courses on the anthropology of the ancient world, gender studies and Balkanology. Editor-in-Chief of Pro Femina, a quarterly for Women’s studies and culture in Beograd, since 1994. Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers, USA, 1994-1995; Fellow at NIAS, Wassenaar, 1999-2000; Fellow at Max Planck Institute, Berlin, 2000; Director of research at CNRS, Paris, 2003; Fellow at Collegium Budapest, 2005. Photo by: Iztok Dimc.


Foto NoraNora Prekazi Hoti – was born in 1986 in Mitrovica. She finished BA of Ethnology in Philosophic University, by the Department of Ethnology, and Cultural Anthropology in Pristine, Kosovo; MA of Ethnology in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania; Short time scholar of museology at the University of Pennsylvania at the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation in November 2013. Nora currently is working as a curator at the Ethnology museum of Mitrovica.  And she is a founder and Director of Dhemetra Foundation. She published her poetry in MM – mixed magazine, published poems and essays in three volumes of the literary magazine “Fjalë e Valë”, Nora hosted 4 Rumi Nights with poetry in Mitrovica along with 7arte NGO and Pupëza NGO from Prishtinathroughout 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019; And she started “Zana” poetry event in Mitrovica, where local male poets of Mitrovica are being reflected through their writing about women muses. Nora was a curator at lots of exhibitions in Museum of Mitrovica in fields of cultural heritage and art;She was also a curator in “Kosovo Art Exchange Gallery in Mitrovica in 2018 with the exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Mitrovica“Capturing the City of Mitrovica – Images from WWI (1916-1918)”,  she was as well expository jury “City Sites Photography”; In the same  gallery Mrs. PrekaziHoti with her husband Mr. LulzimHoti participated with the installation “Blue” in the exhibition “Feeling Blue”.

DSC_6352Tomislav Marković (1976.) writes poetry, satire, essays and nonfiction. He work as a columnist of web portals Al Jazeera Balkans and He cooperate with numerous newspapers, magazines and web portals, such as:, Behar, Journal, Lupiga. He has published several books: Vreme smrti i razonode (Time of death and joy, satirical texts and poetry, 2009), Čovek zeva posle rata (A man yawns after the war, poetry, 2013), Napred u zlo (Forward to evil, selected and new poetry, 2017), Velika Srbija za male ljude (Greater Serbia for little people, satirical texts, 2018). His poems and satirical texts have been translated in German, English, Albanian, Slovenian, Polish and Hungarian.  He lives and works in Belgarde as the deputy of editor-in-chief for the portal XXZ magazine.

Freudenthaler PortraitLaura Freudenthaler, born in 1984 in Salzburg. She studied German language and literature studies, Philosophy and Gender Studies. She lives in Vienna. Her stories Der Schädel von Madeleine were published in 2014. For her novel The Queen is silent she was awarded the Förderpreis zum Bremer Literaturpreis 2018 and the novel was recommended as best German debut at the Festival du Premier Roman 2018 in Chambéry. In 2019 she published her second novel Ghost Story that is awarded with the European Prize for Literature 2019. Photo by: Marianne Borowiec

Lulzim Haziri PhotoLulzim Haziri is a poet and journalist. He was born in 1962 in Gostivar, Macedonia. He studied Mechanical Engineering  at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Pristina (Kosovo). During the eighties his first poems were published in the magazines “Zëri i Rinisë”, “Bota e Re”, “Fjala”, “Rilindja” etc. In 1989, the Publishing Company Rilindja has published his first book of poems titled “Kënga lind në vetmi” (The Song is born in Solitude, 1989).  By this work, the poet brought the urban sensitivity to Albanian literature.  With his second book of poetry “Kur dyert hapen me zile” (When the Door Opens with a Bell, 1995) and especially with other books of poetry “Dalja nga Safari” (Exit form Safari, 2005), “Vetmi e varur si numër në portë” (Loneliness Hangs Like a Number on the Gate, 2015) and “Testament prej mëndafshi” (Silk’s Testament, 2019) he continued to reinforce poetic discourse with poetry emanating from urban daily life, rooted in preoccupations, dilemmas and worries.





FotoProssercDirkSkibaRobert Prosser is an Austrian writer, poet and performer born in 1983. He studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Anthropology and spent several years in Asia, the Middle East, and Great Britain. Prosser has received numerous prizes and grants, most notably from the Robert‐Bosch‐Stiftung, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin as well as the Reinhard‐Priessnitz‐Prize for Literature. He lives in Vienna and Tyrol and is the Austrian curator of Babelsprech, an initiative in charge of the funding of young German‐language poetry. His second novel Phantome (Phantoms) was long listed for the German Book Prize in 2017. Photo by: Dirk Skiba.

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Raich, Tanja_C_Kurt Fleisch (1)(1)Tanja Raich, born in 1986 in Meran (Italy), studied German and history. She has published in various literature magazines and anthologies and has been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Writer in Residence Program to Sri Lanka (One World Foundation), “Start-Stipendium” of the Austrian Federal Chancellery for her novel “Jesolo”, the Ö1 literature prize “Aber sicher” 2017, the Frontiere – Grenzen literature prize 2015 and the Exil-Literaturpreis 2014. Tanja Raich lives in Vienna, “Jesolo” ist her first book.

_ARP7318-1Besnik Mustafaj, born in September 1958, studied French language and literature at the University of Tirana. Until 1991 he worked as a professor of foreign literature at the Univiersity where he studied. He has also worked as a journalist and as a French language translator. Besnik Mustafaj is by profession a writer. He also has an important political career. He is one of the founders of the democratic opposition in Albania, the Democratic Party. For many years he has been a Party Member and a Secretary for International Relations. Since the first free elections (March 1991), he has been elected for four times as a Member of the Parliament. He was also appointed Ambassador in France and UNESCO (1992-1997), and as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2007). In 2007 he resigned from all political and public functions, returning to full time writing. Besnik Mustafaj’s literature work includes poetries, novels, short stories, movie scripts, theatre plays, and essays. His work is also translated into French, German, Italian, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Macedonian.  Two of his novels are made movies. Besnik Mustafaj is the winner of a several national and international literary prizes.

FB_IMG_1539801103608Lindita Ahmeti, was born in Prizren, Kosovë. She has graduated at the University ‘San Kirili e Metodi’ in Skopje, in the Faculty of Philology, where she studied Classical Philology. Her poems are published in different literary magazines, into Albanian in Macedonia, Albania and Kosovë. She is represented in many anthologies into Albanian, Macedonian and Balkans languages, and she is also published into European languages. Her first poetry collection, “Mjedra dhe bluz” (Raspberries and the Blues), Skopje 1993, was well received. Ahmeti, among the best-known female poets of the Albanians in Macedonia, is the author of seven volumes of verse: “Ishulli Adular” (Adular Island),1996; “Brezi i Zonjës” (Rainbow), 2000; “Vetë përballë Erosit” (“Alone in front of Eros”), 2004; “Nga Mështeknaja e babait, me mallëngjim” (“From the birchwood of my father, with longing””), 2015; “Dhoma pa derën dalëse” (“A room without exit door”), 2015.

fotoAude Samama (1977) has studied at the École Supérieure de l’Image  of Angoulême, France. She published her first comic book En série in 2002 (Frémok) and then L’Intrusion in 2008 (Rackam). Then, she worked in collaboration with Denis Lapière and Jorge Zentner, two comic scriptwriters, for the publishing houses Futuropolis (France) and Les Impressions nouvelles (Belgium). She has also illustrated novels and periodicals. Her artistic production lies between comics and expressionist painting – an artistic movement which appeared in its strength at the beginning of the XXth century in France, Germany and Belgium for instance. Aude Samama is particularly interested in rendering the emotions of its characters, often lead by a tragic fate.

Ville Ranta-8915Ville Ranta (born 1978) is an internationally renowned comic artist who is also known as a heavy-handed cartoonist. His anarchic style has received praise and criticism alike. Ranta has published a number of graphic novels which have been translated to several languages. He is particularly well-known in France where his work has been published in close to its entirety. Ranta works as a cartoonist for several different newspapers in Finland. He also tours as a live comic artist with musicians. Ranta has received all kinds of nominations, awards, grants and acclaims both in Finland and France.


Dave McKeanDave McKean is an English artist, illustrator, comic book author, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. He was born in 1963 in Berkshire, where he attended the College of Art and Design (1982-1986). Among his notable work are numerous collaborations with author Neil Gaiman such as Violent Cases (1987), Black Orchid (1988) and Signal To Noise (1990), as well as covers for Gaiman’s famous The Sandman series. Arkham Asylum (1989), which he coauthored with Scottish author Grant Morrison is still the single most successful graphic novel ever published. As illustrator and designer his works include major C.D. and book covers, film, theater and festival posters, children’s picture books, stamps as well as illustrations for magazines such as The New Yorker and Playboy. In 1996 he composed and performed the music for the BBC Radio adaptation of Signal to Noise with saxophonist Iain Ballamy, with whom he has recently initiated the Feral Records label. And since 1998 he is also making films. He lives on the Isle of Oxney in Kent, England with his wife, studio manager and musician, Clare.

FIBD2016MarcelloQuintanilha1Marcello Quintanilha (born 1971) is a Brazilian comic book artist. Born in Niterói, he first published comics in 1988, for magazines such as Mestre KimGeneralMetal Pesado and Zé Pereira, under the pseudonym Marcelo Gaú. In 1999 he published his first graphic novel, Fealdade de Fabiano Gorila. That year, during the first edition of the International Comics Festival of Belo Horizonte, he met François Boucq, who became interested in his work and convinced him to send his drawings to European publishers. In 2003, he published La promesse the first volume of the series Sept balles pour Oxford, by Belgian publishing house Le Lombard, written by Argentine writer Jorge Zentner and the Spanish Montecarlo. The contract with the Belgian publisher made Quintanilha move to Barcelona, to stay closer to the series’ writers. He also started to publish illustrations for the Spanish newspapers El País and Vanguardia. At the same time, he continued to produce albums for the Brazilian audience. For his 2009 comic Sábado dos meus amores he was awarded the HQMIX Trophy as best Brazilian artist. In 2016, he was awarded the Fauve Polar SNCF award at the 43rd Festival d’Angoulême, for his graphic novel Tungstène.

literamiLITERAMI means in Czech „(with) moveable letters“, a word picked up from the opening sentences in Bohumil Hrabal’s novel „Too Loud a Solitude“ ‒  in our case it means a group of four translators, literary scholars and authors, based in Leipzig, who shared a special affinity for Czech literature and culture: Matteo Colombi, Lena Dorn, Anna Förster and Martina Lisa. We are translating Czech literature into German, organizing cultural events, researching and bringing people together. This year we co-edited with Alida Bremer and Saša Ilić the German edition of Beton International, published for the book fair in Leipzig on the topic “paralelní polis” (parallel polis) in civil society: we gathered for it 18 authors from East Central and Southeastern Europe who wrote very different texts on this subject (essay, poetry, drama, short-story) … do you not know what a parallel polis is? Don’t worry: in May we are bringing it to Pristina!

TomTom Kaczynski is a nominated cartoonist, designer, writer, illustrator, publisher, and teacher. He is the author of the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel Beta Testing the Apocalypse (Fantagraphics), Ignatz nominated Cartoon Dialectics series, the forthcoming Trans Terra graphic novel. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired ReadingMOMEPunk PlanetThe Drama, and many other publications. As a designer he’s worked on projects for many well-known companies including AOL, Motorola, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, and for non-profits including IRC (International Rescue Committee). Kaczynski is the founder of Uncivilized Books, a boutique publishing house. Since its inception, Uncivilized Books has published acclaimed and award nominated graphic novels by Gabrielle Bell, Noah Van Sciver, David B., Joann Sfar, Kickliy, Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow, and many others. He’s currently teaching comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and occasionally contributes to the Rain Taxi Review of Books.He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Nikki, two cats, and a dog.

Frank MargerinAfter secondary school, Frank Margerin went to a school of applied art, where he met Denis Sire. He joined Sire’s band, Los Crados, as a drummer. The band later became Dennis’ Twist. In 1975, while looking for work in publishing or illustrating, Margerin met Jean-Pierre Dionnet, who ordered his first comic strip, a four-page parodical science fiction story named “Simone et Léon”, for the Métal Hurlant magazine. He later drew and wrote several other stories for the magazine. His first album, Frank Margerin présente, which gathered his first works for Métal Hurlant, was published in 1978. These first stories often have elements of science fiction, to fit with the other strips of Métal Hurlant. After “Simone et Léon”, he also wrote and drew several works for Rigolo, a short-lived magazine. He won his first prize in 1980 at the Lucca Comics & Games festival in Lucca. His most famous character, Lucien, was created in 1979. Lucien is a rocker from Malakoff with a huge pompadour hairstyle that forms a cone in front of his face. Lucien first appeared as a friend of Ricky, another rocker, but he eventually became the center of the stories. With Ricky’s and later Lucien’s stories, Margerin comically described the life of suburban French rockers of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Bananes métalliques, one of Lucien’s albums, was a commercial success in 1982 with over 100,000 books sold. His other characters included Albert and Mauricette, created in 1982, and Skoup and Max Flash, two journalists created in collaboration with Phil Casoar in 1984.

HermannHermann Huppen was born in 1938 in Bévercé (now a part of Malmedy) in Liège Province. After studying to become a furniture maker and working as interior architect, Hermann made his debut as comic book artist in 1964 in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou with a four-page story. Greg noticed his talent and offered him to work for his studio. In 1966, he began illustrating the Bernard Prince series written by Greg, published in Tintin magazine. In 1969, also in collaboration with Greg, he began the western series Comanche. This appeared at the same time as other western series such as Blueberry. Hermann began writing his own stories in 1977, starting the post-apocalyptic Jeremiah series, which is still produced today. In the same period, he also made three albums of Nick, inspired by Little Nemo in Slumberland, for Spirou. In 1983 he began a new series, Les Tours de Bois-Maury, which is set in the Middle Ages and is less focused on action than his other works. Hermann is characterized by a realistic style and stories that are both somber and angry, with a sense of disillusion with regards to the human character in general, and current society more specifically.

DSC03396Saša Ilić was born in 1972 in Jagodina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He is the author of the stories Predosećanje građanskog rata (The prevision of the civil war, 2000) and the novels Berlin skookno (Berlin Window, 2005/2006) and Pad Kolumbije (Fall of Columbia, 2010). Saša has also edited Psećivek (The century of the dog, 2000), a collection of stories from narrators born after 1970. He was one of the founders and editors (till October 2013) of the literary supplement Beton. In 2013, he founded Beton International – newspaper for literature and society together with Alida Bremer. His novel Pad Kolumbije has been translated into Albanian (Rënia e Kolumbisë, 2013).

Foto Alida 1Alida Bremer (born 1959 in Split, Croatia) studied in Belgrade, Rome, Münster and earned her PhD in Comparative Literature in Saarbrücken. Since 1986 she has lived in Münster and has been writing in German since 1993. She has published stories, poems and essays in German that have appeared in, among other languages, Albanian, English, Macedonian, Romanian, Dutch and Croatian. She has translated novels, theatre pieces, poetry collections and essays by Croatian and Serbian authors into German. Her debut novel Olivas Garten appeared in 2013 by Eichborn Verlag (paperback in 2017 by Ullstein Verlag), and she was awarded the Robert Bosch Stipendium for this work. With KulturKontakt Austria she published the ten-part series Kroatische Literature der Gegenwart (Contemporary Croatian Literature). She was co-editor of the anthology Konzert for das Eis, Gedichte as Kroatien (Concert forthe Ice, Poems from Croatia, 2010)and Glückliche Wirkungen. Eine literarische Reise in bessere Welten (Prosperous ImpactsA Literary Journey into the better worlds, 2017). In 2014, she setup Beton International, Zeitung for Literature und Gesellschaft together with Saša Ilić. Bremer has been involved as a curator with numerous international literature festivals and other literary projects, and is a member of VdÜ (Verband deutsch sprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissen schaftlicher Werkee.V.), Literatur verein Münster and PEN Croatia. Photo by: Carola Loeser.

fotografiaEleni Suela Douxi is a poet based in Athens, Greece. Born in 1979, in Albania, she received her BA in Theology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She also studied classical guitar and musical theatre. She was awarded the Anagnostis 2017 Best New Poet Award for her first poetry book, Μείον Δεκάξι (Minus Sixteen), 2016, Melani Publications, which is set to be translated and published in Albanian later in 2019. She is a co-founder of Silver Alert Hellas, a voluntary organization for the support of the elderly. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines along with her Greek translations of contemporary Albanian poetry.

IMG_7157Matteo Colombi is a scholar in literary studies based in Leipzig, Germany, where he works at the Leibniz-Institutfür Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa. He was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1978. Matteo studied Comparative Literature in Bologna and German as well as Slavic Studies in Leipzig and Prague. He got an international PhD in Comparative Literature and Western Slavic Studies in L’Aquila, Italy, and Leipzig, on the issue of literature and multi-ethnicity in Habsburg and post-Habsburg Prague and Trieste. Matteo likes combining his research in the humanities with cultural and artistic projects: he is the author and performer of the theatre play ‘In den Arschheutenicht’. Some of his publications include: the collection Stadt – Mord – Ordnung. Topographien des Verbrechens in der Kriminalliteraturaus Ost- und Mitteleuropa (2012, as editor), articles “(Ethni)City Under Scrutiny – Tell Me Which Prague You like and I’ll Tell You Which Nation You Are (Not)!” (2016), “Hranice Terstaneb Obrazy provincie, centra a periferie naji hustře dovýchodní Evropy” (2015), and “Andere Geschichten. Das Nachleben der Partisanen in der slowenischen Kunst und Literatur” (2014).


Bekim LumiBekim Lumi (1966 – 2018) was a prominent theatre director from Kosovo. He studied Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Prishtina and Theatre Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana.As the founder and artistic director of ‘Loja’Laboratory Theatre, his work was distinguished by his minimalistic style, concepts and ideas, as well as by his bold creative inclinations towards experimentation and unconventional performative paradigms.His theatre was mainly informed by Grotowski’s concept of ‘poor theatre’. He was the author of several theatre performances, based on the plays of Eugene Ionesco, Bertolt Brecht, William Shakespeare, Slawomir Mrozek, Bernard Marie Koltès, Federico Garcia Lorca, A. P. Chekhov etc.With his performances, such as ‘The Lesson’, ‘The Blood Shirt’,‘The Martin Couple’, ‘The Dealers’, and ‘John Cage’s Hamlet’, he was part of various international and regional theatre events and festivals, receiving a number of international theatre awards. Besides his directing work, he was the founder, editor in chief and publisher of the theatre magazine ‘Loja’which was published in the years 2006-2010 in Kosovo. From 2002, helectured Theatre Directing at the University of Prishtina. For his last performance ‘Arturo Ui’, Lumiwas awarded ‘The Best Directing Annual Prize’ by the Kosovo Ministry of Culture.Lumi wrote also several poems. His poetry work is going to be published soon in Prishtina. His poems in polip festival will be read by his friends and theater colleagues.


Jasna Dimitrijević (1979, Negotin, SFRJ) writes short fiction, poetry and reviews. She graduated at the Department of General Literature and Theory of Literature in Belgrade. Co-organizer of the first regional competition for the best short story on the topic of reconciliation in BHSC, Albanian and Macedonian language – Biber (2015) – and the co-editor of the multilingual collection (2016).  Author of two short story collections Prepoznavanja (Recognitions), Public Library Karlo Bijelicki, 2015; and Fibonačijev niz (Fibonacci Sequence), Partizanska knjiga, 2018. Regular contributor at the magazine Liceulice. Lives in Belgrade, works at a bookstore. Photo by: Tamara Zrnovic.

sreten_photoSreten Ugričić was born in Yugoslavia 1961. Author of nine books: novels, stories, essays, theory. Lived in Prishtina 1993-1997 and worked as Assistant Professor at Philosophy Faculty and as program manager at Open Society Foundation. Then moved to Belgrade and Budapest managing Open Society Foundation programs for publishing and libraries. Director of the National Library of Serbia from 2001 to 2012. In January 2012 Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić accused him of supporting terrorism, in front of cameras of all Serbian TV stations. The Government of Serbia dismisses him immediately, at an alleged “emergency telephone” session. All media controlled by government, print and electronic, for months  had been engaged in relentless campaign of smear and intimidation against Sreten Ugričić. Since then he has been living abroad (in Switzerland, and before that in Austria and the USA). He was a visiting fellow and lecturer at Stanford University 2013-2015. Currently he is research associate on cultural studies at the University of Lucerne.

IMG_6602Fumio Obata (born in Toyko, 1975) left Japan for Britain when he was 16 years old and completed his Illustration degree at Glasgow School of Art and a Master of Art degree at Royal College of Art in London. He then decided to pursue his creative and comic book career after realizing that there were more challenges in Europe than his own home soil back in Japan. He is now an author whose work and inspiration come from cultural differences and social issues in his surroundings. His style and work are influenced by both Japanese and European esthetics. He is latest Graphic Novels ‘Just So Happens’ published by Jonathan Cape, Random House, has won many high acclaims and now been translated and published in 8 different countries. Fumio also has a career as an animator. Between 2003 and 2008.He worked with Duran Duran,Channel 4, and joined Red kite Animations in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006. He currently lectures Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK and supports young talents in various sequential contexts such as animation, graphic novel and children’s book. His next project is a graphic novel reportage on Tsunami and nuclear disaster incident which hit Japan in March 2011. Hs is a regular contributor to Italian News Magazine Internazionale for his graphic reportage on a series of natural disasters in Japan.

Grjasnowa_Olga_Fietzek_13Olga Grjasnowa was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is a graduate of the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. In 2011 she was awarded the “European Border Crossers Prize” by the Robert Bosch Foundation. In 2012 her book „All Russians love Birch Tress“ was published and translated into 15 languages. 2012 she won the Klaus-Michael Kühne-Award und Anna Seghers-Prize. It was nominated for varies prizes, among others „Deutscher Buchpreis“, „Aspekte-Literaturpreis“ and the „Dublin Literary Award“. 2014 her second novel „The legal haziness of a marriage“ was publishes and won the Chamisso Literary Prize and the Prize of Berliner Senat and short-listed for the „Preis der deutschen Wirtschaft“. Both novels were adapted by theaters and will be adapted for cinema soon. She was writer in residence in Istanbul, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Lenzburg, Switzerland. Since 2016 Olga Grjasnowa is a member of General Assembly of Goethe-Foundation. 2017 her third novel “God is not shy” was be published.

10295407_659299144167766_6688668833306306375_oIlija Ludvig was born in 1976 in Belgrade. He emerged from musical anonymity in 2007, appearing on the compilation Jutro će promenitisve? (Morning Will Change Everything?). Ivan Loncarevic from notices: “Ilija plays guitar and sings, has a stand-up performance during the concert, expressing himself through songs and visually. Is involved in the fight against all injustices of this world and loves to show how much he cares about everyone in the audience. Ilija is a poet, an artist, a performer,a musician. Is Woody Guthrie and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins; is Billy Bragg and Lou Reed; Ilija is Ludvig.” As for his official releases, Ilija is represented on the popular compilations Pesme is podpokrivača (Songs From Under The Covers) (2013) and Jason Molina Tribute: Just Be Simple (2014), Tapi: LJUBAVNA TEOREMA. (2018) i Piano Sky (2018). He lives the music he creates as an upcoming, unfulfilled friendship,a document of that anticipation, as a Ulysses’s trace of the one true love. The lyrics are never well articulated. They are either sung, murmured or mumbled. Their meaning resonates creating Ambivalens  – the spatial equivalent of the scene  – and within that space a new closeness is achieved. This achievement  depends primarily on the need to keep the air alive, the invisible one. And, of course, on the courage to do so.

ivana-6072-2Ivana Bodrožić born in Vukovar in 1982. She studied at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, where she has lived since then. In 2005, she published her first poetry collection entitled Prvi korak u tamu (The First Step into Darkness) as part of the Goran Award for young poets. Her poems have been included in numerous Croatian and international magazines and anthologies of contemporary poetry. Her first novel Hotel Zagorje (Hotel Tito) was published in 2010, receiving high praises from both critics and audiences and was an ultimate Croatian bestseller. The novel has been published at numerous respectful publishing houses and received a prestigious Prix Ulysse for the best debut novel in France, as well as numerous important awards in Croatia and the Balkan area such as the Kočićevo Pero Award, Josip and Ivan Kozarac Award, and Kiklop Award for the best work of fiction in 2010.  She has since published her second poetry collection Prijelaz za divlje životinje (A Road for Wild Animals) and a short story collection 100% pamuk (100% Cotton), which has also received a regional award. Her novel The Pit was awarded Balkan Noir prize for best crime novel written in 2016. Her works have been translated into English, German, French, Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian and Macedonian.

gm 3Gerhard Meister is known as a playwright and as a performer of his spokenword-texts, he also writes radio-plays and poems. Born in 1967, he grew up in the Emmental and studied later on history and sociology at the university of Bern. He has written a lot of plays for theatres in Switzerland and abroad among them Schauspielhaus Zürich, Stadttheater Bern and Burgtheater Wien. This spring his play Lauter vernünftige Leute is shown at the Landestheater Vorarlberg. As a performer he is a member of the group Bern ist überall and works together with the musician Anna Trauffer as meistertrauffer. After Viiecher&Vegetarier (2011) now is released Mau öppis ohni Bombe, another collection of his spokenword-texts. With Eine Lichtsekunde über meinem Kopf he also has published a book of poems.

melinda_nadj_abonji_by_gaëtan ballyMelinda Nadj Abonji was born 1968 in Bečej, former Yugoslavia, present-day Serbia. Writer, musician (violin and vocals). Studied German philology and history in Zurich (Lic. Phil. I). Since 1998 collaboration with the poet, singer and beatboxer Jurczok 1001. In 2010 winner of German National Book Award and of the Swiss National Book Award for the novel “Taubenfliegen auf”. Since 2010 cooperation with the multi-instrumentalist BaltsNill. Since 2015 in trio with Nill and contrabass player Mich Gerber. From 2003 to 2009 guest lecturer at the Pädagogischen Hochschule Zürich (creative writing workshop). From 2007 to 2012 managing a writing workshop. In 2018 winner of Schillerpreis for the novel “Schildkrötensoldat”. During 2018 poetics lecture at the University of Hildesheim and auto-poetics lectures at the University of Zurich. Web:

gani-jakupi-polip-2017Gani Jakupi, Kosovo born multimedia artist, exercised journalism, writing, translation, illustration, design and photography, before eventually reducing his activities to the graphic novel and jazz composition. The French adaptation in a comic book of his novel Dia de grácia (written in Spanish) entered the selection of the Angoulême Festival in 2010. He was awarded for his graphic novels: Brique d’or in Toulouse for Le roi invisibleCognito award in Brussels Book Fair and the Special Prize of the Jury in ROMIC (Rome) for the Retour au Kosovo. His graphic novels are translated to Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalonian, English, Russian, Albanian and Bosnian.

abc_2345Marek Šindelka (1984) is a poet and novelist. He made his debut with the volume of verse Strychnin (Strychnine) for which he was awarded the Jiří Orten Prize 2006. Two years later he published his first novel Chyba (The Mistake), a book that was well received by both critics and readers. Šindelka is one of the new upcoming authors in Czech literature and has already shown his ability as a writer. Together with the illustrator Vojtěch Mašek he turned his novel The Mistake into a graphic novel. It gave them the opportunity to present the story in another way and develop other lines in the story and thus presenting a new view. In 2011 he published a volume of short stories called Zůstaňte s námi (Stay Tuned), expressing a critical and ironic view on contemporary life. The book was awarded with the Litera Magnesia Prize 2012 and was nominated for the Josef Škvorecký Prize 2012. In 2014 came out Mapa Anny (Map of Anna), a set of short stories that are interconnected with each other and digs deep into the personal feelings and lives of young people. His last book is Únava materiálu (Material fatigue), in which Šindelka focuses on European “migrant crisis”. A cultural studies and script writing graduate, Šindelka is now studying for a PhD at Prague’s Charles University’s Film studies department. He lives in Prague and works as a scriptwriter and literary reviewer in the Czech newspaper Hospodářské noviny.

reading poetry black and white (2)Sarah Hehir was born in Scunthorpe, England in 1974 and studied Drama at Manchester University. She is a playwright and poet who writes for TV, radio and the stage. She was recently presented an Arts Council England award to work with artists in both UK and Kosovo to develop collaborative theatre in evolving spaces. In 2013, she won the inaugural BBC Writer’s Prize for her drama Bang Up and in 2016, won a place on the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme with her TV drama The Seafort. Her plays Child Z, Zero Down,Echoes Through the Dust, March and Son of a Precariat have been performed in London at Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse and The Park Theatre. In 2016, Zero Down was transferred to The Pleasance at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She leads creative writing workshops in prisons, theatres, schools and universities. Her poems have been published in Confluence and Bare Fiction Magazine and performs she them at poetry readings and literary festivals. She is currently writing for BBC Doctors.

2Petar Matović is a Serbian poet and essayist. Born in 1978 in Požega, Serbia, he has graduated from Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology with a degree in Serbian Literature. He has published four poetry books: Kamerni komadi (Chamber Pieces), 1997; Koferi Džima Džarmuša (Suitcases of Jim Jarmusch), 2009 (Walizki Jima Jarmusha, Poland, 2011; Les maletes de Jim Jarmusch, Spain, 2013); Odakle dolaze dabrovi (Where the Beavers Come From), 2013; Iz srećne republike (From the Happy Republic), 2017. His work has been published in a number of poetry anthologies, and he has participated in several poetry festivals in the Balkan region and abroad. Matovic’s poetry is translated to Polish, English, German, Catalan, Portuguese, Spanish, Galician, Macedonian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Swedish, Romanian, Slovak, Italian, French… His work has been published in renowned magazines and awarded a number of prizes such as ‘Treci Trg’  and ‘Branko Miljkovic’. Matovic  has won scholarships and writer-in-residence in Gauda Polonika (2013), Baltic Center for Writers and Translators, Visby, Sweden (2015), Traduki Network, Split (2016), Artist-in-Residence KulturKontakt, Austria (2017), and Q21, Vienna, Austria (2017).

mariklenaMariklena Niҫo was born in 1978 in Korça, Albania. She studied Literature at the University of Tirana. It was a long journey from the first verses till the first book of poetry “Pylli i muzave “, in 2007 (by Ombra GVG). She has been publishing in literary magazines: “Mehr Licht”, “MM”, “Haemus”, “Poeteka”. Parts of her work are included in the Anthology with Balkan poets and thinkers, “My last million”, published in Romanian language, 2014. Also she is present in the Anthology of New Albanian Poetry and Prose, published in Croatian by the bookstore Booksa in Zagreb, 2014.



ivana fotoIvana Maksić is a poet, essayist and translator born in 1984, in the former Yugoslavia. She has published three poetry books: O telo tvori me (O Body Em-Body Me), 2011; Izvan komunikacije (Beyond Communication), 2013; La mia paura di essere schiava (My Fear of Being Enslaved), 2014; and a chapbook Jaz sem tvoj propagandni film (I Am Your Agitprop Film, IGNOR festival, Slovenia), 2018. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies and numerous literary magazines in the Balkan region and she has participated in several poetry festivals. She co-edited two collections of socially engaged ex-Yu poetry: Do zuba u vremenu (Teeth Gritting in Time), 2014 and Rez (The Cut), 2016.

Polip-Lena1Lena Dorn is a scholar in literary studies and translator from Czech to German based in Leipzig, Germany. Recently, she translated children‘s books (David Böhm), poetry (Olga Stehlíková) and a novel (Vratislav Maňák). She also developed music arrangements for theater plays. Her essays about society, history, and memory culture have been published for example in „outside the box – Zeitschrift für feministische Gesellschaftskritik“, „Prager Frühling Magazin“, or „Pop Zeitschrift“. Additionally, she contributed to the „Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe“, and she has an ongoing PhD project on the cultural and philosophical history of literary translations. She is interested in electronic music and analog synthesizers.

56264400_265443651075306_5228862863128395776_nAzem Deliu was born on 10th of January 1996 in Skwnderaj, Kosovo. In literature he debuted with the poetry volume “Rain Funeral” in 2013, while as an early student he received the award “Distinguished Student”. However, the success that would make the name of Albanian literature, has reached with the novel “Illegal Psychology”, which was also published in London in English and was read at the Fabula Festival in Poznan, Poland, in Albanian and Polish. Part of his creativity are presented and published in English, Serbian, German and Polish. The Albanian and foreign press has compared him with names like Dostoyevsky, Kadare and others. In the largest Polish newspaper, Wyborcza, it was argued that the comparisons made by the press to Delius with Kadaren were right, until he was commented “a name to be remembered” shortly before meeting with the public at the Residence of the Artists in Poznan, Poland. Since the age of 19, Azem Deliu is a member of the Association of Philosophers of Kosovo. He has been invited to three residencies of two international literary festivals and will read part of his prose in this edition of POLIP.

prota photo 2Dragan Protic Prota is a famous artist and activist from Belgrade, active on the scene from the early 90’s in the art collective Skart, with strong sense of political and especially social in his work. Together with a couple of friends, also active in the field of poetry, he started the open mic festival Pesnicenje




15156747_1026958327427095_2305113326627904207_oErmirë Vrella was born in 1993, in Suhareka. She finished her Masters in Albanian Literature, at the University of Prishtina, and she works in lecture and editing. She has been published in Anthologies and online media, but mainly writes for fun. She is very much interested in Poetry and Photography. Currently she lives in a village, just like Thoreau, “for poetic motivations”.







220px-Clemens_Meyer_2010Clemens Meyer (born 3 October 1977 in Halle an der Saale, then East Germany) is a German writer. He is the author of Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming, 2006), Die Nacht, die Lichter (All the Lights, 2008), Gewalten (Acts of Violence, 2010), Im Stein (Bricks and Mortar, 2013), and Die stillen Trabanten (The Silent Satellites, 2017). Meyer won a number of prizes for his first novel Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming), published in 2006, in which a group of friends grow up and go off the rails in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He received the Rheingau Literatur Preis in 2006.  His second book, Die Nacht, die Lichter (All the Lights, 2008), was translated by Katy Derbyshire and published by independent London publisher And Other Stories in 2011. It won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2008. His third book, Gewalten (Acts of Violence), is a diary of 2009 in eleven stories. His 2013 novel Im Stein (Bricks and Mortar) has been translated by Katy Derbyshire and included in the long list for the International Man Booker Prize. The novel won the prestigious Bremer Literaturpreis in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Buchpreis in 2013.


Dragan Velikic was born in 1953 in Belgrade. He grew up in Pola in Croatia. Dragan studied world literature at the University of Belgrade. From 1991 until 1995 he was a columnist at the independent weekly newspaper „Vreme“, and from 1995 until early 1999 he was editor in chief at the publishing house of the Independent Radio B92 in Belgrade. Since March 1999 until 2005, he has been living in exile in Budapest and Vienna. From June 2005 to November 2009 Dragan was the Ambassador of Serbia in Austria. He has published ten novels and five books of essays, translated into sixteen languages. All of his novels were translated into German language. He is the most translated Serbian writer in Hungarian language. He received The Award of the City of Budapest for literature in 2013. He won the NIN Price (Serbian Booker) two times: for the novel The Russian Window (2007) sold in 20.000 copies and for The Investigator (2015) sold in 50.000 copies. The Russian Window was published in Albanian language by Koha in 2008. Dragan Velikić lives in Belgradeand works as a freelancer.


Elona Pira is the co-founder and the manager of Peizazhe të Fjalës, an online Albanian-language magazine devoted to critical examination of key social, cultural and political topics since 2007. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, with a concentration in cities. Elona lives in New York City and works at Cornell University, School of Industrial Labor Relations.


Matteo Colombi is a scholar in literary studies based in Leipzig, Germany, where he works at the Leibniz-Institutfür Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa. He was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1978. Matteo studied Comparative Literature in Bologna and German as well as Slavic Studies in Leipzig and Prague. He got an international PhD in Comparative Literature and Western Slavic Studies in L’Aquila, Italy, and Leipzig, on the issue of literature and multi-ethnicity in Habsburg and post-Habsburg Prague and Trieste. Matteo likes combining his research in the humanities with cultural and artistic projects: he is the author and performer of the theatre play ‘In den Arschheutenicht’. Some of his publications include: the collection Stadt – Mord – Ordnung. Topographien des Verbrechens in der Kriminalliteraturaus Ost- und Mitteleuropa (2012, as editor), articles “(Ethni)City Under Scrutiny – Tell Me Which Prague You like and I’ll Tell You Which Nation You Are (Not)!” (2016), “Hranice Terstaneb Obrazy provincie, centra a periferie naji hustře dovýchodní Evropy” (2015), and “Andere Geschichten. Das Nachleben der Partisanen in der slowenischen Kunst und Literatur” (2014).

DSC_0024.2Majlinda Bregasi is a linguist, a writer and a filmmaker. She has published a number of linguistic books and studies. In 2015 she published the university book “Beyond the public debates – conversation analysis”. She has translated into Albanian several generative studies of the eminent linguist Leonardo M. Savoia and Rita Manzini, published by the Academy of Science of Kosovo. Her first novel “Ikja” was selected best novel of 2016 by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Kosovo. ‘Fillimi i një fundi’, published in 20016, is a post modern novel that takes us back to the Albania of the seventeenth century. Bregasi is the author of several documentary films and has participated in many international festivals. She completed her studies of European Language and Literature, and American Studies at the University of Florence with honours, and obtained her PhD in Albanian Language and Literature, at the University of Prishtina.


Josep M. Rodriguez was born in Súria, Barcelona in 1976. He has written an essay about Japanese poetry in western literature, Hana o la flor delcerezo (2007), and six books of poems: Las deudas del viajero (1998), Frío (2002), La caja negra (2004), Raíz (2008), Arquitecturayo (2012) and Sangre seca (2017). These poetry collections compiled the anthology Ecosistemain 2015. His work, which is featured in the most important anthologies of contemporary Spanish poetry, both inside and outside the country, has been translated into many languages.  In 2017 his work has been published by Radar: a bilingual anthology Spanish-English. Josep has received several awards, including the Generation of ’27 International Prize. Additionally, he has published some short histories, the critical anthologies Yoesotro(2001) and Alfileres (2004). He has translated Kobayashi Issa’s Poemas de madurez (2008). Recently, the Universidad Autónomade Madrid has organized a conference on his poetry, and the magazine Fragmenta has published a monograph on his poetic work.

Lenhart-Tapes-04Lenhart Tapes is a Belgrade (Serbia) based musical project of Vladimir Lenhart. He started performing as a solo artist in October 2010, focusing on cassette tape sound manipulation. Based on ready-made principle, Lenhart selects diverse prerecorded material and mix it live on top of original rhythmic loops, while using walkmans as musical instruments. As a long and passionate collector of audio cassettes, Lenhart was always impressed with field recordings, ethno musicological content, spoken word and sound propaganda material, as well as audio postcards and various other forms of tape art. By using his fundus as audio structure, he intervenes on the material and brakes it into pieces and sound details, blending it this way into his own unique sound collage. As a part of cooperation with other musicians, in 2013 he started Lenhart Tapes Orchestra, a five piece ethno-noise ensemble that re-played and re-arranged the music he previously made using walkmans.

mirjanraic1Mirjana Raić from Novi Sad is ethnomusicologist, professor at art school and singer. She sings in a capella group called Rođenice. She was the lead vocal in Lenhart Tapes Orchestra, later occasionally working with Lenhart Tapes as a duo. Her latest solo works goes toward experimental and free improvised music, using her voice only.

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Ilire Zajmi is a writer and journalist born in Prizren, Kosovo in 1971. She studied journalism and communication science. Currently she works as the Head of Training Center of Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK). She also works as university professor and as a trainer of television journalism in Kosovo Media Institute. Ilire is also correspondent of the Italian news agency ANSA. She is author of five poem collections, three published in Albanian language, “Këmbanat e mëngjesit” “Baladë e bardhë”, “Valsi i mesnatës” and “Amnesia” published in Portugal by Corpos Editora, and “C’est la fin” published by l’Harmattan in France. She has written two novels “Fashitja e ëndrrave rebele”, “Era”, the book “Un treno per Blace” published in Italian language, in Italy in 1999, translated in Albanian and Croatian languages, and the study book “Television pictures and reality”, published by Saga publishing house, Kosovo. Ilire Zajmi’s poems are also translated in foreign languages. She has been presented with poems in many literary anthologies. Ilire is a winner of a special prize for poetry “Venttenale” of the international poetry contest held in Milan, Italy in 2011. She is also a winner of the National Poetry Prize “Mitingu i Poezisë” in 2013.

brestaShkumbin Brestovci was born in 1969 in Prishtina. He is a linguist, translator and free culture hacktivist. Shkumbin studied mathematics in Prishtina, Linguistics in Vienna and has been an entrepreneur running a comics publishing house and a digital production studio since 2002. Since 2009 he’s been engaged in grass roots groups advocating free culture, free software, feminism and open education. Bresta is a co-founder and head of the board of Alter Habitus – Feminist Institute for Studies in Society and Culture, and co-founder/board member of Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova.

31286106_10213437402502432_14776268046204928_n (1)Elona Culiq was born in Shkodra in 1986. She studied Psychology and has undergraduate studies in organizational department. She depicts the written word, poetry. In her poetry she keeps alive small, peripheral realities, which seem to be overwhelmed by the existence of human ignorance. In addition to the numerous literary and artistic festivals in and out of the country, in March 2017 she represented Albania at the Leipzig Book Fair and has been a member of the Biennale of the Mediterranean Artists in a duo performance with another artist. She has won several prices and her poems have been published in various literary anthologies in Albania and in Italy. In 2015 she published a book in German-Albanian in Austria and she will soon publish her second book supported by the Ministry of Culture in Albania. During November 2017, as a writer in residence in Qendra Multimedia, she started working on her newest literary project. In January and February as a resident in Vienna, she presented herself with a poetry-photography at the HERstory exhibition along with three other artists. Few months ago, she left her hometown and the river to come and live in Prishtina without a river. Photo by: Fjona Bashi


Peter Wawerzinek was born in 1954 as Peter Runkel. He is a German artist and writer. He was born in Rostock, at the time part of East Side Germany. His parents escaped from East Germany shortly after his birth leaving him behind. He grew up in the north of East Germany near the coast of the Baltic Sea and was adopted after some years in orphanages. He moved to East Berlin in 1978 where he studied art (without completing a degree), worked various jobs including as a gravedigger and a carpenter. In the 1980s, he became a performance artist and poet. Since 2010 he has been living in Berlin. He won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2010 for his excerpt Ich finde dich (I’ll Find You) of his novel Raben liebe (Bad Love, literally: Ravens’ Love) which was also on the short-list of the 2010 German Book Prize.

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Laura Huerga is the founder and editor of the Rayo Verde Editorial, Raig Verd Editorial. She publishes books in Spanish and Catalan. Some of the authors’ works published include Gerbrand Bakker, Peter Terrin, Magdalena Tulli, Kevin Barry, Zoran Malkoc, Ali Smith, Svetlana Aleksiévitx, Ngugiwa Thiong’o, Richard Flanagan, and Jean Echenoz. She wrote two books for children and one essay about censorship and repression in Spain. She published a catalogue with a selection of 60 Catalan women writers. She speaks twice a month about feminism in Catalunya Radio, the Catalan public radio.


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Bashkim Shehu was born in 1955 in Albania. Since a very young age, he had experienced in his own flesh the extremes of a totalitarian system. Son of one of the most important members of the system’s top leadership, purged by the dictator in 1981, he spent eight years in what is known as “Albania’s Gulag”, sentenced twice for what was considered a crime of opinion. Bashkim Shehu moved to Barcelona in 1997 thanks to the program Ciudades Refugio from the International Parliament of Writers, and he was a representative of this association in Barcelona from 1998 to 2000. Meanwhile,he continued his work as a literary writer and as a translator. Some of the authors he has translated into Albanian are: George Steiner, Hannah Arendt, Søren Kierkegaard, Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel García Márquez, J. G. Ballard, Eric Hobsbawn, Zygmunt Bauman and many more. His own books have been translated into English, French, Italian, Romanian, Serbian, and Catalan.

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Gonca Ozmen was born in Burdur, Southern Turkey in 1982. She has graduated in the English Language and Literature Department of Istanbul University in 2004. She finished her graduate studies with her thesis: “The Poet’s Descent into the Underworld in Nineteenth Century English Poetry” in 2008 and finished her PhD. with the thesis: “A Revision in Ekphrastic Poetry of Cubist Male Painters’ Representation of the Female Body” in 2016. Her first poem was published in 1997 when she was fifteen years old. She was rewarded as ‘worth paying attention poet’ in Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Prizes in the same year. She was also awarded with Ali Rıza Ertan Poetry Prize in 1999. 

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Svetlana Rakočević was born in 1973 in Mitrovica, Kosovo. She obtained a BA in Yugoslav and Comparative Literature from University of Belgrade. In 1990s she wrote book reviews and worked in the independent cultural center Rex, organizing its literary events and political debates. Since moving to London in 1999, Svetlana’s work has mainly been revolving around education (teaching Serbo-Croatian language and literature), translating and writing poetry. A selection of her poetry was published recently in Ovo nije dom (“This is Not A Home”, 2018.), a poetry collection of ex-Yugoslav female poets on the theme of immigration. Since 2010, when the Conservatives took power in the UK, she has been also involved as activist in many campaigns on the left, individually and through the grass root organization Momentum and the Precarious Workers Brigade collective. Her activism is directed against the neoliberal policies leading to the exploitation of free labor in the cultural sector and the marketization of higher education, as well as against the media blackout of the emancipatory struggles and plight of the Kurdish in Rojava/Northern Syria.

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Agron Tufa was born in 1967 in Diber, Albania. He studied Albanian philology at University of Tirana and later world literature at Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. There he also studied at the Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU), where he obtained his MA in literary translation, with emphasis on the poetry of Joseph Brodsky. He is a poet, author, translator from Russian and professor of the 20th Century Foreign Literature at the Philological Faculty at the University of Tirana. His works include the books of poetry Aty tek portat Skee (There at the Scaean Gates, 1996), Rrethinat e Atlantidës (The Surroundings of Atlantis, 2002), Avangardë engjëjsh (Vanguard of Angels, 2005), Fryma mbi ujëra (Spirit upon waters, 2007), Gjurma në rrjedhë (Footprint along the stream 2010),Fragmentet e Gjësë (Fragments of It) 2012, Kafsha apo fantazma (The animal or the ghost) 2016; the novels:Dueli (The Duel, 1998), Fabula Rasa (2004) for which he won the National Albanian “Silver Quill” Literary Award, Mërkuna e Zezë (Black Wednesday, 2006) and Tenxherja (The Pot, 2009) for which he won“Rexhai Surroi” National Kosovar Award for the best Albanian novel, Gurit të varri tia rrëfej (I confess it to the tombstone)2015, as well as the collection of essays Janusi qind fytyrësh (Hundred-faced Janus, 2004), Kuja e Mnemozinës (Mnemozine’s Howl, 2010), Nga hiri i të vdekurve (From the dead ashes), 2009, and the monographic work Dibra me sytë e tëhuajve (Dibra as foreigners have seen it, 2008).

DSCF5023-3Susanna Rafart is a poet, fiction writer and literary critic. She obtained a degree in Hispanic Studies (1985) and another in Catalan Studies (1992) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She worked in senior positions teaching Spanish Language and Literature in secondary schools. Currently she works as a literary critic for a number of publications and is engaged on a regular basis with the media (Avui newspaper, the review Caràcters, and various radio stations). Notable among her collections of poetry are Pou de glaç (2002) (Ice Well), winner of the 2001 Carles Riba Prize, Retratenblanc (2004) (Portrait in White) and Baies (2005) (Berries). Her poetic work is featured in various anthologies and has been translated into different languages. This poetic facet is completed with translations of the works of Yves Bonnefoy, Dino Campana and Salvatore Quasimodo. Susanna has also published works of fiction including La inundació (2003) (The Flood), Les tombes blanques (2008) (White Tombs) and Un corgrec (2006) (A Greek Heart). She has also published various works for children. Her oeuvre has received various awards including the Cavall Verd Prize (conferred by the Association of Catalan Language Writers) in the categories of translation and poetry, and the Crítica Serra d’Or Prize, among others.

get-attachment-1.aspxBorn 1962 in Zürich, Zora del Buono studied architecture at the ETH Zürich and HdK Berlin and worked as an architect and construction manager in Berlin. In 1998, Zora co-founded the ocean themed magazine mare ( with her childhood friend Nikolaus Gelpke. Alongside her work as journalist and editor of the culture section, in 2008 she published her first book, „Canitz’ Verlangen“, a novel about the contemporary Berlin gay scene and the last days of the Second World War. Since then she has published five books on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from cross generational love, the NSA, the character of trees, the working class of the Swiss tunnel system, and life on the road from top to bottom of the US Atlantic Coast. Throughout her work one can notice a constant conflict: on one hand the raw experience of simple pleasures, nature, travel, companionship and sex, and on the other hand the brutal truths of human life, injustice, animal suffering, poverty and misinformation. Her current work revolves around her Slovenian grandmother, a fiery communist, who collaborated in a murder in 1948, and whose story, like that of all grandmothers, still resonates in the lives of her grandchildren. Zora regularly leads workshops on the writing process. She lives in Berlin and Zürich.


Manjola Nasi, born in Tirana in 1982, is an Albanian poet and translator. Manjola holds a PhD in literature from the University of Tirana where she currently works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages. She has translated several important works into Albanian, most notably a collection of essays on Futurism, William James’s Pragmatism, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Selected Short Stories, a collection of poems, etc. As a poet, from an early age she has won several local and national prizes. She published her first book, Sonnet of Autumn in 2002 upon winning a literary competition. Following a relatively long hiatus, she returned to writing poems in 2014. From then on she has been actively participating in literary events in Albania and in the region, with some of her poems appearing in anthologies and periodic press. In 2017 she was awarded a national prize by the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Her second collection of poems, A Journey and a Half,was published in early 2018 and has been greeted with critical acclaim. She was one of three authors invited to represent Albania at the 2018 Leipzig Book Fair, where she was part of panel discussions on women in literature and the role of literature in present times and in Tradukistan. Manjola Nasi is a translator and poet who brings the vivid poetry of a younger generation of writers emerging in Albanian literature.

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Evelyn Schalk, born 1981 in Graz, Austria. Lives and works as a freelance author and journalist in Graz, Vienna, Berlin and wherever the road takes her. Mainly covering politics, social injustice, migration and feminist issues as well as cultural stuff. Studied Romance languages and literature, German Philology and Media and graduated with a dissertation about Austrian antifascist satire and political cabaret. Since 2004 she is co-founder and editor in chief of the wall newspaper ausreißer – Die Wandzeitung and publishes as a columnist in perspektive – hefte für zeit genössische literatur. 2013-16 she was a member of the Cultural Advisory Council of Graz. Directing the European Theatre Night 2016 she is a board member of the cultural lobbying organisation IG Kultur Österreich since 2017. Received several grants and scholarships, i.a. START – scholarship for literature 2015 of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and literature scholarship of Graz 2016. Currently finishing her first two books Graz abseits der Pfade (April 2018) and nacht.schicht (spring 2019). Always a traveller, journalist, author, activist and poet surfing cities, languages and literary experiments.


Saša Ilić was born in 1972 in Jagodina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He is the author of the stories Predosećanje građanskog rata (The prevision of the civil war, 2000) and the novels Berlin skookno (Berlin Window, 2005/2006) and Pad Kolumbije (Fall of Columbia, 2010). Saša has also edited Psećivek (The century of the dog, 2000), a collection of stories from narrators born after 1970. He was one of the founders and editors (till October 2013) of the literary supplement Beton. In 2013, he founded Beton International – newspaper for literature and society together with Alida Bremer. His novel Pad Kolumbije has been translated into Albanian (Rënia e Kolumbisë, 2013).

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetRina Krasniqi (1988) is a writer and photographer. She is co-founder and curator of Lirindja,the independent literary zine that is published in Prishtina. Her literary works were published in Lirindja, while her articles and interviews were published by the National Gallery of Kosovo, Foundation Unë e du Kosovën, Balkan Insight, Kosovo 2.0 and Prishtina Insight, where she writes regularly on culture. Rina has graduated in Media and Communications (RIT) and currently works as communications coordinator at Foundation Unë e du Kosovën and is also involved in other commissioned work. Photo by: Tadi

Photo - Nikola MadzirovNikola Madzirov (poet, essayist, translator) was born in 1973 in Strumica, Macedonia. His poetry has been translated into over thirty languages. The contemporary US jazz composer Oliver Lake, collaborator of Björk and Lou Reed, has composed music based on Madzirov’s poems. His book Relocated Stone (2007) was given the East European Hubert Burda poetry award and the most prestigious Macedonian poetry prize Miladinov Brothers at Struga Poetry Evenings. Other awards include Xu Zhimo Silver Leaf award for European poetry at King’s College in Cambridge and Studentski Zbor award for best debut in Macedonia. Madzirov was granted several international fellowships: International Writing Program (IWP) at University of Iowa in USA; DAAD in Berlin, Marguerite Your cenar in France or Passa Porta in Brussels. American poet and Pulitzer award winner, Mark Strand, wrote: Madzirov’s poetry is like discovering a new planet in the solar system of the imagination. He lives in Strumica.

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Alida Bremer (born 1959 in Split, Croatia) studied in Belgrade, Rome, Münster and earned her PhD in Comparative Literature in Saarbrücken. Since 1986 she has lived in Münster and has been writing in German since 1993. She has published stories, poems and essays in German that have appeared in, among other languages, Albanian, English, Macedonian, Romanian, Dutch and Croatian. She has translated novels, theatre pieces, poetry collections and essays by Croatian and Serbian authors into German. Her debut novel Olivas Garten appeared in 2013 by Eichborn Verlag (paperback in 2017 by Ullstein Verlag), and she was awarded the Robert Bosch Stipendium for this work. With KulturKontakt Austria she published the ten-part series Kroatische Literature der Gegenwart (Contemporary Croatian Literature). She was co-editor of the anthology Konzert for das Eis, Gedichte as Kroatien (Concert forthe Ice, Poems from Croatia, 2010)and Glückliche Wirkungen. Eine literarische Reise in bessere Welten (Prosperous ImpactsA Literary Journey into the better worlds, 2017). In 2014, she setup Beton International, Zeitung for Literature und Gesellschaft together with Saša Ilić. Bremer has been involved as a curator with numerous international literature festivals and other literary projects, and is a member of VdÜ (Verband deutsch sprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissen schaftlicher Werkee.V.), Literatur verein Münster and PEN Croatia. Photo by: Carola Loeser.

Ardian VehbiuArdian Vehbiu is the author of 13 books, including several works of fiction that narrate everyday life and recent history. He is also the author of non-fiction works, focusing on the linguistic and semiotic aspects of contemporary culture.  He has notably analyzed public discourse in totalitarian Albania and the nature of exchanges between cultures lacking a common language. Ardian is the founder, director and editor of “Peizazhe të fjalës” (Landscapes of the Word), a leading Albanian-language online cultural magazine for over 10 years. His work was most recently included in the Dalkey Archive Press “Best European Fiction 2018” anthology. 

Foto_profiliTinka Kurti was born in Gjakova and lives in Prishtina since she was 18. Kurti studied Journalism at University of Prishtina while also worked as journalist in several local media, including Koha Vision for three years and as a freelancer for Jeta në Kosovë. Actually she is also studying Philosophy for Master degree at University of Prishtina. Now, she is committed as a political activist at SELF DETERMINATION! Movement. She also writes articles and poetry. Some of her work has been published in online media in Kosovo.

1234 - CopyEdi Matic (Croatia) was born in 1962 in Split where he studied electrical engineering. During the war he was in charge of a German peace and humanitarian organization in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He worked as a graphic designer, organized concerts, produced music and videos and also co-produced Sarajevski krug, a musical staged in a dozen countries in Europe and the US. Edi has published three novels: Ovdje fali ženska ruka (2008), which, besides being one of the finalists of VBZ Competition for the best unpublished novel, was nominated for Kiklop Prize and shortlisted for T-Portal Award, Grimalda (2012) which was translated into German, Serbian and Macedonian and awarded the Steier märkische Bank literary award, and finally Regija stranaca (2016).  His short stories and poems were published in anthologies and literary journals in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Kosovo and Macedonia. His photographs were exhibited at Art Point Gallery in Vienna, Foto galerie im Rathaus in Graz, and Forum Europa / Leipzeger Buchmesse. He is a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association, Croatian Writers’ Society and an honorary member of PEN BIH. In 2008, he founded Kurs – the Association for Promoting Culture and the Arts and the Writers in Residence Project which has until now hosted and presented hundred international authors and translators to the Split audiences.

cottenAnn Cotten (born 1982, Ames, Iowa) is an American-born Austrian writer. At the age of five years Ann Cotten was taken to Vienna by her parents, who are both biochemists and worked in Vienna. There she finished university in 2006 with a work about Concrete Poetry. At the same time she first emerged as a poet at poetry slams. In 2007 Cotten, whose work has been published in anthologies and poetry journals, found considerable success as a writer with her first book, Fremd wörter buch sonnette, which was published at Suhrkamp. Other books with Suhr kamp are Florida-Räume in 2001, Der schaudernde Fächer in 2013, Verbann! Versepos in 2016. Some of her poems have been translated into English and published in journals like burning deck (USA). In 2010 Cotten collaborated with visual artist Kerstin Cmelka in a book called I, Coleoptile containing original English poetry and film stills, published by Broken Dimanche Press. The book Lather in Heaven, published by the same editor in 2016, assembles her work in English up to date, as well as some selected translations from the German. She lives in Vienna and in Berlin.


Jurgen Jankofsky was born in 1953 in Merseburg, Germany. After he studied chemistry and worked as professional musician, Jurgen studied literature at Literatur institut Leipzig. He is member of Verband Deutscher Schriftsteller (VS), PEN and bursary and writer in residence in Canada. In 2012, Jurgen was honored by the Governmental Department for Culture of Armenia and is a Member of Honour of Writers Organisation of Armenia. Since 2006, he is Vice-President of the Federal Society of the Friedrich-Bödecker-Kreise. Jurgen is the editor of the literary magazine of Saxony-Anhalt “oda – Ort der Augen” and since 2017 he works as a Treasurer of the German PEN. He is the author of more than 50 books. His works are published in more than 20 countries.

Miruna VladaMiruna Vlada is a Romanian writer, cultural facilitator and political researcher based in Bucharest. She studied political science and international relations in Bucharest, Graz, Berlin and Ljubljana. In the last 10 years she organized and moderated numerous literary events in the main cities in Romania. In 2014, Miruna published her PhD thesis (Bosnia and Herzegovina – a critical case study of Europeanization) and now she teaches international relations at the university in Bucharest. Her first book “Poemextrauterine / Ectopic Poems” (2004), was published when Miruna was 18 years old. Her book provoked a public debate about “feminine” writing. The book received several national awards for debut in poetry. Her second book “Pauzadintrevene / Break Between Veins” was published in 2007. Miruna’s work was included in several anthologies of the most important young Romanian poets and she was awarded by the Bucharest Writers’ Association. In 2014, she published her 3rd book of poetry „Bosnia.Partaj / Bosnia.Partition” considered by Romanian literary critics a „revival of Romanian political poetry” and nominated for the most important cultural awards of the year. The book was awarded with the Best Poetry Book of the Year 2014 Prize at the National Gala of Radio Cultural Romania, the National Broadcasting Company. In 2016 she received the Traduki Literary Residency in Sarajevo. She participated in international literary readings in Bruxelles, London, Stockholm, and Leipzig. Selections of her poems have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Serbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Swedish and Albanian.

antoineAntoine Jaccoud (1957) is a Swiss author who writes for film, theatre and performance. His film credits include « Home » and « Sister », directed by Ursula Meier, both films receiving international awards, among them a Silver Bear at Berlinale for « Sister » in 2012. As a playwright, Antoine Jaccoud wrote « Lolo’s husband>>, monologue  about the famous dead french porn star Lolo Ferrari, « Pandemic » (a black farce about bird flu epidemic) or « Farewell to animals» (a farewell to animals..), all plays that were– or are still- performed in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, or Poland. Involved in the support of bosniak refugees in Switzerland, Jaccoud also created in 2005 a one week performance gathering 14 survivors of the Srebrenica genocide on the stage of a Geneva theater. Jaccoud is also a member of « Bern ist überall », a group of Swiss writers performing
their works on stage with musicians, who had a tour in Kosovo in 2017 with many local guests and the support of Quendra Multimedia.


gregorypardloGregory Pardlo‘s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016.  He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

135Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet born in Damascus in 1979. He has lived in Stockholm since 2008. Almadhoun has published four collections of poetry, the latest “Adrenaline” in Milano 2014. In Sweden he has been translated and published in two collections: Asylansokan (Ersatz, 2010) which was awarded the Klas de Vylders stipendiefond for immigrant writers. He also authored Till Damaskus (Albert Bonniers Forlag, 2014) together with the Swedish poet Marie Silkeberg, which was included in “Dagens Nyheter” (the largest Swedish newspaper) literary critic list for Best New Books and converted to a Radio Play for Swedish National Radio. With Silkeberg, Almadhoun has also made several poetry films. His work has been translated into Swedish, German, Dutch, Greek, Slovenian, Italian, English, French, Danish and Chinese. The Dutch translation of Almadhoun’s poems, Weg Van Damascus, (Uitgeverij Jurgen Maas) Amsterdam 2014, was one of the top 10 selling poetry books in Belgium for several weeks in 2015.

FotoBorn in 1965, Laurence Boissier is a graduate of HEAD, the Geneva school of art and design. She started her work with performance art before turning to writing. In 2008, the canton of Geneva awarded her a grant which encouraged her to pursue her writing career. In 2011, Cahier des charges, a collection of short stories, was published by d’autre part. Inventaire des lieux, her second book, published by Art@fiction in 2016, won the 2017 swiss litterature prize. Since 2011, she is part of Bern ist Überall, a spoken word group of swiss authors and musicians. Bern ist Überall produces one CD every year. This year, they have chosen Kosovo as their theme. A tour is planned for the month of October 2017.

fotoAna Ćurčin is a singer-songwriter born in Baghdad, raised in Moscow and based in Belgrade, Serbia. Her music blends the traditions of folk, Americana and dream pop into a musical atmosphere of her own. She performs either as a solo artist or with her band. Two amazing singles “Cut Loose” and “I Can’t” as well as deeply touching live performances brought Ana under the spotlight in a short period of time and made her one of the most promising acts of Eastern European singer-songwriter scene. Ana’s live performances include many notable venues throughout Europe including Exit Festival. In January 2015. “Sketches of Belonging” was released in January 2016, the first single was “Remain Calm”. Ana Curcin & the band are: Ana Ćurčin, Goran Antović (keyboards), Marko Cvetković (bass), Marko Benini (drums).

FotoAlida Bremer, (born 1959 in Split, Croatia) finished her Comparative Literature studies at the University of Saarbrücken. Some of her publications, among others, are: Jugoslawische (Sch)Erben: Probleme und Perspektiven (Osnabrück 1993); Kriminalistische Dekonstruktion: Zur Poetik der postmodernen Kriminalromane (Würzburg 1999); Literarischer Reiseführer: Istrien (Klagenfurt/Celovec 2008); etc. Together with the KulturKontakt Austria she is the publisher of the „Kroatische Literatur der Gegenwart“ in ten volumes. She has translated literary works of authors such as Edo Popović, Ivana Sajko, Renato Baretić, Zvonko Maković, Delimir Rešicki, Marko Pogačar. Together with the Hungarian author György Dalos she is was the curator of „Kroatien als Schwerpunktland zur Leipziger Buchmesse“ program in 2008. She received „Grenzgänger“ fellowship of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for the work on the novel Olivas Garten (published in August 2013 at Eichborn Verlag, Köln) and was 2008-2014  a freelancer for the S. Fischer Foundation and the network Traduki. Alida is a member of the Croatian PEN center.

unaUna Hajdari is a Prishtina-based journalist who has covers politics and interethnic issues in the wider Balkan region for English, Serbian and German outlets. She is involved in media activism as a regional representative of Reporters Without Borders, as well as being part of various political activist campaigns.

Eli Krasniqi_photo by Jetmir IdriziEli Krasniqi is anthropologist, writer and feminist activist. She is co-founder and director of Alter Habitus – a feminist institute for studies in society and culture in Prishtina. Her literary work was published in Prishtina and Tirana Albanian literary magazines and in an anthology of Roma poetry. In May 2017 Multimedia Centre will publish her play ‘Citycide’ which was awarded by National Theatre in 2011. Photo by: Jetmir Idrizi


Naime Beqiraj was born in Peja. She did her master degree in philology sciences. She is lecturer in several universities in Kosovo. From the early age she started to work in journalism, as reporter, analyst of cultural issues, editor and moderator. She writes poetry, stories, essays,  literature studies and publicity history. She published 3 books of poetry: “Mbi Siparunt” (1990), “Maket Kosove” (2000), and “Njomja e fikut” (2009). Her poetry is presented in several anthologies and awarded with literary prizes at variety poetry festivals in Kosovo and abroad. She also writes song texts. Photo by: Bashkim Hasani

arbenidrizi-by-kushtrim-ternavaArben Idrizi was born 1974 in Vushtrri, Kosovo. In 2003 he published his first poetic collection Heqakeq (MM, 2003); and his second one Libri i të qenit in 2010. He has translated and published Valerio Magrelli’s poems in a collection titled Hiçi që është nën. Arben has worked for five years for the weekly magazine ‘Zëri’ and as of 2005 he writes for the daily newspaper ‘Gazeta Express’. He is regular contributor to the literary magazine MM. Arben has also translated from Italian works of notable poets such as S. Quasimodo, E. Montale, Cesare Pavese, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mario Luzi, Alda Merini, F. Santi, which were then published at various literary magazines in Kosovo and Albania. In 2013 his collection with poems Kafshët e duan atdheun was published in Serbian language supported by the 2012’s annual edition of polip literature festival. In 2016, his new collection with poems Fletore poezish 10 – 15 was published by Qendra Multimedia. Photo: Kushtrim Ternava.

photo-aic-157Aïcha Arnaout born in Damas, the 13th of October 1946. Living in Paris since 1978. From 1961, she started writing, publishing and participating in different poetical manifestations and as well as being part of several anthologies. Her first book was publisht in arabic  « L’Incendie », her last novel being the « Je te conduis vers l’autre». She published five books in french language, the last one is « La traversé du blanc » in 2011. She is also translating poetry and theatrical pieces into arabic, like « Le Spleen de Casablanca » from the poet Abdellatif Laâbi.

studlar2-c-anna-sto%cc%88cherBernhard Studlar (Playwright) was born in 1972 in Vienna, Austria. He studied Dramatics, Philosophy and Literature at the University of Vienna and Playwriting at the UdK Berlin. He won several prizes for his work, for example the „Kleist-Förderpreis“ for his play „A. Ist eine andere“ („A. Is another) or the prize for Best play of Heidelberger Stückemarkt for „Transdanubia-Dreaming“ (Engl. „Vienna Dreaming“) The WorldPremiere was in January 2003 at Burgtheater Wien. Since this time he is working as a playwright, dramaturg, tutor and director for theatres in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In 2005 he founded the intercultural playwrights-project WIENER WORTSTAETTEN together with the director Hans Escher. For more infos visit (c) foto Anna Stoecher.

lubonjaFatos Lubonja (human rights activist, writer, journalist, artist) was  born in 1951. In 1974, finished his studies for physics. In the same year was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for “agitation and propaganda” after police found his writings, which contained criticisms of the dictator Hoxha. In 1979, while still incarcerated, faced a second accusation, as a member of a “counterrevolutionary organisation”  and was sentenced to a further 16 years. Following his release from prison in 1991, became involved in human rights, as General Secretary of Albanian Helsinki Committee. In 1994 has founded the quarterly review Përpjekja (“Endeavour”), – an endeavour to introduce the critical spirit in the Albanian culture. 33 issues have been published untill now. Lubonja is author of several books, fiction and non-fiction.  He is winner of many important local and international prices and awards. Living between Tirana and Florence he continues his work as director of the cultural journal “Perpjekja” and as a writer, freelance journalist and artist.

FotoEkaterina Petrova is a literary translator, cultural journalist, and interpreter. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1980, she graduated from the American School of Kuwait, then went on to earn a BA from Macalester College in Minnesota and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Currently based in Sofia, she has also spent time living in New York, Berlin, Cuba, Northern Ireland, and the south of France.Her original nonfiction writing and her translations of short stories, excerpts from novels, screen and theatre plays, and journalistic articles have appeared in Bulgarian and international publications. In 2014, Ekaterina was awarded the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s Fellowship for Literary Translators and spent a three-week residency at Open Letter Books in Rochester, New York. As a participant in the “Pristina has no river” artists-in-residence program, she will be working on several projects, including new texts for her collection of nonfiction short stories about fascinating and curious objects from the Balkans and around the world, and her translation of BogdanRusev’s novella collection Come to Me, which will be published by the Dalkey Archive Press in the US. In the fall of 2017, she will begin an MFA program in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa, where she has been awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship.

FotoDinko Telećan was born in 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1999 graduated in Philosophy and English language and literature from the University of Zagreb. He is currently studying sinology at the same university. He published four books of poems (Clashes, 1997, Gardens & Red Phase, 2003, Beyond, 2005, and Needlestack, 2011), a metaphysical study Freedom and Time (2003), travel books Lotus, Dust and Poppy (2008) and Asian Suite (2015), a book of essays called The Desert (2009) as well as a novel titled The Deserter (2013). Selections from his works were translated into dozen languages. Translated over 70 books from English and Spanish into Croatian. Also works as a free lance literary and radio editor. Won various awards for his translations and essays, among them the annual award of the Croatian Literary Translators’ Association for the translation of J. G. Frazer’s Golden Bough in 2002, and the Award for the best non-fictional translation at the Sarajevo Literary Fair in 2006 for the translation of Slavoj Žižek’s The Ticklish Subject. Winner of the European Prize for Poetry at the Festival of Poetry in Curtea de Argeş (Romania) in 2013, as well as Sahitya Shree Award for his contribution in the field of literature (Thiruvananthapuram, India, 2014). He is a member of the Croatian Writers’ Society and Croatian Literary Translators’ Association.

FotoRrona Jaka was born in 1995 in Gjakova, where she finished elementary school in “Mazllum Këpuska”. She attended “Hajdar Dushi” high school, but ended up graduating from “Sami Frashëri” high school in Prishtina due to her family moving. In 2013 she started her studies of Albanian literature at the University of Prishtina. For two years now she’s been translating for literary magazine “Jeta e re”. In 2015 she published her first novel called “Aresa” which elaborates social justice and homosexuality. Currently interested in metafiction and post-postmodernist studies.

18052100_10155151479137246_1000896205_o-tandem- is a duo, newly formed by Blerta Kosova&Oda Haliti, both fanatics of experimental music. The energy, the same taste in music, the love for music, the courage for navigation on various music genres,  experimentation on mixing, keyboards, and vocals will make us understand why these to artists merged into this duo. It’s a new format of presentation if we compare to what we are used to expect from them on stage. tandem is moving on…follow them. Photo by: Meddy Huduti

FotoFatime Kosumi is a singer, songwriter and a film producer born in Rosenheim, as the daughter of Albanian parents, originating from Kosovo. After moving to Kosovo from 2001 till 2010 where she was politically and musically active, she now is based in Berlin, where she founded her musical project ANDRRA, which is an interdisciplinary music and film project. Together with filmmaker Vincent Moon, who also worked with Arcade Fire, REM, Beirut and more, she traveled with the support of Music Board Berlin and the Municipality of Prishtina to different regions of Kosovo in May 2014 to find and record nearly forgotten old female folk songs. They were in search of a specific approach to folk music, that of, rhapsodies sung by peasant women. The result manifested itself in the short documentary “KANG E DEFA – Female Rhapsodies of Kosova“. With the Berlin based music producer and composer PC Nackt, together they produced ANDRRA’s upcoming EP ‚Palinë‘ which is based on 5 songs from various Albanian speaking regions that tell the story of a 14 year old girl called Palinë. Her story was the story of the majority of Albanian women in the villages only a few decades ago and still is a widespread phenomena in the global sense, considering that over 700 Million women alive today where married as children. Photo: Kushtrim Tërnava.

18055992_1901871013381932_1595467852404085530_oKralj Čačka eng. King of Cacak, Čačak is a city in west-central Serbia) is the musical brainchild of Nenad Maric, a painter and a poet. For more than a decade Kralj Čačka is best kept secret of Balkan music scene, often called the “Serbian Tom Waits” and compared to Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg, Frank Sinatra… Kralj Čačka proves with every concert – music is only a question of love and emotion! His music is an unique walk through the blues, jazz and folk, painted with socially engaged comments. “Zemlja snova” is the first studio album for Kralj Čačka. It was recorded in Belgrade during summer and autumn of 2016.


Majlinda Bregasi has a Ph.D. in Linguistics. She studied European Language and Literature and American Studies at the University of Florence and Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Prishtina. She is the Dean of English Language and American Studies at Dardania College and has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Prishtina since 2003. She also worked as a video-journalist and documentary producer at Radio Television of Kosova. Her documentaries – “the lament of mountains” and “the code of life” have participated in many international festivals.  She has published many linguistic papers. In 2015, she translated from English and Italian the book of many generative studies of the eminent linguist Leonardo M. Savoia, published by the Academy of Science in Kosovo, and published her book “Beyond the public debates, conversation analysis”. Her first novel “Ikja” won the best novel of 2016 prize by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Kosovo.

FotoNina Cara was born in 1982 in Albania. She obtained a degree in English Language and Literature and worked for several years in Journalism. After going in PR from journalism she shifted towards a more business oriented career, while always keeping on writing editorial pieces and poetry. Her poetry has been published in various literary magazines, such as Lirindja, Saras, as well as published in the Anthology of some young poets in Albania. She is a regular writer and poetry reader among her fellow young writers in Tirana.

FotoLura Limani is a writer, editor, and researcher based in Prishtina. She studied sociology, comparative literature, and cultural studies in Prishtina, New York, and Freiburg.  Her short stories have been published in Lirindja; her essays & comments in Fabrikzeitung, Balkan Insight, Prishtina Insight, etc. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight and curates the independent zine Lirindja.

16996857_10154628808672946_862520705_nShpetim Selmani born on 1986 in Pristina. Has obtained a degree from the University of Pristina – Faculty of Arts in Acting. Beside writing poetry and novels he also plays regularly in theatre plays. His last book is, “Writings from a Wrangler”. Shpetim writes continuously for the alternative blog S’bunker. He’s also a dreamer that doesn’t seem to be needed by anyone. Photo by: Blerta Hocia

esk-2016-kefah-ali-deebKefah Ali Deeb, b. 1982, Latakia/Syria, is an artist and children’s book author. After studying fine arts in Damascus and Latakia, she taught drawing and worked as an editor of children’s books at the Syrian Ministry of Culture. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Syria, and most recently the Venice Biennale. Her short story for children Nuzhet Alsulhufat (tr.: Turtle picnic) was awarded the Sharjah Arab Creativity Award in 2012. As a member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, Ali Deeb is an advocate for peaceful and democratic change in Syria. She has been repeatedly arrested for her oppositional stance towards the Assad regime. In fall 2014, she fled to Berlin, where she has been granted asylum.

gani-jakupi-polip-2017Gani Jakupi, Kosovo born multimedia artist, exercised journalism, writing, translation, illustration, design and photography, before eventually reducing his activities to the graphic novel and jazz composition. The French adaptation in a comic book of his novel Dia de grácia (written in Spanish) entered the selection of the Angoulême Festival in 2010. He was awarded for his graphic novels: Brique d’or in Toulouse for Le roi invisibleCognito award in Brussels Book Fair and the Special Prize of the Jury in ROMIC (Rome) for the Retour au Kosovo. His graphic novels are translated to Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalonian, English, Russian, Albanian and Bosnian. Wikipedia:  Facebook:  YouTube:

2016_04_sw11Hamed Abboud born in Deir Ez-Zor 1987, Syria lives in Vienna, Austria. Abboud participated in public reading events since 2005 in Syria, Egypt and Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He published regularly his texts in numerous magazines since 2005 in Syria and the Middle East. Abboud published his first poem collection “The Rain of the First Cloud” (2012) by Arwad Publishers International Inc. He is the winner of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau scholarship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart in Germany (2015).

entelaEntela Tabaku Sörman was born in Shkodra, Albania, living from 1998 in Sweden. She works at the University of Stockholm, from where she also obtained her PhD on Italian Linguistics. Tabaku have published two books with her poetry in Albanian: “50 poezi dhe 5 intermexo”, Shkodër, 1996 and “Një grusht jetë sa me vdekë” [A fist of life so I could die], Tiranë, 2016.

fotoShqiptar Oseku is a social worker, poet, translator, and publicist. He is born in 1970 in Gjakovë, Kosovo, and has lived in Sweden for the last 28 years. He has authored and/or co-authored seven translations of Albanian contemporary poetry to Swedish and vice-versa. He authored two poetry colletions, Kryquesi i shpirtit (Drita/ABF, 2000) and Poezi (Drita/ABF, 2004) in Sweden, while his third, Requiem (PA, 2014), was published in Prishtinë, Kosovo. He writes columns in Albanian newspapers and magazines, mulling politics, gender and social issues, and shifting cultural identities.

nir-baramNir Baram was born into a political family in Jerusalem in 1976. His grandfather and father were both ministers in Israeli Labor Party governments. He has worked as a journalist for Harretz newspaper and as an editor of Non fiction books and classic novels in Am-Oved publishing house. Baram is also an advocate for equal rights for Palestinians. He began publishing fiction when he was twenty-two, and is the author of five novels, including The Remaker of Dreams (2006), Good People (2010) and World Shadow (2013). His novels have been translated into 13 languages, were best sellers in Israel and in different countries and received critical acclaims around the world. In the prestigious German newspaper, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, Baram was described : “Quite possibly, Dostojewski would write like this if he lived in Israel today”. Baram has been shortlisted several times for the Sapir Prize (the Israeli Booker), for Rome prize for foreign literature and in 2010 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Hebrew Literature. In 2016 his non fiction book, “In a land beyoned the mountains”, describing his one year journey into the West Bank and East Jerusalem, was published both in Israel and in Germany.

milos-polipMiloš Živanović (4.8.1976, Belgrade), co-founder and co-editor of KPZ Beton ngo and Cultural-propaganda set Beton. Author: Ignore The Nightmare In The Bathroom, Matica srpska, Novi Sad, 2006; Kubernetes – priče o pilotu(Kubernets – stories about a pilot), Plima, Ulcinj, 2008; Lirika pasa(Lyric of Dogs), Algoritam, Zagreb, 2009; co-author of theatrical-musical performance “Opera za dinar”, with “Ah, Ahilej” ensemble, based on the book Lirikapasa; Razbijanje(The Killing), Algoritam, Zagreb/Beograd, 2011.

jazrakhaleedJazra Khaleed (b. 1979 in Grosny, Chechnya) lives in Athens, writes exclusively in Greek, and is known as a poet, editor, translator and filmmaker. His works are protests against the injustices in contemporary Greece, especially the growing xenophobia and racism. His poems have been widely translated for publications in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan. He is co-editor of the poetry magazine “Teflon”, where he publishes his own translations and essays. His newest short film “Gone Is Syria, Gone” has been selected for numerous international festivals.

%cf%80%ce%bf%cf%81%cf%84%cf%81%ce%b5%cf%84%ce%bf-%cf%84%cf%85%ce%bd%ce%b7-1Theodoros Grigoriadis was born in 1956 in Paleohori, Kavala. He studied English Literature at the University of Thessaloniki, taught English  in public schools and conducted literary seminars in Serres Public Library. He has published ten novels, one novella, two collections of short stories and three plays. The novel “Partali” (2001) was translated in French and adapted as a monologue for the Athens Festival in 2011. A few short stories were translated in Dutch, English and Turkish. He is a literary reviewer, member of the jury of the “Athens Prize for Literature” and member of the Hellenic Author’s Society. He lives in Athens.

bardh franguBardh Frangu was born in 1956, in Sllatinë të Poshtme, in the municipality of Vitia, where he also went to elementary school. He attended high school in Ferizaj and completed his education by studying philology at the Department of Albanian Language and Literature in the University of Prishtina. He works and lives in Ferizaj and regularly writes articles for publication. He is currently the culture editor of the daily newspaper, Zëri [Voice], in Prishtina. He has published the following books: Ora e shtëpisë [House snake]  (poetry), , “Rilindja”, Prishtina 1989; Kohë të kauçukta [Time of ambiguity] (novel), “Rilindja”, Prishtina 1993; Fluturimi dhe rënia e Ben Balës [The rise and fall of Ben Bala] (novel), “Rozafa”, Prishtina 2010; Laviret e duan atdheun më shumë [Prostitutes love their homeland more] (poetry), “OM”, Prishtina 2013; Udhëtim në përjetësi [Eternal journey] (play), “De Rada”, Ferizaj 2014; Në sheshin e krenarisë [In the square of pride] (play), “De Rada”, Ferizaj 2014; Duke pritur trenat [Waiting for the train] (play), “De Rada”, Ferizaj 2014

Authors 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAViveka Sjögren was born in Sweden 1966. She left Stockholm in her twenties to live on the countryside in the northern part of Sweden, and has remained there. She has studied art, psychology, children’s culture, creative writing and literature. Most of her writing is pointed towards the young readers; she has published fifteen illustrated children’s books with her own illustrations, and three teen novels, out of which one was nominated for the Swedish literary prize Augustpriset. She has also written drama and poetry for performances, and was one of six female authors in the performing group BLÄCK. She is currently involved with a community theatre project based on her book That day, handles an educational literary exchange project between Sweden and Nepal, and is the chairman of the International Council at the Swedish Writer’s Union. In the links below you can find more information about Viveka:


Annette Rosengren
, Sweden, is a former museum curator who turned to nonfiction writing. With a PhD in ethnology and great interest in documentary genres she has studied and written about aspects on Swedish subcultures, mostly to understand everyday life from The Others point of view, less to analyze theoretically. Her latest book (2014) is about everyday life and surviving in Athens, Greece, among refugees from Afghanistan and other countries. She continues to follow the great, tragic exodus of now. For an earlier book about people waiting for asylum in Sweden she travelled in Kosovo 2005 to meet people who had been deported back or had relatives in Sweden. Her books are in Swedish.

FotoXhevdet 2Xhevdet Bajraj was born on the 6th of March in Kosovo but he currently lives in Mexico. He is a poet and translator. He has won literary awards and his poetry was translated in many languages and was involved in various anthologies in Albanian, Spanish, Serbian and English. Bajraj lives in Mexico since 1999, where he got a scholarship from the International Writers Parliament. He is a co-star in the movie Aro Tolbukhin – in the mind of the killer, of the director Agustin Villaronga and the movie has won various International Awards. He has recorded as well some of his poetry with the Spanish rock band (Silencios incomodos), Grabaxiones Alicia, 2006. Since 2002 he works as a professor in the Academy of Literary Creativity in the Autonoma University of Mexico, where he teaches poetry.

10682434_10152444439070345_8732900480529526654_oSenem Cevher was born in 1982. She finished her education at Izmir Municipality Theatre and Izmir Youth Theatre when she was at high school. She studied at Yeditepe University Fine Arts Faculty Theatre Acting Department in 2005. After graduation, she worked at Amsterdam Theatre Rast, Istanbul Tiyatro Oyunevi, Ahsap Cerceve Puppet Theatre and Istanbul National Theatre. In 2011, she graduated from Bahcesehir University Acting Department Master Degree Programme and now she works for Bahcesehir University as a lecturer.And also she studies at 9 Eylul University Fine Arts Faculty Theatre Department PhD Programme and Sofia National Academy Theatre Film Arts Theatre Directing Department. She translated Jeton Neziraj, Edward Bond, Simona Semevic, Lia Karavia, Stefan Capaliku and Ilir Gjocaj’s texts.

Xhevahir SpahiuXhevahir Spahiu a poet, publisher, translator, academic. Born in 1 March 1945, in the town of Malind, Skrapar in southern Albania. He studied Albanian Literature at the University of Tirana, from which he graduated in 1967. He has since worked as a journalist, teacher, publisher, poet and playwright.  In 1993 he became secretary of the Albanian Artists’ and Writers’ Association, whose president he has been until 2001. Since 2008  he is a member of the Academy of Science of Albania. Spahiu got affirmed as poet in the late ‘60s with his particular poetic voice. Concise free lyrics, dynamic rhythm, and generalizing thinking of the metaphoric expression are the characteristics and particularities of Spahiu poetic work. Considered one of the most forceful, vociferous and talented poets of modern Albania, a voice of survival, he is author of 12 poetry books. Additional works of Spahiu count seven poetry books for children, three literature essayistic summaries, translations from the international poetry, as well as lyrics of songs.

Shuki GashiShukrije
Gashi (Shuki)
, was born in Prishtina, in Kosovo. Her political activism started in the ‘80s in the Movement for a Republic of Kosovo within Yugoslavia. In 1983, she was sentenced to 2 years in prison. After her release from prison, the authorities obstructed the completion of her studies, but she graduated in 1989. From 1994 onwards,she worked as a journalist for the daily newspaper ‘Rilindja’ (Rebirth). Gashihad published much earlier in the press of that time, but because she was categorized as ‘politically unsuitable’, she usually published under a pseudonym. After prison and until 1999, she was denied the right to a passport. She published her first book of poems, “The Art of Forgetfulness,” in 1997, and she has over 80 unpublished poems and prose texts. Shuki Gashiis the executive director of the organisation, ‘Partners KosovoCentre for Conflict Management’ and she is a feminist activist for human rights.

Svetlana RakocevicSvetlana Rakočević (Belgrade, 1973), lives and works in London, as a precarious cultural worker and educator. Before moving to the United Kingdom, she had completed her BA degree in Yugoslav and Comparative Literature at the University of Belgrade. In the mid 1990s she was writing literary reviews for the magazine “Reč” and working at the cultural centre “Rex”, curating and organizing various programmes, mainly literary and theatrical events.
After coming to London in 1999, her work has mainly been revolving around teaching Serbo-Croatian language and literature, translation and writing poetry.


Rosa Pock was born in 1949 in Wagna, where she studied philosophy in Salzburg, where she was married to H.C. Artmann till he passed away and now she lives in Vienna. She won the Literature price in the Forum Stadtpark in 1996, italo Svevo prize in 2005 and Literature Prize of the Province of Steiermark in 2007. Rosa Pock has found a way not only to relativize grammar, but our understanding of the hierarchy of the Universe. Everything is simultaneously sad and funny, simple and complicated, conventional and surprising. The author twists and turns the words, chopped the Syntax and demonstrates sense of humor.

Dije LohajDije Neziri Lohaj was born in Skopje, in Macedonia, and later resettled in Ferizaj. At high school, she took part in the illegal group ‘Shote Galica’ that sought to challenge discrimination against Albanians by the Yugoslav regime of that time and also to unite with Albania. In 1983 she was sentenced to 3 years in prison. After her release, she was denied the right to study, being considered ‘politically unsuitable’. She began and completed her studies in literature in the 1990s. In 1997, she was sentenced again, but this time in her absence, and so she was forced to emigrate to Tirana from 1997 to 1999. She has published the following books of poems: ‘Dreams of the Homeland’ (2009), ‘I brought the Tsunamis’ (2013), ‘The Calamity of Peace’ (2015).In addition to poetry, she also writes short stories. Dije Neziri Lohajis a professor in the high school ‘Gjon Serreqi’ in Ferizaj.

10500309_10207292474212898_6920193804550561544_nSabina Viktor Veizaj was born in Berat on 3 March 1982 and grew up in Fier, where she studied at Janaq Kilica High School. She studied Journalism at the University in Tirana – Faculty of History and Philology during 2001-2005. She then earned her Master Degree in Political Sciences. She has been working in the field of media for several years.  At present, she is working as a reporter/journalist of economy at Top Show in Top Channel. With her first book Myshku i Muzgut (The Moss of the Dusk) she was part of the Albanian Young Writers, an anthology published in Zagreb in Croatian Language. It was in the framework of a festival called “Small Literatures”. Veizaj was also awarded the First Prize at the International Festival of Literature which was held in Podujeva in 2012.

Shemsije ElshaniShemsije Elshani was born in Theranda, in Kosovo. In 1979 Elshani joined one of the illegal political movement cells in Theranda. Due to her political activity, in 1981, after the demonstrations of March, she was sentenced to one and a half years’ in prison. After prison, she continued her studies in stomatology, but because of the political circumstances of the time, she had to migrate to Switzerland in 1996. Elshani graduated after 1999. She has written poems, prose and essays, some of which are published in daily newspapers and websites. Most of her articles are unpublished recollections. Shemsije Elshani lives in Bern and she is a social worker, helping young people, women who are victims of violence, and domestic violence, and working with the integration of migrants. She is also a translator of German-Albanian-Serbian.

Eli1Eli Krasniqi is a PhD candidate in History and Social Anthropology at Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria. Her academic research interests as well as publications focus on topics of memory studies, family studies, feminism and social history. She is a member of the feminist institute ‘Alter Habitus – Institute for Studies in Society and Culture’ which she co-founded in 2009. In 2011, she received the second prize of the Kosovo National Theater Award ‘Katerina Josipi’ for the play ‘Citycide’. She lives in Graz, and apart from academic engagements, she writes poems and short stories. Recently her poems were published in Tirana cultural magazine ‘Poeteka’, no 35, 2015. Photo by: Ervina Halili

Myrvete Dreshaj BaliuMyrvete Dreshaj Baliu was born in Vrellë inIstog, in Kosovo. She completed a masters and a doctorate at the Department of Albanian Literature and Language, in the Philological Faculty at the University of Prishtina. In 1984, as a secondary school pupil in Peja High School, she was sentenced to five years in prison for nationalist activity and for participating in founding the illegal group, “Ideal”. In 1989, she was imprisoned and sentenced to two months in prison for her part in the demonstration at the Student Centre in Prishtina. In 1990, she was one of the founders of the Movement for the Reconciliation of Blood Feuds (1990-1992). She has published essays, academic literary studies and monographs, including: ‘Context of Writing’(2004), ‘Importance of Communication’(2009), ‘The life and Works of Jusuf Gërvalla’(2010), ‘Encyclopaedia of Albanological Research(2014). Myrvete Dreshaj Baliu is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Prishtina.

sabine 2Sabine Kock has been General Manager of the Austrian Association of Independent Theater from 2003-2015 and at the same time member of the board of the Cultural Council Austria. She had been head of the Cultural Council Austria from 2005-2012. During that period she was one of seven board members of the study ‘Zursozialen Lage von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern in Österreich’ on the behalf of the Ministry of Culture Austria and worked in eight inter-ministry working groups around the status of the artists:  funding, taxes, social affairs, labor law, women in art, amendment of the actors law, copyright. For more information please see the links below:

portret07_foto_geljant_kaleciFlutura Açka was born in 1966 in Elbasan, Albania. She studied economy and statistics at the University of Tirana. After her studies she worked as a journalist at one of the first free daily’s in Albania, after the fall of dictatorship. From 1992 until 2000 she worked as an editor in book publishing. In 2000 she established with her Dutch partner and publisher Richard van den Brink in Tirana an up market literary publishing house: Skanderbeg books. (See: Flutura Açka is in Albania also known as a writer of poetry and fiction. She published several collections of poetry, and many of her poems are also published in French, Italian, Greek, Rumanian, German and Macedonian translation. For her poetry she received the important Prize of the Struga Festival. She published so far three novels. The first one has been translated into Bulgarian; a Bulgarian critic called her the ‘Albanian Marguerite Duras’. Greek and Dutch translations of her second and third novel are in preparation. In Albania she is looked upon as, if not the most important female writer, at least belonging to the top five of best Albanian writers ever (Top 100 Tirana Observer, August 2007). Flutura Açka lives both in Tirana (Albania) and Utrecht (the Netherlands) and has one son.

136f706e-7606-44a2-a122-ca80b589a218Ah Ahilej is a band formed in 1999. The band members are: Djordje Branković , Aleksandra Kovačević and Dragan Novković.  Last album ”Kapetane, brate!” is based on poetry authors: Bertolt Brecht, Raymond Carver, Bora Ćosić, Alek Vukadinović, Miloš Živanović, Toma Marković, Milorad Mladenović, Predrag Trokicić. The album contains 14 songs, this time with two voices, piano and acoustic guitar. Album ”Kapetane, brate!” was debuted at the literary festival ”Writers in focus”, organized by the Foundation Danilo Kiš in Subotica on 18th of December 2015. ‘With a subtle touch of humor and a mild cynicism, these anti- heroes are successfully battling the spin-off phenomena of contemporary society. From generational myths to turbo – capitalism dreams, reviewing some of the eternal human themes. Here, love and death walk hand in hand”.

Luljeta LLESHANAKU, foto PrishtinaLuljeta Lleshanaku was born in Elbasan, Albania.  She is the author of eight poetry books in Albanian and seven other volumes published in foreign languages, such as: Haywire; New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, London, 2011), Fresco (New Directions, USA, 2002), Child of nature (New Directions, USA, 2010), Kinder der Natur (Edition Korrespondenzen, Austria, 2010), Dzieci natury ( Stowo / Terytoria Obraz, Poland, 2011), Antipastorale (LietoColle, Italy 2006), Lundo en sep Tago (Esperanto, Poland, 2013), Ponedjeljak u sedam dana (Versopolis edicija, Zagreb, 2015). She is the winner of the international award “Crystal Vilenice 2009”, “Silver Pen 2000” national award, “Author of the Year 2013” award from the Book Fair of Tirana, “Kult 2013” award, the winner of the Book Fair of Prishtina, 2013, etc. Since 2014, she runs the “SABBAT” annual series of workshops in creative writing in Tirana, supported by the Ministry of Culture of Albania.

Fitzgerald & RiminiFITZGERALD RIMINI have been straddling the lines between literature, music and performance for years. The duo was founded in 2005 by author and spoken-word poet Ariane von Graffenried (Bern ist überall) and musician Robert Aeberhard (Trummer, dadaad. an open tuning) and since then they have  performed on numerous stages, literature festivals and music clubs. In 2011 saw the release of their album Aristokratie und Wahnsinn (Aristocracy and Madness), followed by Grand Tour in 2015. Fitzgerald & Rimini are the recipients of the  recognition award for literature of the Canton of Berne in 2015.

Foto1 Adrian MoserMartin Bieri, born in 1977, lives and works in Berne and other locations. Graduated from the University of Berne with a PhD thesis on contemporary theatre and landscape theory. Freelance author, dramaturg, theatre scholar and journalist. Various plays, scientific publications and prizes. Several years as a senior member of the independent theatre company Schauplatz International (Berne / Berlin). Writes on the arts and sports for various newspapers in Germany and Switzerland. Poetry published in anthologies, e.g. in Moderne Poesie in der Schweiz (Contemporary Swiss Poetry). Photo by: Adrian Moser.

foto1Mehmet Yashin (Yaşın) (1958, Nicosia) is one of the unique poets of contemporary Turkish poetry. He is also one of the internationally best-known contemporary poets and authors from Cyprus. The different voice and sensibility that he brings to Turkish poetry is based on his hybrid literary sources, combining the Turkish, Greek and Levantine cultures of the Mediterranean, creating a dramatic and narrative lyricism, using Turkish in his writing by reference to historically and geographically variant forms of the language, as well as his poetic themes which give importance to personal experiences.

tabaskesVladimir Tabašević was born in 1986 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied philosophy in Belgrade. He has published  four books of poetry – Koagulum (2010), Tragus (2011), ) Kundak (2012) and Hrvatski kundak (2014) and one short novel – Tiho teče Misisipi (2015). He is an editor of online magazin Prezupc. His poems and prose are translated into French, Slovenian, Albanian, Macedonian and English.


Gëzim Aliu (1977) is a fiction writer, literary scholar, literary critic. He graduated in literature at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Prishtina in 2002, where he also gained his Master degree in 2006; now he is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Linguistics and Literature in Tirana. He is a researcher at the Institute of Albanology, Pristina. G. Aliu has published since now four books: The study “Diskurset e ideve në prozën e Ismail Kadaresë” (Discourses of ideas of Ismail Kadare’s prose) (2007), the novel “Në Klubin e të shëmtuarve” (At the ugly people’s club), which was awarded with the National Award as the Best Novel of year 2009 by the Ministry of Culture of Kosovo; a short story collection “Libri i fundit” (The Last Book) (2012) and in 2014 he has published the novel “Katedralja pa kryq” (The Cathedral without Cross). Gëzim Aliu is one of the co-founders of the Kosova Writers’ Club and is a member of PEN Center of Kosovo. He has participated in the program “Writer in Residence 2012” of KulturKontakt’s, in Vienna. Part of his literary creativity has been translated and published in Bosnian and Austrian literary magazines.

_TK12915Jan Böttcher, born in 1973, in Lüneburg / former West Germany, is living as a freelance author and musician in Berlin since 1993. As a singer-songwriter he founded the band Herr Nilsson that published five albums from 1998-2006. Böttcher is co-founder of the Label KOOK that organizes readings, concerts and festivals for almost twenty years now. He debuted in literature in 2003 and has since then written four well received novels about political and/or contemporary items, such as terrorism in the sixties, life at the border between West- and East-Germany, the Gamification of school education. His fifth novel „Y“ came out this year: It takes place in Germany and Kosova and deals both with the past and the future of these countries. Photo by: Timm Kolln

s_schletter(© Lena Obst)6459Stefan Schletter was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and spent his school years in Nairobi/Kenia and Mogadishu/Somalia. After graduating in political science, ethnology and African studies in Mainz he worked as a production assistant for the theater in Wiesbaden (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden) and continued working there until august 2014. He directed several plays and in 2011 he became director of the youth theater in Wiesbaden. As a dramaturg he was involved in the international coproduction Peer Gynt from Kosovo, which was written by Jeton Neziraj. Since August 2014 Stefan Schletter is director of the youth theatre in Heilbronn.

unDonika Dabishevci was born in 1980 in Prishtina. She finished her bachelor and masters in The University of Prishtina where she studied Albanian Literature. And in 2013 she finished her PhD in the University of Tirana, department of Literature. Donika is an editor in the Radio Television of Kosovo and a literature professor in one of the private universities in Prishtina. She published: “Krizantema te plasura” in 1996, “Imazhe te brishta” in 2004, “Proza e poetizuar – F. Konica, M. Frasheri, E. Koliqi, M. Camaj, M. Hanxhari” in 2015 and “Kam me ardh si deka” in 2015. Donika is a member of PEN of Kosovo and Writers Club of Kosovo. She presented her work in seminars and conferences of Albanology and Journalism.

Rumena fotoRumena Bužarovska (born 1981 in Skopje) is the author of three short story collections: Scribbles(Čkrtki, Ili-ili,2007), Wisdom Tooth (Osmica, Blesok, 2010) and My husband (Mojotmaž, Blesok, 2014; Ili-ili, 2015), as well as a study on humor in contemporary American and Macedonian short fiction (What’s Funny: Theories Of Humor Applied To The Short Story,Blesok, 2012). She is a literary translator from English into Macedonian, having translated authors such as Lewis Carroll, J.M. Coetzee, Truman Capote, Charles Bukowski and Richard Gwyn. She is assistant professor of American Literature at the State University of Skopje. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies in English, German, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian and French translations, while her short story collections Wisdom Tooth and My Husband have been published in Croatia.

BOJANBojan Babić was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1977. He holds a degree in Serbian and World Literature. He has published 3 books of short prose and 4 novels till now. He was awarded the Borislav Pekić award – the only literary scholarship in Serbia – for his omnibus novel Girls, Be Good (in which this story originally appeared).  His prose has been translated to Albanian, Swedish, English, German, Icelandic and Hungarian language and published in different magazines and anthologies.

5438586118_bc4c6da568Peter Ahorner was born in 1957 in Bregenz. After graduating as freelance copywriter Ahorner stayed in Russia and Armenia for the record company A&M. Satirical society columnist for magazines. He is a poet, lyricist, translator and Children’s book author. Ahorner works for Burgtheater, Volkstheater, Josefstadt Theater etc. he wrote lyrics for Die Strottern, Roland Neuwirth, Franz Wittenbrink u.a. cooperation and appearances with the Vienna Jazz Workshop, Katharina Schendl, Walther Soyka, Christian Qualtinger, Kollegium Kalksburg u.a. sowie Ignaz Kirchner, Jon Sass, Antonio Fian, Hannes Loschel, Bernd Satzinger, Mathias Koch, Christoph Bochdansky, Karl Ferdinand Kratzl u.a. “The poet Peter Ahorner mastered the rare arts to compose texts in Viennese dialect, which is already inherent in the music” (Christian Seiler, “Profil”)

unnamedKatrin Thomaneck (born in 1977 in Germany) studied classical music before becoming interested in translation studies. She holds an MA in literary translation from University Paris 8 (French, English, German), and works as freelance translator of literary texts and social science articles. She is also the editor of Finnegan’s List, a project of the European Society of Authors ( in which 10 eminent authors from different linguistic backgrounds recommend once a year under-translated or forgotten books. Within this project, she regularly organizes literary events in various European cities. From 2011-2013, Katrin Thomaneck worked as an editor for Transcript, an online review of international writing, published by Literature Across Frontiers.

Gjergj Anton FIlipaj

Gjergj Anton Filipaj has an experience of 17 years as an active reporter editor, communicator, PR analyst and lecturer in Kosovo and Albania. Filipaj is current affairs editor at news TV channel RTK3 (from 2014) part of the public broadcaster – Radio Television of Kosovo. Filipaj has worked as Arts Editor at daily newspaper Zëri (2011). Gjergj Anton Filipaj is one of the co-founders of Prishtina based daily newspaper Gazeta EXPRESS (2004-2006) where he worked as editor of the national news section. He also worked as a reporter at newspaper KOHA Ditore covering mainly the education beat (2001-2004). By now he has written 10 short stories: Two of them («Five Letters» and «Luxurious Life») have been published by Haemus Plus – a literary magazine published in Bucharest – Romania. In 2007 he graduated at the Radio and TV Journalism Department – Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication (2005-2007). He graduated at the University of Tirana – Faculty of Philology and History – Journalism Department (1996-2000). Filipaj was born in Tivar –Montenegro and he is living in Prishtina since March 2001.


Authors 2015


Edmond Tupja was born in Tirana in 1947, after completing his secondary education in 1965, he departs for Paris whereby he graduates in the University of Sorbonne for French Language and Literature, as well as for Comparative Languages on 1971, and 17 years later he will defend his Masters degree in translation. On returning to the fatherland he is named assistant professor in the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana, in the department of French. After five years he is sent as an ordinary teacher in the elementary school in Gramsh, a small town whereby he remains there until 1980. Afterwards he is back in the capital whereby he is named translator from Albanian to French in “8 Nentori” publishing house until the year 1991, whereas, after the fall of communist regime, he restarts working as a professor in the Faculty of Foreign Languages, whereby he lectures on theory and practice of written translation and likewise oral translation until he is retired in 2015. He has translated and published, in Albania and France, over 80 books of French authors ((Proust, Gracq, Sartre, Simon, Tournier etc.) et Albanian (Kongoli, Kadare, Shehu, Leka, Ahmetaj, Ahmeti etc.), prose and poetry, from French to Albanian and on the contrary. He is also a poet, novelist, translation specialist, lexicographer (author of the first erotics dictionary and a co-author of the first synonyms dictionary of Albanian language) as well as a publicist in the daily “Panorama”.

IMG_0335Ballsor Hoxha by profession is a Professor of English and American Literature and Language. For almost two decades he has been working in various international projects within Kosovo and Macedonia. Currently he is working as a journalist for world news at the Public Television of Kosovo. In addition he is one of the most engaged columnists on actualities, culture and arts, in major Albania’s, Macedonia’s (newspapers in Albanian) and Kosovo’s media. He is the author of a book of three collections of poems and of a collection of short stories. He has also been published individually in a leading Austrian Literary Review “keine Delicatessen!” Whereas, collectively he has been published in German, Slovenian, Serbian and Macedonian. However, in his opinion, being a citizen of Kosovo, publications are neither a proof of success nor of value. Kosovo is yet at its consolidation phase and does not have an/any established system/s of circulating neither literary nor arts matter. Thus he has at least five other completed books, entirely dependent on a dues ex machine to give literature a role, any, in this society. In His opinion publishing a book in Kosovo is rather a documentation of a person’s work, much more than a relation with readers.

Elke Schmitter_ Foto von Gabriele WitterElke Schmitter was born in Krefeld, Germany. She studied philosophy in Munich and worked as an editor for the S.Fischer publishing house in Frankfurt. From 1989-94 she was arts editor and chief editor of the left-wing daily newspaper  “taz”, from 1995-2001 she was writer for the “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” and “Die Zeit”. Since 2001 she has been working for the newsmagazine “Spiegel”. She published numerous books (also children’s books),  essays and poetry.  Her novel “Frau Sartoris” (2001) was published in 21 languages.

miroslavaMiroslava Malešević (1956, Belgrade, SFRY), anthropologist, has been a long-time associate of the Institute of Ethnography in Belgrade. As a member of this Institute she has carried out numerous scientific projects and participated in both domestic and international conferences. She is especially interested in women’s issues and topics within the field of political anthropology.  She is the author of the books: The Ritualization of Women’s Social Development (Ritualizacija socijalnog razvoja žene, 1986), Didara – The Life Story of a Woman from Prizren (Didara –životna priča jedne Prizrenke, 2004), Female (Žensko, 2007), Are There Nations on Planet Reebok – essays on identity politics (Ima li nacija na planeti Ribok – ogledi o politikama identiteta, 2011).
She is an associate and activist of the women’s feminist group Women in Black, Belgrade.

Fatos-Kongoli_7542Fatos Kongoli, born in Elbasan, Albania, in 1944, has studied for Mathematics, partially in Beijing and partially in Tirana, whereby he has graduated in the year of 1967. He has worked for a long period of time as a literary journalist and an editor in the Publishing House “Naim Frasheri” He is an author of a series of books. Best known are his novels, acclaimed by the Albanian and the foreign reader. Kongoli’s books have been published in France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Great Britain, Spain, as well as in Esperanto language. He is a three times winner of the annual prize for the best novel provided by the Ministry of Culture (1995, 2000, 2002) as well as of the prize Velia (2000). He is the winner of the Academy’s prize Kult (2008) and of the prize “Rexhai Surroi”(Pristina, 2011). He is the winner of the international prize “Balkanika”-2002, given in Sofia Bulgaria. He is also the laureate of the highest literary prize in Albania “Penda e arte”(2004) The Association of Albanian Publishers has awarded him with the prize “The Writer of the Year” for 2006, whereas his novel “Dog’s skin”, translated in German, was proclaimed the book of the month June – 2006 in Germany. In the year 2010 he has been honored by the President of France with the highest given title in France “Knight of the Legion of Honor”. In the year 2012 he has been honored with the title “Mjeshter i Madh” (Great Master) by the President of Albania.

image-813c7410f9fd32fe92c3a2e35e0d0f7ae036494b0cec959ad2277a68827594a0-VVasko Raičević was born 1979. in Podgorica. Finished Faculty of Dramatic Art in Cetinje, Montenegro. Member of the Alternative Theatrical Active Company (ATAK). Play ’’Good Death’’ was performed in Montenegrin National Theatre. With the play ’’Kalina Process’’ won the contest for the best contemporary Montenegrin text 2012. He is the co-author of the play ’’Chapters 23 and 24’’, performed on the festival FIAT in Podgorica. He was also the member of jury in this festival in 2013. Play ’’House For Demolition’’ was performed within the framework of the project ’’19. December – The Day After’’ (produced by ATAK). His plays are translated into English, Russian, Slovenian and Polish languages. He publishes theoretical works and essays in the magazins Lingua Montenegrina and Ars. Short stories are published in the magazins Ars (Podgorica), Quorum (Zagreb), LudLiteratura (Ljubljana). He wrote theatrical reviews for newspaper Dnevne novine. Worked as the assistent for the course Dramaturgy on the Faculty Of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje. Now works as the assistent for the course Antiq Literature on the Faculty Of Montenegrin Language And Literature.

Veton SurroiVeton Surroi is a writer.  In 1990 he founded the independent weekly KOHA and later the daily KOHA Ditore (1997), still the leading Kosovo daily newspaper. In 2000 he founded KTV, the leading independent national TV broadcaster. He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1982. He has been a Senior Member of the Kosovo Negotiations Unity Team in the Vienna Negotiations (2005-2007) preceeding the independence of Kosovo. He was a Member of Parliament of Kosovo as president of the ORA Reformist party (2005-2008). He was a signatory of the Rambouillet accords for Kosovo at the negotiations in  1999. In 1990 he founded the independent weekly KOHA and later the daily KOHA Ditore (1997), still the leading Kosovo daily newspaper. In 2000 he founded KTV, the leading independent national TV broadcaster. In 1999 he was chosen as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum in Davos. During the 1990’s he was a leading figure in civil society and politics in Kosovo. He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1982.

vesa (1)Vesa Qena was born in Mitrovica, Kosovo. She studied Dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Prishtina.  Since 2010 she’s been working for SKENA UP FESTIVAL as programme coordinator. In June 2012 she wrote a play “Ata do të vijnë” which was performed in Multimedia Center and around Kosovo. In September 2012 her play “To hell with Tito” was performed in Banjaluka, collaboration between Nevid Teater (Banjaluka), Qendra Multimedia (Prishtina) and The Center for Drama Arts (Skopje). From 2011 she cofounded HAVEIT with three other girls, a collective group of four girls that perform/protest against injustice, moralistic rules, discrimination. Vesa is a writer focused mostly on playwriting, short stories and poems.

_MMM9277Tanja Šljivar was born in Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1988. She holds both BA and MA degree in dramaturgy at Faculty of drama arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She  writes plays and also short stories, radio plays, screenplays for short films and theater-theory texts. She won several awards for her playwriting and her plays have been translated in English, German, Macedonian, Polish and French. She is currently attending MA course in applied theater science in Giessen, Germany. In July this year she will have a world premiere of her latest play Aber die Stadt hat uns geschutzt(But the city has protected us) in the theater Nau Iwanow in Barcelona, Spain.

Kreidl Foto ©Lucas Cejpek_300dpiMargret Kreidl was born in 1964 in Salzburg.  She is a freelance writer since 1989 and author of plays, radio plays, prose and poetry. She has lived in Vienna since 1996. Her work is partly translated into English. She had residency scholarships in Germany, Switzerland, Serbia and USA. Last year she was chosen for the writers scholarship of the town of Vienna.

Renate-von-Mangoldt KopieElfriede Czurda was born in Wels (Austria) in 1946. She studied Art History and Archaeology in Salzburg and Paris. In 1980 she moved to Berlin and published her first book two years later. Numerous publications were following; also audiobooks, stage plays and photographical work (visual poetry). She had various lectureships in Japan, Germany, Austria and USA. In 2007 she returned to Austria and is living in Vienna currently. Last year she won the H.C. Artmann-Award of the city of Vienna.

jurij2Jurij Hudolin
a writer, editor, columnist, screenwriter and translator. Jurij Hudolin, was born in 1973 in Ljubljana, where he lives currently. He has graduated in Ljubljana, whereby he has studied literature and Serbo-Croatian language. For seven years he has lived in Pavićin, a little village beside Pulja. His first collection of poems was published in his eighteenth year. His poems were translated in English language, Chezk, Hungarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, in about thirty other languages in various reviews. For poetry he has been awarded the prize Slavka Gruma, was nominated for Veronika i Jenkova prizes and was awarded for the best first published book of the year in the Slovenian book fair. He is an editor to around dozens of poetry anthologies form the cannon of world literature. He is a member of the Association of Slovenian writers, Association of Slovenian translators and Slovenian PEN Centre.

alida1Alida Bremer, (born 1959 in Split, Croatia) finished her Comparative Literature studies at the University of Saarbrücken. Some of her publications, among others, are: Jugoslawische (Sch)Erben: Probleme und Perspektiven (Osnabrück 1993); Kriminalistische Dekonstruktion: Zur Poetik der postmodernen Kriminalromane (Würzburg 1999); Literarischer Reiseführer: Istrien (Klagenfurt/Celovec 2008); etc. Together with the KulturKontakt Austria she is the publisher of the „Kroatische Literatur der Gegenwart“ in ten volumes. She has translated literary works of authors such as Edo Popović, Ivana Sajko, Renato Baretić, Zvonko Maković, Delimir Rešicki, Marko Pogačar. Together with the Hungarian author György Dalos she is was the curator of „Kroatien als Schwerpunktland zur Leipziger Buchmesse“ program in 2008. She received „Grenzgänger“ fellowship of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for the work on the novel Olivas Garten (published in August 2013 at Eichborn Verlag, Köln) and was 2008-2014  a freelancer for the S. Fischer Foundation and the network Traduki. Alida is a member of the Croatian PEN center.

Stanislava Repar_foto2 Žiga MihelčičStanislava Chrobáková Repar, PhD., (* 1960, Bratislava) is Slovak and Slovene literary scientist, publisher, translator and writer. She writes in both Slovak and Slovene languages. She has a degree in philosophy and aesthetics (Comenius University, Bratislava, 1984) and a doctorate in literary science (Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, 1995). From 2001 she lives in Slovenia, leaving Bratislava and Slovakia. In 2009 she was habilitated at the University of Nova Gorica. Repar is the author of three printed scientific monographs, the last one is: Úzkosť dokorán (Anxiety widely opened, 2012), as well as on-line published analyses made within research project “Gender Quality + Equality Policies” (QUING) supported by the EU commission, etc. Her research in Slovenia has been mostly focused on intercultural topics, feminist literary theory and comparative literary issues.

_HH13996Ralph Hammerthaler, born in 1965 in Wasserburg (Bavaria), lives as a writer in Berlin. Some of the novels he wrote: „Alles bestens“ (2002), „Aber das ist ein anderes Kapitel“ (2007), „Der Sturz des Friedrich Voss“ (2010). His theatre plays and operas were shown in Düsseldorf, Osnabrück, Munich, Berlin, Omsk (Sibiria) and Mexico City, and finally in 2013 „ein Gott eine Frau ein Dollar“ („one God one Woman one Dollar“) in Munich. In 2006/07 he worked as a literary adviser at the Schaubühne Berlin. He was writer in residence in Prishtina (2013) and Split (2014). In 2014 „Këtu nuk është Amerikë“ („This is not America“) was published by Qendra Multimedia in Kosovo – his plays translated into Albanian by Arben Atashi. He is Socio Honorario (member of honour) of the Teatro Sombrero Azul in Mexico City. (Photo by: Holger Herschel).

arian-lekaArian Leka (Durrës, 1966) is the author of 16 books, including poetry, short stories, novels, essays. Among his works are Anija e Gjumit (The Ship of Sleep, Best Poetry Book 2000Albanian Writers Union), Strabizëm(Strabismus, Best Poetry Book 2004 Ministry of CultureLibër deti (Sea Book, 2009), Ndreqje gabimesh (Correcting Mistakes, Best Poetry Book 2010, Ministry of Culture); the novels Veset e të Vdekurve (The Vice of Death, 1997) and Gjarpri i Shtëpsë (The Snake of the House, 2002); as well as the short story collections Ky vend i qetë ku s’ndodh asgjë (This Quiet Country When Nothing Happened, 1994) and Shpina e Burrit (The Back of Man, Winner of Europe – our common Fatherland, 2005); and essays Sakro&Profano (1997). Books and part of creative work of Arian Leka; poems, essay, short stories and a novel are translated into German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Croatian language. His short story “Brothers of the Blade was selected and published in “Best European Fiction 2011”, edited by Aleksandar Hemon. (Dalkey Archive Press). Many of his essays and poems are also published at literary magazine and reviews as well as Lettre International(Germany), Lichtungen (Austria), Buchkultur (Austria), Asia Literary Review (internationally distributed), Poetry Review (GB), Evropski Glasnik (Croatia), Orient Express (GB), Nova Istria (Croatia) etc. Arian Leka is also a translator of Italian modernism, including E. Montale, S. Quasimodo, C.Pavese, F.T. Marinetti, P.P.Pasolini, D. Campana and editor of Literary review POETEKA.

FH per PolipFjolla Hoxha is a playwright, critic of theater and drama, poet and musician. Studied Dramaturgy at University of Prishtina and Critics of Theater & Drama at İstanbul Üniversitesi (University of Istanbul/Faculty of Philology). Won the price for the best original play “Pritja” at SKENA UP Festival in 2004. Participated in class of British playwright Mark Ravenhill in New Plays from Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2010. Currently works with theater on stilts Merula, in cooperation with Die Stelzer theater in Munich. Writes frequently for KOSOVO 2.0 . Member of IETM international network for contemporary performing arts.

11045311_10206312040501149_7183652431863532669_nErvina Halili a poet, essayist, literary researcher from Pristina born in 1986. She is a cultural activist with her researches and participations in several social-cultural public debates in a lot of international social-cultural events. Her first poem was published and translated when she was 11 year old “Crowd97”. Her individual publications includes three books of poetry. She appeared in a lot of local and international anthologies and she was guest of a lot of literature houses and theatres including Vienna(Milo Dor ),Sarajevo(Pen-center),), Belgrade (Krokodil), Leipzig(Bookfest), Graz ( Internationales Haus der Autoren). Actually she is a founder of Fragum-Center for Cultural Interaction in Pristina.

foto edi maticMarko Pogačar was born in 1984. in Split, Yugoslavia. He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi-weekly for cultural and social issues. His publications include four poetry collections, three books of essays and a short story collection. He was a fellow of, among others, Civitella Ranieri, Passa Porta, Milo Dor, Brandenburger Tor, Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz, Récollets-Paris, and Krokodil Beograd fellowships. He was awarded for poetry, prose, and essays, his texts appeared in about thirty languages.

PrimozPrimož Repar has studied philosophy and history at the University in Ljubljana, where he acquired his postgraduate academic (Ph.D) degree in 2009. The subject of his doctoral thesis was philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. He is the author of 14 books and a dedicated translator of Kierkegaard’s works into Slovenian language. Primož Repar is co-founder of the Publishing house KUD Apokalipsa and has been the chief editor since its inception. At the same time, he coordinates the International Philosophic Symposium of Miklavž Ocepek and the international project »Review within Review«. As editor and publisher he was awarded at the International Publishers Meeting in Croatia (Put u središte Europe 2007) as te best editor/publisher of the year, as editor and poet also in Romania (Arad 2011), as editor and international colaborator in Bosnia and Hercegovina (Banja Luka 2013). He has received a special award of dean of Faculty of Arts Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. In march of 2014 he received a medallion of St. Olaf College (Minnesota, USA) for excellent organisation of 4th International Philosophical Symposium od Miklavž Ocepek in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Søren Kierkegaard that took place in 2013 in Slovenia.

10444743_796916480332952_8540261247595020499_nBiljana Srbljanović, a playwright and associate professor at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade. Author of the series Open Doors which is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its existence. She has written dozen of plays, for which she has been prized in her country and abroad. Among others she is the winner of six Sterino   prizes for the best play. In addition she is the winner of Ernst Toler, Slobodan Selenic, Joakim Vujic, Premio Europa, Osvajanje Slobode  etc prizes. She is a beholder of decoration French Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature. She is an activist for the human rights and of the animal rights. She is a PHD candidate in the state University for Arts in the field of Film Studies, a guest professor in universities in Viena, Milano and New York. She publishes on internet.

 Authors 2014

Andreas Flourakis (GR), Visar Zhiti (AL), Zuzana Finger (DE), Eli Krasniqi (RKS), Filip David (SRB), Hans-Joachim Lanksch (DE),  Kim Komljanec (SI), Ardiana Shala Prishtina  (RKS), Miraš Martinović (MNE), Adil Olluri  (RKS), Arber Selmani (RKS), Saša Ilić (SRB), Tomislav Marković (SRB), Boris Postnikov (HR), Zlatko Paković (SRB), Hristo Boytchev (BG), Borka Pavićević (SRB), Shkëlzen Maliqi (RKS), Neda Nezhdana (UA), Anja Quickert (DE), Lisiana Demiraj (AL), Ulrike Syha (DE), Vladimir Arsenijević (SRB), Blerina Rogova Gaxha (RKS),  Arian Leka (AL), Hana Dalipi (RKS/SRB), Smajl Smaka (RKS) 

Visar Zhiti        

foto by Roland TashoVisar Zhiti was born in 1952 in Durrës, Albania. After his studies at a teacher training college in Shkodra, he embarked upon a teaching career in the northern mountain town of Kukës. After years of uncertainty under the Damocles Sword of the Party, Visar Zhiti was arrested on 8 November 1979 in Kukës where he was still teaching.    Visar Zhiti was released on 28 January 1987 and was then ‘permitted’ by the Party to work in a brick factory in his native Lushnja, where he kept a low profile until the end of the dictatorship. Visar Zhiti’s first volume of verse “Kujtesa e ajrit” (The memory of the air) was published in Tirana in 1993. Among others he published: “Hedh një kafkë te këmbët tuaja” (I cast a skull at your feet), “Mbjellja e vetëtimave” (Sowing lightning), published in Skopje in 1994; “Dyert e gjalla” (The living doors), published in Tirana in 1995; “Kohë e vrarë në sy” (Time murdered in the eye), published in Prishtina in 1997; and, most recently, “Si shkohet në Kosovë” (Where is the road to Kosova), printed in Tirana in 2000 etc. In addition to his poetry, Visar Zhiti is the author of numerous short stories which have been compiled in the volumes “Këmba e Davidit” (David’s leg), published in Tirana in 1996,  “Valixhja e shqyer e përrallave” (The battered suitcase of folktales), published in Tirana in 1997 and “Shekull tjetër”(Next century) – Tirana 2008. Also books of essays: “Në emër të a(r)tit” (In the name of art – Skopje 2006 and “Panteoni i nëndheshëm” (Underground pantheon) – Tirana 2010. He is a member of the International Academy of Art “Alfonso Grassi” in Italy and the European Academy of Arts. And was also minister of culture in his country.  Visar Zhiti is one of the best known writers in his country, strong voice of Albania. Photo by: Roland Tasho

Zuzana Finger

New ImageZuzana Finger was born in 1959 in Šaľa, Czechoslovakia. She studied German, English and Slavic studies and Balkanology in Jena, Bratislava and Berlin. She works as a representative of Folk Culture for Sudeten Germans and translates from Albanian, Czech, Slovakian and Serbian language.

Hristo Boytchev 

HristoHristo Boytchev was born in 1950 Northern Bulgaria. He is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s leading playwrights.  Hristo Boytchev is the author of about 10 plays which were staged more than two hundred times in 40 countries throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His latest plays are “The Colonel and The Birds” – a female version of “The Colonel Bird”, “The Titanic Orchestra” “District Hospital” and a the monodrama “Pfenomena” . He obtained a Copyright from Kazantzakis Publications to write a play „Zorba The Greek” based on the famous Niko Kazanzakis novel and “The Great Gatsby” as well.

Eli Krasniqi

DOKU_by Majlinda HoxhaEli Krasniqi is a PhD candidate in History and Social Anthropology at Karl Franzens University of Graz. She completed her MA studies in Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York. Her academic research interests as well as publications in journals and newspapers focus on topics of memory studies, family studies, feminism and social history. For more then ten years she worked in NGO sector, where she conceptualized, developed and led projects mainly on gender issues. In 2009 she co-founded Alter Habitus Institute for Studies in Society and Culture, where she is a member now, and led the Institute until 2010, when she left to Graz to pursue her PhD studies. In 2011, she received the second prize of the Kosovo National Theater Award ‘Katerina Josipi’ for the drama ‘Citycide’. She ‘blames’ the ocean distance between her hometown Prishtina and New York, for bringing back to her the untold and forgotten stories that she suppressed for a long time. Now she lives mainly in Graz, in a struggle of reconciling her creative writing in one side and academic research life in the other, that pretty often sabotage one another. Photo by: Majlinda Hoxha

Boris Postnikov

postnikov photoBoris Postnikov (1979, Split) lives in Zagreb, Croatia. He publishes essays, literary reviews and political columns in various regional media. From 2009 until 2013 he was editor-in-chief of the cultural biweekly “Zarez” and as of 2013 he is the editor of radio program “Glossary of the post-Jugoslav literature“. He is also the author of two books: “Post-Jugoslav Literature” (2012) and “And Now for a Few Messages from Our Sponsors“ (2013).

Shkëlzen Maliqi 

shkelzen.maliqi_1Shkëlzen Maliqi was born in Prizren, in 1947. He is actually political adviser of the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Maliqi is a philosopher, political analyst and art critic. He is the publisher of seven authorial books and the editor of several philosophical, cultural and art periodicals (FjalaThemaMM journalArta etc.). Maliqi was one of the founders of the first opposition political organization in the former Yugoslavia (UJDI, 1989); founder and first president of the Social-Democratic Party of Kosova (1990-1993); founder and member of Kosovo Helsinki Committee, 1990-1997; among founders of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (1993-2000); founder and head of the Board of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (1999-2001) and so on. Maliqi is also a promoter and supporter of Kosovo’s alternative art scene, curator of several contemporary art exhibitions. He writes regular political analyses and commentaries for newspapers and journals in Kosovo and Albania.

Anja Quickert 

A2Anja Quickert  is a German dramaturg, journalist and lecturer. She studied Theatre, New German Literature and Philosophy in Mainz, Bologna (Italy), Warsaw (Poland) and Berlin. Since 1996 she lives in Berlin, and has worked there as a play writer for the independent scene of theatre as well as at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Besides theatre, she worked as a lecturer for different research projects and institutions. Since 2007 she writes regularly for the monthly special interest magazine “Theater heute” and other magazines. As of 2011 she serves as the executive secretary to the literary society “Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft”. In March 2014 she took the post of a research assistant at the University Trier and is currently writing her doctoral thesis about the transformation process of the east-west German theatre at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (1987-2000).

 Filip David

IMG_2340Filip David (1940, Kragujevac) is  a writer and a longtime editor of the theater program at TV of Belgrade. He was dismissed from his workplace in 1991 for establishing the Independent Union of Workers of Radio Television of Belgrade. He co-founded the Independent Writers Association in 1989 in Sarajevo where some of the most important writers of former Yugoslavia lived, and founded the Belgrade Circle (1990), an association of independent intellectuals and writers. He wrote many TV plays and movie screenplays. Published three books of short stories  Bunar u tamnoj šumi (A Well in the Dark Forest), Zapisi o stvarnom i nestvarnom (Records on the Real and the Unreal) and Princ vatre (Prince of Fire); the following novels Hodočasnici neba i zemlje (The Pilgrims of Heaven and Earth) and San o ljubavi i smrti (Dream on Love and Death); collection of essays Fragmenti iz mračnih vremena (Fragments from Dark Times) ,Jesmo li čudovišta (Are we Monsters) and Svetovi u haosu (Worlds in Chaos). Along with Mirko Kovač he published Knjigu pisama 1992-1995 (Book of Letters 1992-1995).  His short stories and novels, among his other writings, have won many awards: award for the best young writer, award of the writer’s association  Milan Rakic , BIGZ and the renowned literary award for best book of the year, the Andrićev Award. Since the beginning of the wars in former Yugoslavia, he wrote many engaged and critical essays published in “Naša borba” and “Feral Tribune” and many other newspapers and magazines in the country and abroad, and transmitted in French Radio (RFI). He is a member of Group 99, founded in Frankfurt’s book fair in 1999. His books have been translated in many languages (Hungarian, French, Albanian, Swedish, Italian, English, Polish, Macedonian and Esperanto) and his short stories can be found in some twenty anthologies in different world languages.

Arian Leka 

Arian LekaArian Leka (Durrës, 1966) is the author of 16 books, including poetry, short stories, novels, essays. Among his works are Anija e Gjumit (The Ship of Sleep, Best Poetry Book 2000, Albanian Writers Union), Strabizëm (Strabismus, Best Poetry Book 2004 Ministry of Culture) Libër deti (Sea Book, 2009), Ndreqje gabimesh (Correcting Mistakes, Best Poetry Book 2010, Ministry of Culture); the novels Veset e të Vdekurve (The Vice of Death, 1997) and Gjarpri i Shtëpsë (The Snake of the House, 2002); as well as the short story collections Ky vend i qetë ku s’ndodh asgjë (This Quiet Country When Nothing Happened, 1994) and Shpina e Burrit (The Back of Man, Winner of Europe – our common Fatherland, 2005); and essays Sakro&Profano (1997). Books and part of creative work of Arian Leka; poems, essay, short stories and a novel are translated into German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Croatian language. His short story “Brothers of the Blade was selected and published in “Best European Fiction 2011”, edited by Aleksandar Hemon. (Dalkey Archive Press). Many of his essays and poems are also published at literary magazine and reviews as well as Lettre International (Germany), Lichtungen (Austria), Buchkultur (Austria), Asia Literary Review (internationally distributed), Poetry Review (GB), Evropski Glasnik (Croatia), Orient Express (GB), Nova Istria (Croatia) etc. Arian Leka is also a translator of Italian modernism, including E. Montale, S. Quasimodo, C.Pavese, F.T. Marinetti, P.P.Pasolini, D. Campana and editor of Literary review POETEKA.

Zlatko Paković 

pakovic.fotoZlatko Paković (1968) is a director, writer and journalist. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, majoring in theatre and radio directing. During the 1990s, he directed in theatres in Bulgaria and Cyprus and in the past several years at the Center for Cultural Decontamination. His best known play is “To Kill Zoran Đinđić”. He published two novels: “A Single Bedroom” and “Joint Ashes” (German edition, “Die Gemeinsame Asche”, Berlin, 2013). He is a member of editorial staff of the newspaper Danas, for which he writes a column on theatre. He is recipient of the Desimir Tošić award for best column in 2010.

Hans-Joachim Lanksch 

1 FotografiaHans-Joachim Lanksch was born in 1943 in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied Slavic and Balkan philology, Ethnography and Albanology. He lives in Munich, where he works as a translator of Albanian, Slovenian and Serbo- Croatian language. From Albanian he translated books of these authors: Martin Camaj, Kasëm Trebeshina, Ridvan Dibra, Lindita Arapi, Azem Shkreli, Ali Podrimja, Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Mother Theresa). His translation of poetries by Lasgush Poradeci, Mihal Hanxhari, Mimoza Ahmeti, Primo Shllaku, Jamarbër Marko, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Agron Tufa, Ledia Dushi, Kate Xukaro, Din Mehmeti,  Fahredin Gunga, Rrahman Dedaj, Mirko Gashi, Eqrem Basha, Edi Shukriu, Flora Brovina etc. and prose by Elvira Dones, Ridvan Dibra and Anton Pashku were published in different magazines and anthologies. In 1999 he won the “Nikolaus Lenau” prize, while in 2002 he won the national prize of the Republic of Albania “Penda e argjendtë”.

Saša Ilić

Sasa Ilic pisac Foto Goranka MaticSaša Ilić was born in 1972 in Jagodina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. Writer and journalis. He has the stories Predosećanje građanskog rata (The prevision of the civil war, 2000) and the novels Berlinsko okno (Berlin Window, 2005/2006) and Pad Kolumbije (Fall of Columbia, 2010) Saša Ilić has also edited Pseći vek (The century of the dog, 2000), a collection of stories from narrators born after 1970. He was one of the founders and editors (till October 2013) of the literary supplement Beton. In December 2013. with Alida Bremer he founded Beton International – newspaper for literature and society. His novel Pad Kolumbije has been translated into Albanian (Rënia e Kolumbisë, 2013).

Kim Komljanec

Kim_Komljanec_Portret_BarvniKim Komljanec (1978) is a playwright and theatre director from Slovenia. She writes, adapts and directs plays and puppet plays for both young and adult audiences. As of 2006 she runs an independent theatre company called Zavod Zofka.  She has a degree in French and Slovenian and holds an MA in playwriting and script development from Exeter University, UK.  Crossing the Atlantic:  Kim’s short play Incarceration inspired by Ibsen’s A Dolls’ House was produced at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter (UK) and her play Wash My Sin Away was produced by Theatre Terra Firma in Minnesota, USA in 2011.  Passing it on:   Kim devotes a lot of her time to teaching and running workshops for playwrights, actors, teachers and directors. Between 2009 and 2011 she ran a children’s drama club (Theatretrain) in the UK and also worked with community theatre directors and teachers of school drama clubs across Slovenia touring the country as a workshop facilitator and advisor. Now: Kim currently lives in Cambridge (UK) but remains active both in her home-country (Slovenia) and Britain, working with theatres of all shapes and sizes: from big repertory houses to small fringe theatres. She writes in both English and Slovenian languages and works as a dramaturge, translator, director and performer.
Photo by: David Modic

Neda Nezhdana

NN5Neda Nezhdana  is Ukrainian playwright, poet, screenwriter, culturologist, art critic and translator. She graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages of Kiev (French philology) and the Mohyla Academy of Kiev (culturology). She is the head the department of Drama projects at the National Centre of Theatrical Art Less Kourbass, one of the founders of the independent Kiev Theater “MIST” and lecturer of dramaturgy at Kiev National University Tarass Shevchenko. Most of her 25 plays were staged over 70 times. Her work (publications, performances, readings, awards, participation in festivals) has traveled in many cities in Ukraine and in other countries: Russia, Belarus, Poland, Serbia, Macedonia, Georgia, Armenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, France, Sweden, U.S., Australia, Cuba and Iraq. Neda Nezhdana also translated 16 plays from French, Russian and Byelorussian. She is the author of over 80 articles about drama, theatre and cinema. Neda Nezhdana is chairman of the Confederation of Playwrights of Ukraine, patron of Ukraine in the Biennale “New European Plays” (Wiesbaden) and chief of Ukrainian committee in MEO (Paris).

Ulrike Syha

ULRIKE_SYHA_0035Ulrike Syha was born in 1976 in Wiesbaden/Germany. She studied dramaturgy in Leipzig and worked as teaching assistant at the “Schauspiel Leipzig”.  She is currently living and working as a freelance adviser and translator of theater literature in Hamburg.  Ulrike Syha held academic scholarships of “Schloss Solitude” at “Literarisches Colloquium” in Berlin, of the German Academy Rome (“Casa Baldi”), of the JAK Budapest, of the “Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen” and of the “Hessischer Literaturrat” (residence in Lithuania). She won the “Kleist-Förderpreis” award for young dramatic advisers (“Autofahren in Deutschland”) and the “Hamburger Förderpreis für Literatur”  award (“Herr Schuster kauft eine Straße”) and her plays were staged several times at the “Mülheimer Dramatikertage” (“Privatleben”, “Nomaden”). In 2009/2010 she was exclusively writing for the national theater Mannheim. Some of her plays have been translated into French, English, Spanish, Hungarian, Slovenian and Russian.

Ardiana Shala Prishtina

polipArdiana Shala Prishtina was born in 1983 in Prishtina, Kosova. After getting a degree in Psychology from the Free University of Berlin, Ardiana returned to her hometown where she currently works as a youth and family counselor and psychotherapist.  She is also involved in activities within the NGO sector as project coordinator for peace building through early childhood education. She writes poetry in Albanian and German language.

Miraš Martinović

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMiraš Martinović is a renowned writer from Montenegro. He is known for the antique themes and the forgotten landscapes of Montenegro that he treats in his novels: Putevi Prevalise (Roads of Prevalise; published in Italy with the title Pitere di Montenegro and translated by Silvia Ferarria; also, some excerpts from this book have been translated into Hebrew by Dine Katon, and published in some prominent Israeli literary magazines),  Otvaranje Agruviuma (The Opening of Agruvium), and the novel Teuta, which has been reprinted many times, and based on this novel a play with the same title has been staged by an international theatre, with actors from Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Italy and Croatia, directed by Slobodan Milatović.  His novel Teuta was published in Albanian by the publishing house KOHA in 2010. The beginning of his literary endeavors began with a poetry collection titled Mit o Trešnji  (Myth of a Cherry; 1974), for which he was awarded the literary prize “Lazar Vučković” (1974), and the second edition of this book was published in Belgrade in 2009. Nevidljivi ljetopis (The Unseen Yearbook; 2010) is the first of the four book collection titled Neotkrivena Zemlja (The Undiscovered Land), and the other three books are Govor kraljeva (The King’s Speech; 2009), Govor zemlje (The Earth’s Speech; 2013) and is currently working one the fourth book Govor vjekova (The Speech of the Ages).  The novel Poslednji Eshilov dan (The Last Day of Aeschylus) will be published by the prominent publishing house ONUFRI from Tirana. He is a member of the Montengran PEN association, and Matice Crnogorske. Also, he is the winner of Okotobarske nagrade of Herceg Nov, the city where he resides.

Lisiana Demiraj

Demiraj Lisiana - artistic photoLisiana Demiraj  was born in 1987 in Albania. She studied Medicine at the University of Tirana. Her book “Xanax –when the pain didn’t stop” is a mixture of poetry and drama and was published in 2008 in Tirana. In 2012 she participated at the 8th edition of the Poetry and Literature Festival “Poeteka” in Tirana. The 27th edition of Poeteka magazine published in 2013 thirteen of her prose writings. She participated in 2014 at the 2ndInternational Forum of Young Poetesses in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tomislav Marković

tomislav markovic blackTomislav Marković  was born in 1976. He is a poet, satirist, journalist and an anti-fascist. He lives in Belgrade. In collaboration with the editor board of set Beton, he has edited the books Srbija kao sprava (tr: Serbia as a device, 2007) and Antimemorandum-dum (V.B.Z., 2009). He has published two books with poetry, two with aphorisms and a book with satirical texts Vreme smrti i razonode (tr: Time of death and joy, V.B.Z., 2009). He was one of the editors of cultural propaganda at Beton and the deputy of Petar Likovic in the portal

Adil Olluri 

Foto per PolipAdil Olluri (1984) is a writer and literary critic. He has published three books: “Many roads and a fall” (short stories, 2013), “The Albanian postmodern novel” (2011) and “The postmodern trilogy” (2011). His short story “The return of father” was translated in Czech language by Martin Surovcak and published in the cultural magazine “Porta Balkanica”.  He is the co-founder of “Kosovo Writer’s Club” and editor of “Jeta e re”, the oldest literary magazine in Kosovo. In 2011 his book “The Albanian postmodern novel” was awarded the National Literary Award by the Ministry of Culture of Kosovo for the best book in literary criticism.

 Hana Dalipi

Belgradian mixture of all European genes, which, like ebony and ivory, live together in perfect harmony. In her twenties,she studied, traveled, published. Won the award Miloš Crnjanski for the novel Weekend in Materina (Homo Sapeinsić i Sapiensići). Just before the local apocalyptic couple M&M came in power, exiled in Paris where she did hard labor (children, elderly people, American restaurants, Franco-German TV), but acquired new friendships and improved old languages. Complete literary works still in manuscripts. Working on mother’s biography 33 Years Long Calvary and currentlyin mourning for Francois Cavanna and Mirko Đorđević, the most incorruptible people she has ever met.

Borka Pavićević

IMG_4655Graduated and obtained master’s degree at Academy for Theater, Film, Radio and Television, Belgrade. Dramaturgist, Theater Atelier 212, and BITEF, Belgrade’s annual international festival of avant-garde theater (20 years),  Dramaturgist in Zenica, Split, Skopje, Ljubljana, Subotica and Pristina. Founder, “New Sensibility” theatre. Participated in artistic movement KPGT, in ex Yugoslavia (1984-1991). Artistic director, Belgrade Drama Theater, removed after public and political statements (1993). A member of a Belgrade Circle, organization of independent intellectuals. Founder and director of Center for Cultural Decontamination, (1995).  Regular columnist in “Susreti”, “Vreme” and currently in “Danas”. Published works include two collections of essays,” At X: Post-Dayton Fashion” (Novi Pazar, 1998) and “Fashion” (Belgrade, 1994); “Do you remember?” in “The Other Serbia” (Belgrade, 1992). Recipient of the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater, New York (2000); the Hiroshima Foundation Prize for Peace and Culture (2004); the Osvajanje slobode prize, awarded by the Maja Maršićević Tasić Foundation to a woman whose acts affirm the principles of human rights, rule of law, democracy and tolerance (2005); Routes Award given by ECF, Amsterdam (2009/2010), and from the Government of the Republic of France, the Legion d’Honneur (2001).

Vladimir Arsenijević

vlajsaVladimir Arsenijević was born in 1965 in Pula, Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He is an awarded and internationally acclaimed Serbian writer, translator, editor and publicist. He won the 1994 NIN-award for his first novel In the Hold (U potpalublju) thus becoming the youngest ever recipient of this prestigious prize. This was the very first debut book ever rewarded with this prize. This anti-war book was soon translated into 20 languages and placed Arsenijević almost instantly among the most translated Serbian writers ever. Since then, Arsenijević published seven other novels, graphic novels and books of essays. He is a well known editor who formed and developed the RENDE publishing house, where he worked as its editor in chief from its foundation until 2007. From 2007 until 2011 he ran a Belgrade subsection of a distinguished Croatian publishing house VBZ. His essays and columns are published in both printed and online media all over the region of former Yugoslavia. He founded and regularly works at the Krokodil literary festival. He lives and works in Belgrade.

Andreas Flourakis

???????????????????????????????Andreas Flourakis is a Greek writer, born in 1969 in Athens. He has published four books of poetry (Body 1-4), two novels (The Soul Of The Days, Life On Other Planets), and several plays. He is considered one of the most innovative voices in the Greek theatre scene and part of a new generation of playwrights. Flourakis participated in the Royal Court International Residency in 2001, and has served as visiting professor in Playwriting at The University of Kansas as well as several institutions in Greece. Honors include a Writer in Residence Award at the Royal Court International Residency (UK), a Fulbright Artist Award (USA), a Diploma in Filmmaking (Greece) and an MA in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama (UK).  His first theater appearance was in 2001 with the collaborative play Faith (Theatre of the South). In 2003 he received a special recognition in the one-act play contest organized by the Theatre of Art, in 2006 his play ANTILOPES was chosen as one of the sixteen best plays in the JANUS Project for New Plays and New Playwriting across Europe, and in 2008 he was rewarded in the one-act play contest organized by the DI.PE.THE of Rhodes, and received 3rd prize in the International Monodrama Contest 2006-2008 of UNESCO-ITI. His plays were performed in distinguished Greek theatres during the last decade. His work has been translated into English, French, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Polish and Finnish and performed or read at the Royal Court Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Tristan Bates in Great Britain, the Oyun Yaz festival in Istanbul, at Helsinki Festival, the Comparative Drama Conference, the HotINK festival, the GI60 festival in the USA and

Arber Selmani 

1800114_10151899796911956_2018785728_oArber Selmani was born in 1991 in Pristina. He is an award-winning arts journalist and a freelancer for several Medias in Kosovo and abroad. He is a 3rdyear student of Marketing and one of the co-founders of Culturist, a NGO supporting the cultural scene in Kosovo. At the age of 13 he started working in several radio stations, while then continued in Klan Kosova Television, “Zëri” Newspaper and Tribuna. He is a human rights activist and a researcher on multiculturalism, nationalism and LGBT issues. “Why the grandpa is sad” is the only book he has published so far, and now concentrating on a novel about a story happening in the streets of Vienna. His writings have no gender, he writes about the love for man and woman with the same divine feelings. He writes poetry and focuses on the journeys he has around Europe against the experiences and viewpoints of a young Kosovo guy.

Blerina Rogova Gaxha

blerinaBlerina Rogova Gaxha was born in Gjakova in 1982. She obtained her MA in the field of modern forms and literary theories at the University of Prishtina. With her poetry book “Gorgone” (2009), she won the price of Mitingu i Poezise for the book of the year. She worked as a journalist at Radio BBC. Since 2009, she wrote columns  for the daily newspaper Zëri, where she is currently editor for arts and culture. Her work was published in different national and international literary magazines and antologies including Lichtungen and Wespenest. She participated at book fairs in Germany and won the scholar for writers in Split, Croatia 2013. In 2013 her latest work  with poetry Kate was published by the publishing house PA.

Smajl Smaka

Smajl SmakaSmajl Smaka is a poet, journalist publicist and translator. He was born in 1952 in Bllagajë, Peja. First he was a journalist for Rilindja and then later the chief editor of the Television of Pristina. For a while he was a correspondent for the newspaper “Vjesnik” in Zagreb and associate of several weekly journals of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 1999 he works for the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK). He has published the collection with poems “Ëmblemë nate”, Rinlindja 1998. He has also published homage books, like “Shetitje me Azemin” (dedicated to Azem Shkrelit), Onufri ,Tiranë, 2010 and “Pavdekësia e poetit” (dedicated  to the poet Ali Podrimja), SMS, Prishtinë 2012. Smaka translated the book with poetry of Abdullah Sidran (“Tabuti i Sarajevës”, Prishtinë, 2011) from Bosnian to Albanian language. From Croatian language he has translated the poem of the poet Andrija Kaciq Mioshiq (“Gjergj Kastrioti –Skënderebeu” Uegen, Tiranë, 2012). A year ago he translated the novel of the famous Serbian writer Filip David (“Ëndrra për dashurinë dhe vdekjen”, Rozafa, Prishtinë, 2013). Meanwhile from Albanian to Croatian language he has translated the collection of poetry of Visar Zhiti (“Izabrane pjesme”, 2010, Nova Gorica, Kroaci). Smaka is also the translator of Ismail Kadare’s novel “Darka e gabuar” into Montenegrin language in 2011, with the title “Pad kamenog grada”.

Hakan Silahsizoglu

hakan sHakan Silahsizoglu is an actor trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. He has been extensively working in London and Istanbul as an actor, play translator and cultural operator. Hakan took part in three BBC radio plays, performed in mostly modern plays and worked for TV commercials in Turkey. As a tutor he has given acting classes for performing arts students at Bilgi University in Istanbul.
Hakan runs theatre workshops between Istanbul and other countries & brings artists from abroad to Turkey for playwriting workshops as well as performances


Authors 2013

Yolanda Castaño
Foto por Ren Rox_yolandaYolanda Castaño (1977) born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, has been writing poetry since she was 18. With a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Media Studies, she works as an editor, columnist and a culture manager, and has worked for a Galician TV for many years (Galician Audiovisual Academy Award as ‘Best TV Communicator 2005’). She has published 5 poetry books in Galician and Spanish (the last one entitled Depth of Field), and a pair of compilations. Her poetry has been translated into more than fifteen languages. In 2011 she held two international fellowships as a writer-in-residence, in Rhodes (Greece) and Munich (Germany).
Beqë Cufaj
beqe_cufajBeqë Cufaj, (born 1970 in Deçan, Kosovo), is a Kosovo Albanian writer who lives with his family in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied Language and Literature at the University of Prishtina. He writes for various newspapers in the Balkans and Western Europe (including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, NZZ and Courrier International) and has published several volumes of essays and prose.  His works have been translated into different languages: German, French, English, and Italian etc. Some of his published works are: Balada Budallaqe, poems (Rilindja, 1994); 205, Stories (Dukagjini, 1996);  Kosova, essay and reports from the war in Kosovo (Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna-Munich, 2000; in German) Shkëlqimi i Huaj, (Dukagjini, 2003); Der Glanz der Fremde, (Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna-Munich; 2005 in German). His last book titled project@party is his second novel.
Faruk Šehić
2012-11-23 faruk sehic 09Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihac. He grew up in Bosanska Krupa, when it was still a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Šehić was studying Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb until the outbreak of war in 1992, when at age of 22, he voluntarily joined the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where as a lieutenant he led a unit of 130 men. After the war he studied literature and since 1998 has published his own literary works. The literary critics regard him as one of the most gifted young writers of former Yugoslavia, as a shining light of the so-called “knocked-over generation”. Some of his published work are: Pjesme u nastajanju (2000; tr: Acquired Poems), Pod pritiskom (2004; tr: Under Pressure), Knjiga o Uni (2011; tr: The Book of Una), etc.

Eftychia Panayiotou

4Eftychia Panayiotou was born in Cyprus in 1980. She is a poet, copy editor, poetry translator and a literary critic. She studied Philosophy in Athens and Modern Greek in London and is currently completing her PhD in Modern Greek female poetry. Her first poetry book, Megas Kipouros, was published in 2007. Her second one, Mavri Moralina, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the Cyprus State Prize and the “Diavazo” Poetry Prize and won the third prize for Best Book by a Young Poet. Her poetry has been translated in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Croatian. Panayiotou has translated Anne Sexton’s Love Poems in Greek (Melani Publishers, 2010) as well as works of other American poets, such as Anne Carson, Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer and Ravi Shankar.
Saša Ilić
Sasa Ilic pisac Foto Goranka Matic Saša Ilić was born in 1972 in Jagodina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He has published the project Odisej (1998, co-authored with D. Bošković), the stories Predosećanje građanskog rata (The prevision of the civil war, 2000) and the novel Berlinsko okno (Berlin Window, 2005/2006). Saša Ilić has also edited Pseći vek (The century of the dog, 2000), a collection of stories from narrators born after 1970. He is one of the founders and editors of the annex Beton ( Srbija kao sprava (Serbia as a device, 2007) and Antimemorandum-dum (2009) are two books of essays and satirical articles that Saša Ilić, along with the editorial board of annex Beton, has edited and published.

Tal Nitzán

TalTal Nitzán (Israel) is an award winning poet, editor and a major translator of Hispanic literature. Recipient of the Women Writers’ Prize, the Culture Minister’s Prize for Beginning Poets, and the Prime Minister’s Prize for writers, Nitzán has published five poetry collections: Domestica , An Ordinary EveningCafé Soleil BleuThe First to Forget and Look at the same cloud twice. Her poems have been translated to many languages, and anthologies of her work have been published in Italian, French, Spanish and Lithuanian. An ardent peace activist, Nitzán has edited the ground-breaking anthology With an Iron pen: Hebrew Protest Poetry (2005), a collection of poems that protest against the Israeli occupation (English version: SUNY Press, USA, 2009). She has translated over 70 books into Hebrew, including poetry works by Cervantes, Machado, García Lorca, Neruda, Paz, Borges, Vallejo, Pavese and others.

Ervina Halili

ErvinaErvina Halili a poet, essayist, literary researcher from Pristina born in 1986. She is a cultural activist with her researches and participations in several social-cultural public debates in a lot of international social-cultural events. Her first poem was published and translated when she was 11 year old “Crowd97”. Her individual publications includes three books of poetry. She appeared in a lot of local and international anthologies and she was guest of a lot of literature houses and theatres including Vienna(Milo Dor ),Sarajevo(Pen-center),), Belgrade (Krokodil), Leipzig(Bookfest), Graz ( Internationales Haus der Autoren). Actually she is a founder of Fragum-Center for Cultural Interaction in Pristina.
Miloš Živanović
Milos Zivanovic 1Miloš Živanović (1976, Belgrad) – poet, journalist and one of the four editors of the cultural propaganda set Beton. He has published two collections with poems: Ignore The Nightmare In The Bathroom, Lirika pasa (tr: Dog’s lyrics, 2009) and the collection with stories Kubernetes – priče o pilotu (tr: Kubernets – stories about a pilot). He is the text editor of the book Beton: Srbija kao sprava (tr: Serbia as a device) and Antimemorandum-dum. For this work the editorial board of Beton was awarded by NUNS (Association of Independent Journalists of Serbia) with the Dušan Bogovac prize for ethics and courage in journalism (2007). In 2011 his novel Razbijanje (The Killing) was published by Algoritam. He is the editor at the publishing house Alogaritam in Belgrade.

Ivana Simić Bodrožić

PXL_111005_695Ivana Simić Bodrožić studied Croatian Language and Literature and Philosophy at the Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy. In 2005 she published her first poetry collection named Prvi korak u tamu (The First Step into Darkness) as part of the Goran Award for young poets. Her poems have been included in numerous Croatian and international magazines and anthologies of contemporary Croatian poetry as well as a German anthology Konzert für das Eis (Wunderhorn Verlag, 2009).  Her first novel Hotel Zagorje was published in 2010 (publisher: Profil multimedija) receiving high praise from both critics and audiences. It is translated into German and published in 2012 by Hanser Verlag, which has bought the rights to the novel and its international promotion. As a co-scriptwriter Ivana Simić Bodrožić is currently working on the film adaptation of the novel with the renowned Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić.
Jovica Ivanovski
Jovica fotkaJovica Ivanovski was born 1961 in Skopje. Author of poetry collections Way Such Liver For Me (1995), The City is Full of You (1997), A Strange Kind of a Sunny Day (1999), Three Forward, Three backwards (2004), Double Album (In the Shadow of the Billboard and Ice cream as far as the eye can see) – two books within one cover (2005), Siesta Thirst (2007), Whistling in the Wind (2009), With a Straw in a Mouth (2011), as well as selected poems: Open the Window and Let the City Breathe a Little, selection of poetry in English (2002), Selected Poems (selection of poetry in English and Macedonian; 2002) and One of These Days if Not Tomorrow (selection of poetry in English and Macedonian; 2009)He is a member of Independent Writers of Macedonia. He still lives and works in Skopje.
György Dragomán
Dragoman György Dragomán was born in 1973 in Marosvásárhely (Tirgu Mures), Romania. When he was 15 his family immigrated to Hungary. He studied Philosophy and English, worked as a literary translator, translated works by I. B. Singer, Irvine Welsh and Samuel Beckett. He published two novels so far, The Book of Destruction (A pusztítás könyve 2002) and The White King (A fehér király 2005). His best-known work, The White King (2005) has been translated to at least 28 languages. He has received various literary awards for his writings, such as the Sándor Bródy Prize (2003). Dragomán lives in Budapest with his wife and two children.

Tomislav Marković

tomaTomislav Marković was born in 1976. He is a poet, satirist, journalist and an anti-fascist. He lives in Belgrade. In collaboration with the editor board of set Beton, he has edited the books Srbija kao sprava (tr: Serbia as a device, 2007) and Antimemorandum-dum (V.B.Z., 2009). He has published two books with poetry, two with aphorisms and a book with satirical texts Vreme smrti i razonode (tr: Time of death and joy, V.B.Z., 2009). He is one of the editors of cultural propaganda at Beton and the deputy of Petar Likovic in the portal
Doris Akrap
GenotazDoris Akrap studied Religion and Culture Science and Southeast European History. She works since 2009 as a editor at the taz (, currently serves as managing editor for the weekend edition. Previously, she was the editor of the weekly newspaper “Jungle World” and the newspaper “Sport-BZ”.

Genc Kadriu

Genc_KadriuGenc Kadriu is a poet who writes a good poem out of X. He went to an art school in London quite some time ago and got an honours degree there.  Although, not much has come out of it; a layabout libertine roaming the beach forests of Devon, smoking hashish and conversing with the skin-speckled fishermen, in whom he would find incarnations of the “Old Man and the Sea”. His poems vary by virtue of disposition of places he is found in – much like the weather. For instance, in Kosovo they are less about love and more about despair. In love, less about love and more about scorn. He also runs an independent publishing house that is as independent as its financial predicament of obtaining funds allow for. Inversely, it is dependent on his motivation to push things on, a motivation that most of the times is as scarce as a Palos Verdes Blue. He is a fan of Pope Francis, but no catholic. Or superstitious for that matter. He believes world peace is a human invention, like Evil, and that we’re all fucked anyway. He currently resides in the down-trodden town of Prishtina.
Volker Dittrich
Volker Dittrich_PorträtVolker Dittrich was born in 1951 in Fleestedt near Hamburg. Commercial apprenticeship, working as a shipping clerk, studied pedagogy, teacher at a comprehensive school, publisher at the Institute for Education and Culture, Remscheid, journalist and author. Founder of the Dittrich Verlag and publisher of the editionBalkan at the Dittrich Verlag. Publications: novels, radio features, documentary movie “The Night of the Georgians,” 2002. Last »Two sides of Remembrance – The Brothers Manfred and Edgar Hilsenrath,” Deutschlandfunk, 2011.

Seth Baumrin 

JP-CUNY1-popupSeth Baumrin (PhD, M. Phil, MFA, BA), the Chairman of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is a director, theatre historian, and author. His publications include “Ketmanship in Opole: Jerzy Grotowski and the Price of Free Expression” as well as “Les Kurbas Theatre, Lviv, 2008”, “Anarcho-Radical Roots – Opole to Oslo to Holstebro 1959-69” and “Eugenio Barba’s Early Experimental Theatre as Intervention”. Baumrin is now at work on “The Assassination of Les Kurbas: State Sanctioned Murder of a Generation of Twentieth Century Ukrainian Theatre Artists”. Baumrin serves as the literary director for A Laboratory for Actor Training, e.t.c. in Brooklyn. He produces events for the Art of Justice Series at John Jay College, most recently hosting SKRIP Orkestra from Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Baumrin has also directed over sixty theatre and opera productions.

Alida Bremer

Alida Bremer-© Olivier FavreAlida Bremer (born 1959 in Split, Croatia) finished her Comparative Literature studies at the University of Saarbrücken. Some of her publications, among others, are: Jugoslawische (Sch)Erben: Probleme und Perspektiven (Osnabrück 1993); Kriminalistische Dekonstruktion: Zur Poetik der postmodernen Kriminalromane (Würzburg 1999); Literarischer Reiseführer: Istrien (Klagenfurt/Celovec 2008); etc. Together with the KulturKontakt Austria she is the publisher of the „Kroatische Literatur der Gegenwart“ in ten volumes. She has translated literary works of authors such as Edo Popović, Ivana Sajko, Delimir Rešicki, Marko Pogačar. Together with the Hungarian author György Dalos she is was the curator of „Kroatien als Schwerpunktland zur Leipziger Buchmesse“ program in 2008. She received „Grenzgänger“ fellowship of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for the work on the novel Olivas Garten (published in August 2013 at Eichborn Verlag, Köln) and is a freelancer for the S. Fischer Foundation and the network Traduki. Alida is a member of the Croatian PEN center. (photo by: © Olivier Favre)

Verena Nolte

Verena Nolte_ foto NigglRadloffVerena Nolte studied languages in Paris and London and Modern German Literature and French Literature at the Freie University Berlin. She worked as a translator, author and editor for literary magazines and radio. For the cultural department of the city of Munich, she worked in international cultural exchange and directed 1997-2003 the Villa Waldberta, the artists’ and writers’ residence of Munich at Lake Starnberg. In June 1999 she here organized the symposium “Thinking, philosophizing, writing in the shadow of war” with writers and intellectuals from the ex- Yugoslav countries. From 2006 – 2010 she was executive director of the network of German literature houses and founded in 2011 in Munich the non-profit culture company Kulturallmende –, with which she realizes international literature and art projects, including writers exchange programs with Croatia and Poland.

  Ardian Haxhaj

photo of Ardian HaxhajArdian Haxhaj was born in 1976 in Gllareva. He studied world literature at the University of Prishtina where he got his MA, defending a thesis on Milena Kundera’s novel The Joke. He is considered a one of the best accomplished writers from amongst the new literary Kosovo scene. So far he has published three novels: The last of a mission (Buzuku, 2006); The head chronicle of Kosovo’s Battle, (Faik Konica, 2008); The memories of a Jew (Faik Konica, 2010; also to be published soon in England). His fourth novel is a manuscript and will be published in Prishtina. Ardian Haxhaj writes screenplays for short and long feature films. Some of screenplays have been directed as short feature films, as well as some documentaries.
Dragoslava Barzut
Dragoslava BarzutDragoslava Barzut (1984, Crvenka, Srbija) is a writer, performer and blogger. She won the first award for her short story “The last hour is the longest, plus bonus track” at the short story festival “Odakle zovem”. That story has also been placed in the regional anthology “Out of corridor – the best short story 2011.” Her essay “The reception of Rastko Petrovic’s Poetry in the collection the XX era revelation” won her the second prize at the competition “Ulaznica 2009”. She published a collection of short stories “Zlatni metak” (The golden bullet) – “Đuro Đukanov” award for the best manuscript 2011. She writes columns for the Labris (an organization for lesbian human rights) web portal. Dragoslava is the editor of the poetry column on the web magazine Afirmator. She also blogs for  on women’s issues as well as the regional literary scene.

Jörg Sundermeier

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJörg Sundermeier was born 1970, is a publicist and  publisher. In 1995 he founded together with Werner Labisch the publishing house Verbrecher. He is the publisher of several books. He himself released the books: “Der letzte linke Student” (2004), “Heimatjkunde Ostwestfalen” (2011), “Der letzte linke Student kämpft weiter” (2011).

Mirela Kumbaro

mirela fotoMirela Kumbaro was born in 1966 in Tirana. She holds a doctorate in translation studies and works as an associate professor. Mirela Kumbaro founded the department of translation studies at the University of Tirana in Albania. She has translated and published into Albanian language numerous books of notable authors such as Milan Kundera, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Fernand Braudel, Amin Zaoni, Marjane Satrapi, Slavenka Drakuliq and so on. As an expert on the craft of translation, she teaches both at the University of Tirana and University of Prishtina.

Doruntina Vinca

Doruntina VincaDoruntina Vinca (1982) was born and raised in Prishtina. She spent her formative years in New York City, writing and reading in remote tables of coffee shops and libraries, in between classes at Hunter College, CUNY (where she studied Anthropology). For years she was a devoted flaneur of NYC’s urban landscapes, which in no way is a quality worth mentioning in one’s bio. Currently, Doruntina works as a researcher, analyzing freedom (or rather, lack of freedom) of movement of people in the Western Balkans. She is also translating a book on Kosovo education during the 1990′s. She mostly writes short stories and lives between Prishtina and Tirana.

Ralph Hammerthaler

HAMMERTALER_RALPH_PLK_Ausschnitt_GRalph Hammerthaler was born in 1965 in Wasserburg (Bavaria). Today he lives and writes in Berlin. Some of his published novels are: Alles bestens (2002), Aber das ist ein anderes Kapitel (2007) and Der Sturz des Friedrich Voss (2010). His theater plays and operas were staged in various theaters in Düsseldorf, Osnabrück, Munich, Berlin, Omsk (Sibiria) and Mexico City, whilst his latest work „ein Gott eine Frau ein Dollar“ („one God one Woman one Dollar“) was shown in Munich in 2013. During 2006-07 he worked as a literary adviser to the Schaubühne Berlin. Ralph is a Socio Honorario (honorary member) of the Teatro Sombrero Azul in Mexico City.
Photo by: Elvira Faltermeier

Arben Idrizi

ArbenIdrizi by Kushtrim TernavaArben Idrizi was born 1974 in Vushtrri, Kosovo. In 2003 he published his first poetic collection Heqakeq (MM, 2003); and his second one Libri i të qenit in 2010. He has translated and published Valerio Magrelli’s poems in a collection titled Hiçi që është nën. Arben has worked for five years for the weekly magazine ‘Zëri’ and as of 2005 he writes for the daily newspaper ‘Gazeta Express’. He is regular contributor to the literary magazine MM. Arben has also translated from Italian works of notable poets such as S. Quasimodo, E. Montale, Cesare Pavese, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mario Luzi, Alda Merini, F. Santi, which were then published at various literary magazines in Kosovo and Albania. In 2013 his collection with poems Kafshët e duan atdheun was published in Serbian language supported by the 2012’s annual edition of polip literature festival.

Blerina Rogova Gaxha

blerinaBlerina Rogova Gaxha was born in Gjakova in 1982. She obtained her MA in the field of modern forms and literary theories at the University of Prishtina. With her poetry book “Gorgone” (2009), she won the price of Mitingu i Poezise for the book of the year. She worked as a journalist at Radio BBC. Since 2009, she wrote columns  for the daily newspaper Zëri, where she is currently editor for arts and culture. Her work was published in different national and international literary magazines and antologies including Lichtungen and Wespenest. She participated at book fairs in Germany and won the scholar for writers in Split, Croatia 2013. In 2013 her latest work  with poetry Kate was published by the publishing house PA.

Basri Çapriqi

fotobasriBasri Çapriqi was born in Ulqin in 1960. He studied  Literature at the University of Prishtina and received his Master’s Degree in 1988 in Philological Sciences. In 2004 he received his Ph. D. in Prishtina. He works at the University of Prishtina where he teaches Stylistics and Semiotics at the Department of General and Comparative Literature. His poetry has been included in several anthologies of Albanian Literature. His poetry has also been translated in English, French, German, Rumanian, Polish, Serb/Croation, and Macedonian. He is the president of Kosova PEN Center. He writes poetry, literary critique, essays. He has published seven collections of poetry and five collections of literary critique. Among his works of poetry the most known are: ‘He Mocks Me’, ‘The Bizarre Fruits’, ‘Grass on the Window’, ‘The Taming of the Snake’. Literary critique: ‘The Microstructure of the Text’, ‘The Dimensions of Context’, ‘The Symbol and Its Rivals’, ‘The Kadare Paradigm’.

Eli Gashi

Eli GashiEli Gashi is the Executive Director of Alter Habitus – Institute for Studies in Culture and Science. She earned a Masters of Arts in Sociology at New School for Social Research in NY. Since 2000 she worked as a researcher, journalist and has several years experience in international development field. She is a board member of Kosova Women’s Network. Her publications include: “Shifting the gaze – Forgetting through the act of Remembrance” Lirindja, 2012, “Return to a ‘Newborn’ state”, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, TCDS, New York, 2008, Kosovar Women in Civil Society: 1980 – 2004, Researcher, Kosovo Gender Studies, 2006, “Effects of Globalization on Victims of Trafficking”, Frauen Solidarität, Vienna 2002, WOMEN 2000, Co-authored chapter on Kosovo, International Helsinki Federation, 2000.

Driton Selmani

bou 009Driton Selmani was born in 1987 in Ferizaj. He is a visual artist currently based in Doganaj and Prishtina. Selmani holds a BA from AAB Academy in Prishtina, an MFA from The Arts University Bournemouth UK. His work explores the complexities of his cultural identity where as his investigation is in a constant ‘experimental initiative’ and it has a close relation with complexities occurred in his my cultural identity
(photo by: Gonçalo Costa ©)


Authors 2012 Ute Friederich

Ute Friederich (1984) studioi Filologji Gjermane dhe Angleze në Bonn dhe Aberdeen. Në vitin 2009, ajo përfundoi studimet e saj Master në Bonn. Tema e saj »Komik – Comic. Komische Elemente in den Texten Franz Kafkas und ihre bildliche Umsetzung in verschiedenen Comic-Adaptionen« (Shqip.: »Komik – Komikë. Elementet komike në veprat e Franz Kafkës dhe përkthimet e tyre në novelat grafike.«) u shpërblye me çmimin Roland-Faelske për filma komikë dhe të animuar. Ajo aktualisht punon në dizertacionin e saj mbi traumën, kujtesën dhe montazhin në veprat e W.G. Sebald dhe në një përzgjedhje të novelave grafike.

Qerim Ondozi

Qerim Ondozi (Rahovec, 1982) është student i vitit të fundit të gjuhës dhe letërsisë angleze, pranë Universitetit të Prishtinës. Ai punon në Qendra Multimedia, në projekte të përkthimit, ato letrare dhe teatrore. Ai përkthen nga gjuha shqipe ne serbisht-kroatisht, anglisht dhe spanjisht. Përkthimet e tij kryesore janë: Theatre and Nationalism (2011), edituar nga James Thompson dhe Jeton Neziraj, botim i In Place of War dhe Qendra Multimedia (botim bilingual: në shqip dhe anglisht); Polip – This Place is our Zoological Garden now (2011), edituar nga Lucia Zimmerman (përkthimi i eseve nga serbishtja dhe shqipja në anglisht); Gishti – dramë nga Doruntina Basha, fituese e konkursit rajonal për dramën më të mirë të angazhuar bashkëkohore (shqip në serbisht); MM magazina (esetë nga anglishtja dhe kroatishtja në shqip).

Miloš Živanović

Miloš Živanović (1976, Beograd) – shkrimtar dhe njëri nga katër redaktorët e suplementit Kulturor Propagandistik Beton. Ai ka botuar dy libra me poezi, Ignore The Nightmare In The Bathroom (Injoroje Makthin në Banjo) (2006.) dhe Lirika pasa (Lirika e Qenëve, 2009); përmbledhje tregimesh Kubernetes – priče o pilotu (Kubernetes – Tregimet mbi Pilotin, 2008.); romanin Razbijanje (Shpartallimi, 2011). Veprat e tij janë të përkthyera në gjermanisht, polonisht dhe shqip. Me bordin redaktorial të Betonit, ai ka përgatitur dy libra, përmbledhje me ese dhe artikuj satirikë: Srbija kao sprava (Serbia si mjet, 2007.) dhe Antimemorandum-dum (2009). Me bordin redaktorial të Betonit dhe me kolegë nga Prishtina, ai mori pjesë në projektin e dy antologjive: Nga Beogradi me dashuri dhe Iz Prišine s ljubavlju (Nga Prishtina me dashuri) (2011). Ai është redaktor në shtëpinë botuese Algoritam në Beograd.

Enes Kurtović

Enes Kurtović u lind në vitin 1969 në Arapuša, Bosnje dhe Hercegovinë. Diplomoi në Agronomi në Fakultetin Bioteknik në Ljubljanë dhe punon në fushën e zgjerimit bujqësor. Aktualisht jeton në Sanski Most. Ka botuar tri përmbledhje me poezi: Blertë në bardhë” (Omnibus, 2001) , “Ethet e Xhihadit të së Premtes” (Naklada Zoro, 2005) dhe “Sektor G” (Omnibus, 2010). Artikujt e tij janë botuar në boshnjakisht dhe në gjuhë të huaja, në libra dhe buletine të ndryshme: Album, Omnibus, sic! (Bosnje), Zarez (Kroaci), Junaci urbane bede, Mala kutija, Tekstura (Serbi), Paralele, Cimet, Apokalipsa (Slloveni), Pobocza (Poloni), Versal (Holandë). Përveç edicioneve të shtypura, ai ka publikuar artikuj në portalë interneti për poezi (Poezin, Bundolo), dhe në blogun e tij “Sektor G” (

Saša Ilić

Saša Ilić u lind në vitin 1972 në Jagodina. Ka diplomuar në Fakultetin e Filologjisë në Beograd. Ai ka botuar si bashkëautor i projektit Odisej (1998, bashkë me D. Bošković), tregimet Predosećanje građanskog rata (Parandjenjat e luftës civile, 2000), romanin Berlinsko okno (Dritarja e Berlinit, 2005/2006) si dhe romanin Pad Kolumbije (Rënia e Kolumbisë, 2010). Saša Ilić ka përgatitur Pseći vek (Shekulli i qenit, 2000), një përmbledhje e prozatorëve të lindur pas vitit 1970. Ai është njëri nga themeluesit si dhe redaktor i suplementit Beton ( Bashkë me bordin redaktues të suplementit (Beton) ai ka përgatitur dy libra me ese dhe artikuj satirikë: Srbija kao sprava (Serbia si mjet, 2007) dhe Antimemorandum-dum (2009). Ai është autor i shtëpisë botuese Fabrika knjiga ( nga Beogradi si dhe anëtar i shoqatës jozyrtare Forum pisaca (Forumi i shkrimtarëve).

Elvana Zaimi

Elvana Zaimi u lind në qershor 1980. Përfundoi studimet për Gjuhë-Letërsi në Fakultetin Filologjik të Universitetit të Tiranës në 2002; ka mbaruar MA për studime letrare ndërdisiplinare dhe është kandidate për doktoraturë për teori përkthimi. Nga 1999 e më pas, ka punuar në median e shkruar shqiptare, si redaktore e çështjeve të rajonit dhe botës, përkthyese, si dhe gazetare kulturore. Kontributi i saj kryesor shkon për përkthimin artistik, fushë në të cilën është aktive për më shumë se 12 vjet. Ka qenë redaktore e të përjavshmes letrare-kulturore “Fjala”, që botohej në Tiranë, deri në shkurt 2006. Tashmë kjo gazetë, pas jetës edhe si revistë, ka kaluar në versionin e saj elektronik në Ka sjellë në shqip autorë si Henry Miller, Haruki Murakami, Stephen Vizinczey, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, (Philip Roth, Sandra Cisneros, Brodsky, në proces) e shumë të tjerë. Prej dy vjetësh organizon evente kulturore dhe lexime letrare në një prej librarive të Tiranës. Është gjithashtu e involvuar në projekte që prekin kulturën dhe  letërsinë shqipe brenda dhe jashtë vendit.

Sibel Halimi

Sibel Halimi është sociologe. Ajo merret edhe me poezi dhe me trajtimin e problemeve të ndryshme socio-filozofike. Ka botuar artikujt të ndryshëm në këtë frymë në revistat: “Shekulli, “MM”, “Gaia”, “Ars”  si dhe në shtojcën për kulturë të së përditshmes “Koha Ditore”. Deri tashti ka të botuar librin me poezi “Kopshti i Mëkateve”, ndërkaq libri i saj i dytë në dorëshkrim pret botimin. Aktualisht është projekt menaxhere në Qendrën Kosovare Për Studime Gjinore në Prishtinë. Më herët ka punuar në KIPRED dhe KCSF. Jeton dhe vepron në Prishtinë.

Anton Berishaj

Anton Berishaj, i lindur më 5 gusht 1965 në Priftën (Podgoricë). Ka botuar përmbledhjen poetike: ‘‘Lule mëngjesi”, Po­dgo­ri­cë, 1986 dhe studimet: “Retorika dhe letrarësia”, Buzuku, Prishtinë, 2005. dhe “Letërsia per-formative”, Buzuku, Prishtinë, 2010. Është profesor i letërsisë pranë Fakultetit të Filologjisë – Universiteti i Prishtinës. Në revista dhe publikime të ndryshme ka botuar poezi, prozë, recensione, trajtesa kritike-teorike dhe studime për çështje të ndryshme të letërsisë. Ka përkthyer në shqip shumë teoricienë dhe studiues të letërsisë, posaçërisht formalistët rusë dhe strukturalistët çekë.

Tomisla Markovic

Tomislav Markovic u lind në vitin 1976. Ai është poet, satirist, gazetar dhe antifashist. Jeton në Beograd. Në bashkëpunim me bordin e redaktorëve të Betonit, ai ka redaktuar librat Srbija kao sprava (Serbia si mjet, 2007) dhe Antimemorandum-dum (V.B.Z., 2009). Ka botuar dy libra me poezi, dy me aforizma dhe një libër me tekste satirike Vreme smrti i razonode (Koha për vdekje dhe argëtim, V.B.Z., 2009). Ai është njëri nga redaktorët e suplementit kulturor propagandistik Beton si dhe zëvendës I Petar Lukovic në portalin

Shpëtim Selmani

Shpëtim Selmani ka lindur në Prishtinë më 1986. Ka të mbaruar masterin në Fakultetin e Arteve – Aktrim dhe poashtu është pak para përfundimit të Sociologjisë pranë Universitetit Filozofik në Prishtinë. Ka qenë njëri ndër themeluesit e Teatrit Modern Po-Po në Ferizaj. Libri i tij i parë është ,, Brenda Guacës,, 2006. Ka të botuar edhe një pamflet libër ,, Poezi,, 2011 dhe një broshurë me poezi të zgjedhura. Përveç poezisë shkruan prozë dhe drama. 

Sasa Ciric

Sasa Ciric (1975., Pirot). Ka diplomuar në Fakultetin e Filologjisë në Beograd (grupi i letërsisë dhe gjuhës serbe tek letërsia e përgjithshme). I punësuar në Radio Beograd 2 ku përcjell letërsinë bashkëkohore serbe, ish-jugosllave dhe të ballkanit. Ka publikuar librin e vështrimeve letrare dhe eseve “Užici hermeneutike” (Zrenjanin, 2009) si dhe publikim monografik  të katër novelistëve malazezë “Ujed istorije” (Ulqin, 2009). Ai shkruan recensione për veb portalin Booksa, të përjavshmen Novosti nga Zagrebi dhe për Beton. Koha pas kohe shkruan edhe komente politike. Ai është njëri prej katër redaktorëve të Betonit dhe bashkëredaktor i librave: “Srbija kao sprava” (Beograd, 2007) dhe “Antimemorandum-dum” (VBZ, 2009). Është njëri prej redaktorëve të antologjisë së tregimeve bashkëkohore nga Serbia “Nga Beogradi me dashuri” (Prishtinë, 2011.). Jeton në Beograd.

Marko Pogačar

Marko Pogačar u lind në vitin 1984 në Split. Boton poezi, prozë, eseistikë dhe kritikë letrare. Ai është redaktor i revistës letrare Quorum, revistë e dyjavshme për kulturë dhe ngjarje sociale Zarez. Ka qenë bursist i fondacionit Civitella Ranieri, Passa Porta, Milo Dor, Brandenburger Tor, etj. Veprat e tij u përkthyen në rreth njëzet gjuhë.

Olja Savičević

Olja Savičević Ivančević(Split, 1974), poete dhe shkrimtare. Është autore e përmbledhjeve me poezi: „Bit će strašno kada ja porastem“ (1988), „Vječna djeca“ (1993), „Žensko pismo“ (1999), „Puzzlerojc“ (2006), „Kućna pravila“ (2007), librit me tregime „Nasmijati psa“ (2006) dhe e romanit „Adio kauboju“ (2010). Për librin „Nasmijati psa“ u shpërblye me „Prozak“, fitoi çmimin e parë „Ranko Marinković“ të gazetës Večernji list për tregim të shkurtë si dhe çmimin „Kiklop“ për përmbledhjen më të mirë me poezi „Kućna pravila“. Romani „Adio kauboju“ u shpërblye me çmimin e T-portal për romanin më të mirë në Kroaci për vitin 2011, si dhe me çmimin e Slobodna Dalmacija për art „Jure Kaštelan“, dhe sipas tij autorja po shkruan edhe një dramë. Poezi dhe proza të kësaj autoreje u botuan e u përkthyen nëpër revista si dhe nëpër libra, në pesëmbëdhjetë gjuhë të botës. Ajo u përfshi në përmbledhje vendore dhe të huaja të antologjive. Jeton dhe punon në Split si shkrimtare e pavarur. Shkruan kolumne në gazeta dhe në portale, dhe bashkëpunon edhe me teatro si shkrimtare e songëve dhe dramaturge.

Marija Karaklajić

Marija Karaklajić u lind në vitin 1978 në Kragujevac, Serbi. Në vitin 2002 ajo ka diplomuar në Degën e Dramaturgjisë në Fakultetin e Arteve Dramatike në Beograd. Në vitin 2005 ajo fitoi bursën DAAD për studime postdiplomike në dramaturgji me Hans-Thies Lehmann në Universitetin e Frankfurtit – Johann Ëolfgang Goethe. Ajo ka kryer Massterin e Arteve në dramaturgji në vitin 2007. Që nga viti 2001, ajo punon si dramaturge e pavarurnë projekte teatrore në Serbi, Slloveni, Gjermani dhe Holandë. Gjatë sezonit të viteve 2003-04 ajo ka qenë kordinatore e Programit të Dramaturgjisë NADA në Teatroin Kombëtar në Beograd. Nga viti 2009 deri më 2011 ajo ka punuar për Fondacionin S. Fischer në Berlin. Aktualisht punon si dramaturge në Teatrin e Vogël “Duško Radović” në Beograd. Dramat e saj përfshinë: “Fausse-attaque, mal parer” (2000), “Milk Tooth of Soil” (2002), “Face of Glass” (2005), “House Ëith Three Hands” (2011). Në vitin 2007 ajo mori çmimin “Borislav Mihajlović Mihiz” për dramturgë të rinj.

Lindita Arapi

Lindita Arapi lindi në vitin 1972 në Lushnje, Shqipëri. Bën pjesë në grupin e autorëve të rinj shqiptarë të vitete 90-të që thyen klishetë letrare të realizmit socialist pas rënies së diktaturës duke eksperimentuar me poezinë. Lindita Arapi ka botuar vëllime poetikë, prozë, eseistikë dhe përkthime. Në vitin 2001 ajo përfundoi disertacionin me temë kulturologjike në Universitetin e Vjenës “Rekonstruimi i imazhit të Shqipërisë në botën gjermanike”, i cili u botua më pas si studim nga Tectum Verlag në Gjermani. Në vitin 2010 botoi romanin e parë “Vajzat me çelës në qafë” në Tiranë, i cili u nderua në vitin 2011 në Tiranë me çmimin e librit të vitit nga Akademia “Kult”.  Lindita Arapi punon si redaktore në Deutsche Welle, Gjermani dhe jeton në Bonn, Gjermani. Prej vitesh merr pjesë në prezantime letrare, konferenca e forume diskutimi për Shqipërinë e Ballkanin në Gjermani dhe Austri.

Kujtim Pacaku

Kujtim Pacaku, ka lindur ne Prizren, Kosove ku kreu shkollen fillore dhe ate te mesmen te muzikes. Qe nga rinia ai filloje te shkruaj poezi ne gjuhen rome si dhe te merej me muzike klasike dhe popullore. Ishte anetar i te te gjithe shoqerive kulturore artisike si dhe asaj rome. Poashtu edhe si pjesemares ne festivale te ndryshme muzikore si kengetar dhe instrumentaliste. Eshte nder gaztaret e pare rome ne Europe dhe kete pune e punon  qe nga viti 1986. Gjate studimeve ne Prishtine, paraqitet si kompozitor ne festivalet  “ Akordet e Kosoves”, kengetar ne korin Collegium Catnorum, anetar ne shoqerin muzikore artistike te Universitetit ne Prishtine. Kujtimi, eshte kryetar i OJQ “Rromani Baxt”, qe nga 2006, ka realizuar shume projekte edukativo-arsimore, humanitare etj.  Ka diplomuar ne Akademine Mobile, per regji thaj aktrim. Tani eshte ne master studime ne vitin perfundimtar te II.te ne grupin pedagogjiko-artistike ne Prishtine. Ka Oktetin qe kendojne keng te vjetra qyteare rome. Qe 2009 Kujtimi eshte nenekryetar i Keshillit Konsultativ per Komunitete prane zyres  se Presidentit te Kosoves.

Kruno Lokotar

Kruno Lokotar (Daruvar, 1967) ka diplomuar në letërsi krahasimtare, histori dhe studime biblotekare në Universitetin e Zagrebit. Shkrimet e tij kritike dhe esetë kulturologjike janë paraqitur në media të ndryshme. Ai ka qenë redaktor i Godine si dhe i revistës për kulturë Godine nove. Në Bibliotekën Publike Ivan Goran Kovačić ai ka qenë nikoqir i programit literatalk-shoë të quajtur K Lokotaru. Ai ka qenë njëri prej përzgjedhësve dhe i vetmi nikoqir për FAK (Festival A Književnosti, Festivali A i Letërsisë). Që nga 1 prilli i vitit 2002 ai punon si kryeredaktor i Shtëpisë Botuese AGM Publishing House. Në vitin 2004 ai ka fituar Medaljen e Artë të Asociacionit të Ilustratorëve për punën e tij si drejtor artistik në kopertinën e Mirko Ilić për romanin Uho, grlo nož  të Vedrana Rudan. Lokator ka qenë redaktor i seksionit të titulluar Marginekologija në revistën Vijenac që nga viti 2000, si dhe ka qenë organizator dhe anëtar jurie për dy konkurse të letërsisë të Vijenac: Na vrh jezika (poezi) dhe Prozac (prozë). Që nga Prilli i vitit 2007 ai punon si redaktor i letërsisë së papërkthyer dhe jo-fiksionpër Shtëpinë Botuese Algoritam.

Ivana Simić Bodrožić

Ivana Simić Bodrožić ka mbaruar studimet në Gjuhë, Letërsi dhe Filozofi Kroate në Fakultetin e Filozofisë në Zagreb. Në vitin 2005 ajo ka publikuar përmbledhjen e parë me poezi Prvi korak u tamu (Hapi i përë në errësirë) si pjesë e Çmimit Goran për poetë të rinj. Poezitë e saj janë përfshirë në një numër gazetash kroate e ndërkombëtare si dhe antologji të poezisë bashkëkohore kroate dhe në antologjinë gjermane Konzert für das Eis (Ëunderhorn Verlag, 2009). Ky libër me poezi poashtu është përkthyer në spanjisht dhe është botuar në vitin 2011 nga shtëpia botuese Baile del Sol. Romani i saj i parë Hotel Zagorje u botua në vitin 2010 (botuesi: Profil multimedija) duke marrë lëvdata të mëdha nga kritikët si dhe nga publiku. Ky roman u përkthye në gjermanisht dhe u botua në vitin 2012 nga Hanser Verlag, i cili ka blerë të drejtat e romanit dhe promovimin ndërkombëtar; këtë vit romani do të publikohet në Francë nga Acte Sud, në Çeki dhe Maqedoni. Në vitin 2011 Hotel Zagorje u botua në Serbi, Slloveni. Si bashkëskenariste, Ivana Simić Bodrožić aktualisht punon në adaptimin e romanit me regjisoren e njohur boshnjake, Jasmila Žbanić.

Idro Seferi

Idro Seferi, i lindur me 21.10.1984, në Pejë . Ka punuar si gazetar në të përditshmen e Prishtinës “Zëri”, Pastaj “Express”,  “Radion Evropa  e Lirë”. Ndërkaq që nga viti 2007 vazhdon të punoj për televizionin Top Channel dhe më vonë edhe të përditshmen “Koha Ditore” të Kosovës dhe “Radio Dukagjinin”.

Halil Matoshi

I lindur më 24 tetor 1961 në Kamenicë/Kosovë. I shkolluar në Kamenicë dhe Prishtinë, (të mesmen në gazetari) dhe i diplomuar në Filozofi-Sociologji, në Universitetin e Prishtinës. Gazetar me profesion. Ka shkruar tek gazeta e studentëve “Bota e re” (1984-1986), “Zëri i rinisë”, gazetar dhe pastaj redaktor e kryeredaktor, kur kjo e përjavshme ndërroi emër në “Zëri” deri më 2004. Kryeredaktor i revistës për kulturë dhe art “Sheshi” (1997-2004), redaktor dhe kryeredaktor në të përditshmen “Lajm” (2004-2006); redaktor e kolumnist në Gazetën Express (2006-2009) dhe aktualisht redaktor e kolumnist në Koha Ditore. Matoshi është shkrimtar, eseist dhe poet. Matoshi është arrestuar më 21 maj 1999 në shtëpinë e tij gjatë bombardimeve të NATO-s mbi trupat serbe të sigurisë dhe është akuzuar për terrorizëm nga neni 121 i kodit penal të Serbisë. Është liruar pas rreth një viti me ndërhyrjen e Kryqit të Kuq Ndërkombëtar.

Dragana Mladenović

Dragana Mladenović (Frankenberg, 30. jun 1977). Ka diplomuar në Fakultetin Filologjik në Beograd, në Katedrën e Gjuhës dhe Letërsisë Serbe, dhe në të njëjtin fakultet ka magjistruar në grupin „Shkenca mbi letërsinë”, me punimin  „Poezia e Vojislav Despotovit”.Jeton në Pančevo dhe punon si gazetare në të përjavshmen „Pančevac”. Shkruan poeziqë nga viti 2002.  Përmbledhja e poezive „Rodbina” u përkthye edhe në gjermanisht. Veprat e saj janë botuar në një numër antologjish, gazetash letrare dhe strip botime. Ajo është edhe fituese e dy çmimeve për poezi dhe e një çmimi për tregime.

Doruntina Basha

Doruntina Basha është dramaturge dhe skenariste nga Prishtinë. Drama e saj e fundit ‘Gishti’ (2011) u shpërblye me çmimin ‘drama më e mirë’ në konkursin rajonal për dramën bashkëkohore të angazhuar më të mirë, të organizuar nga Fondi Heartefact (Beograd) dhe Qendra Multimedia (Prishtinë). Ajo ka shkruar edhe drama për fëmijë dhe të rinj. Dramat e saj janë inskenuar në Prishtinë dhe Shkup, janë botuar në Kosovë dhe Francë, në shqip, serbisht, anglisht dhe serbisht. Ajo ka punuar në televizion dhe në festivale teatrosh dhe filmi në Kosovë.

Blerina Rogova Gaxha

Blerina Rogova Gaxha, e lindur në Gjakovë më 22 shtator 1982. Ka ndjekur studimet themelore katërvjeçare në Degën e Letërsisë Shqipe, të Fakultetit Filologjik të Prishtinës, dhe studimet postdiplomike – Master, në fushën e formave dhe teorive letrare moderne. Më 10 tetor 2008 ka mbrojtur temën e Masterit “Format e prozës së Ismail Kadaresë”. Gjatë kësaj kohe në vazhdimësi ka bashkëpunuar me shtypin vendor, me gazetën Koha ditore dhe me revistën letrare Verbi, në të cilat ka botuar tekste që trajtojnë tema të kulturës, respektivisht tekste analitike dhe studime letrare. Nga viti 2009 deri në vitin 2011, ka punuar si gazetare në Radio BBC, sesioni në gjuhën shqipe. Nga viti 2009 ka shkruar kolumne dhe reportazhe për gazetën ditore Zëri. Në këtë medium tani është Redaktore për kulturë. Në vitin 2009 ka botuar një libër me poezi që titullohet “Gorgonë”, në shtëpinë botuese Rozafa. Ky libër ka fituar edhe çmimin letrar “Mitingu i Poezisë”, si libri më i mirë për vitin 2010. Pjesë të tij janë botuar në gjuhën gjermane ( Lichtungen) dhe në atë boshnjake (Sarajevske sveske). Tani është në përfundim të librit të dytë me poezi, disa prej poezive të kësaj vepre, janë përkthyer tashmë në gjuhën gjermane dhe do të botohen së shpejti. Ka bashkëpunuar po ashtu me disa revista letrare nga Gjermania dhe Austria, Lichtungen dhe Wespennest. Në kuadër të këtij bashkëpunimi, si poete dhe si publiciste, është ftuar dhe ka marr pjesë në festivale të letërsisë dhe në panairin e librit në Leipzig të Gjermanisë. Tani është edhe anëtare e PEN Qendrës së Kosovës.

Alida Bremer

Alida Bremer, u lind në vitin 1959 në Split/Kroaci. Ajo jeton në Münster/Gjermani me bashkëshortin dhe dy fëmijët. Alida Bremer ka studiuar Letërsi Krahasimtare, studime të Romantizmit, studime Sllavistike dhe Gjuhë dhe Letërsi gjermane në Beograd/Serbi, Romë/Itali, Saarbrücken/Gjermani dhe Münster/Gjermani. Pas mbarimit të doktoraturës ajo ka punuar për disa vite si si Asistente Profesoreshë në universitetet në Münster dhe Gießen. Që nga viti 2007 ajo punon si përkthyese dhe autore e pavarur. Ajo ka përkthyer një numër veprash nga kroatishtja, serbishtja e boshnjakishtja në gjermanisht (poezi, romane, tregime të shkurta, drama, ese). Bashkë me autorin hungarez György Dalos ajo ka qenë kuratore e programit e Kroacisë si Mysafire Nderi në Panairin e Librit në Leipzig në vitin 2008. Gjatë 2008-2009 ajo ka fituar grantin Grenzgänger të Fondacionit Robert Bosch. Në shtator 2009 ka marrë grant për rezidencë në qytetin Graz/Austri. Që ga viti 2008 ajo punon si e punësuar e pavarur në Fondacionin S. Fischer, si menaxhere projekti e rrjetit ndërkombëtar TRADUKI. Ajo është anëtare e PEN Qendrës së Kroacisë.

Arben Idrizi

Arben Idrizi u lind më 11.11.1974, në Vushtrri, Kosovë. Ka botuar më 2003 përmbledhjen poetike ‘Heqakeq’ pranë shtëpisë botuese MM. Ndërsa në vitin 2010 ka botuar përmbledhjen ‘Libri i të qenit’. Në të njëjtën kohë ka botuar edhe përmbledhjen me poezitë e përkthyera të Valerio Magrellit, me titull ‘Hiçi që është nën’. Të dy vëllimet janë botuar nga shtëpia botuese MM. Ka punuar rreth pesë vite në revistën javore ‘Zëri’, ndërsa që nga viti 2005 punon në të përditshmen Express. Është bashkëpunëtor i revistës letrare MM. Përkthen nga italishtja, kryesisht poetët si S. Quasimodo, E. Montale, Cesare Pavese, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mario Luzi, Alda Merini, F. Santi, poezitë e të cilëve i ka botuar nëpër revista të ndryshme letrare në Kosovë dhe Shqipëri. 

Agron Tufa

Agron Tufa u lind në Dibër me 1 prill 1967. Poet, prozator, përkthyes dhe studiues i letërsisë. Ka studiuar në Universitetin shtetëror të Tiranës për Gjuhë dhe Letërsi, mandej i thelloi studimet në Institutin “Gorki” dhe studimet posuniversitare – në Institutin e Kulturave Europiane në Moskë ku ka mbrojtur titullin “Master” për filozofi arti me tezën “Mistika e origjinalit”. Është professor i letërsisë së huaj të shekullit XX në Fakultetin filologjik të Universitetit të Tiranës, doktor i shkencave filologjike. 

Roman Ehrlich

Roman Ehrlich u lind në vitin 1983 në Aichach. Ka studiuar Letërsi Bashkëkohore Gjermane në Institutin e Letërsisë Gjermane në Leipzig dhe në Freie Universität Berlin. Ai ishte redaktor i antologjive Edition NBL dhe Tippgemeinschaft. Drama e tij Klappenstück u inskenua në teatro të ndryshme në vitin 2010. Ai ka botuar disa copëza të shkurta proze dhe tani punon në një roman për të cilin ka fituar bursë nga Kulturstiftung Sachsen. Mekanizmat e kujtesës dhe të identitetit, përdorimi i imazheve grafike, dizajnit dhe arkitekturës për të shpërfaqur ide dhe ideologji në shoqëri, qytete dhe kombe janë temë e vazhdueshme në veprat e tij.

Jeton Neziraj

Jeton Neziraj (1977), dramaturg, aktualisht është drejtor i Qendrës Multimedia në Prishtinë. Ka shkruar 15 drama të cilat janë vënë në skenë dhe janë prezentuar në Kosovë dhe jashtë sajë, në Evropë e në Amerikë, e poashtu janë përkthyer dhe botuar edhe në gjuhë të tjera, si në: anglisht, frengjisht, maqedonisht, sllovenisht, kroatisht, rumanisht, boshnjakisht, gjermanisht, spanjisht, serbisht etj. Drama e tij “Liza po fle” ka fituar vendin e parë në konkursin kombëtar për dramë të organizuar nga Shtëpia Botuese “Buzuku”. Filmi artistik me metrazh të gjatë “Gomarët e kufirit”, me skenar të tij ka pasur premierën në fillim të vitit 2010. Neziraj është poashtu autor edhe i dhjetra shkrimeve e analizave mbi fenomene të ndryshme kulturore, të cilat janë botuar në revistat dhe magazinat lokale e ndërkombëtare. Tregimet e tija të shkurtra janë botuar në revistat lokale në Kosovë dhe Shqipëri. Ai poashtu është autor i disa librave monografik, përfshi edhe asaj për aktorin e famshëm kosovar Faruk Begollin. Dramat e tij janë prezentuar në festivale të rëndësishme teatri ne Evropë.

Nenad Joldeski

Nenad Joldeski u lind në Strugë, Maqedoni, në vitin 1986. Ai studion Letërsi të përgjithshme dhe krahasuese në universitetin shtetëror “Blaze Koneski” në Maqeodni. Joldeski është autor i librit të shpërblyer „Штамта на Енхалон” (Heshtja e Enhalonit) – përmbledhje tregimesh të shkurta të shkruara në dialekt dhe zhargon, 2009. Libri i tij i dytë titullohet „Секој со своето езеро“ (Secili me liqenin e tij), 2012. Ai është njëri prej themeluesve të “Group Wezdensky” – grup i hapur artistik I cili prodhoi disa shfaqje teatrore: Einstein Dreams nga Allen Lightman, Insomnia nga Dimitrie Duracovski dhe The Old Ëoman nga Danil Harms. Tregimet dhe poezitë e tij botohen në disa antologji, gazeta dhe blogë.

Authors 2010

Luise Boege (D), Jan Böttcher (D), Mirko Božić (BiH), Ana Brnardić (HR), Erëmira Çitaku (KS), Ilir Ferra (AL/A), Mara Genschel (D), Trina Gojani (KS), Sibylla Hausmann (D), Ballsor Hoxha (KS), Arben Idrizi (KS), Saša Ilić (SRB), Nikola Madžirov (MK), Tomislav Marković (SRB), Genc Salihu (KS), Shpëtim Selmani (KS), Nora Prekazi (KS), Agron Tufa (AL), Miloš Živanović (SRB).

Luise Boege

Luise Boege was born 1985 in Würzburg. From 2004 to 2009 she studied creative writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. Today she lives and writes in Berlin. She writes mainly novels and lyric poetry and experimented as well with audio drama and poetry film. In 2005 she was the winner of the Leipziger Hörspielsommer with an audio drama and in 2006 of the open mike, a newcomer short story competition.

Jan Böttcher

Jan Böttcher was born in Lüneburg in 1973 and lives in Berlin as a freelance author and singer/songwriter. He studied German and Scandinavian literature in Berlin and Stockholm. He was the frontman of the band Herr Nilsson. These days Böttcher released his first solo album named Vom anderen Ende des Flures. He is the co-founder of the music and event label KOOKberlin. His literary debut, the novella Lina oder: Das kalte Moor (2003) was followed by two novels: Geld oder Leben (2006) and Nachglühen (2008). For an excerpt of this latest novel Böttcher was not only honoured with the scholarship by Deutscher Literaturfonds, but also won the Ernst-Willner-Price at the German Literature Days 2007 in Klagenfurt/ Austria.
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Mirko S. Božić

Mirko S. Božić was born in Mostar in 1982, where he graduated at the University Mostar in English and Croatian in 2008. His works have been translated into Polish, German, English and Slovenian. He was awarded with the Šimić prize for young poets in 2000 and with the Opomena magazine award for the best short story in 2003. Mirko Božić published two books of poetry: Jedrim kroz buru (Sailing through the storm, 2001) and Bijele noci (White nights, 2004). His work has been included into several anthologies: Hercegovina (2002), Erato (2004) and Van Kutije (Outside the Box, 2009). Furthermore his texts were published in different magazines He is the founder of the United Literary Front, a network for young authors.

Ana Brnardić

Ana Brnardić was born in Zagreb in 1980. She graduated in Comparative Literature and Croatian Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb. She is currently studying violin at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Ana Brnardić has published three books of poetry that received several prestigious Croatian awards for poetry: Pisaljka nekog mudraca (The Pen of a Sage, 1998), Valcer zmija (The Snake Waltz, 2005) and Postanak ptica (The Creation of Birds, 2009). A collection of poems from all three books was translated into Romanian and published under the title Hotel cu muzicieni (2009). She is working as an editor in a publishing house in Zagreb.
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Erëmira Çitaku

Erëmira Çitaku is a classical flutist, improviser, poet, conceptualizer & organizer of events, always open for new ideas, experiments and collaborations with artists from all art genres. She works in the Faculty of Arts – Music department at the University of Prishtina and follows her doctoral studies in NBU in Sofia. Erëmira also leads the organization New Spirit

Ilir Ferra

Ilir Ferra was born in 1974 in Durrës, Albania. He is a writer, translator and interpreter. He lives and works in Vienna since 1991 and studied Translation Studies in the University of Vienna. In 2008 he won the prize Schreiben zwischen den Kulturen (Writing between cultures). Publications: His story Halber Atem (Half a breath) was published 2008 in Edition Exil and one fragment in Literatur und Kritik. His poetry volume Übersetzte Nachrichten (Translated news, 2008) was published in Edition Exil. In October 2010 his novel Rauchschatten (Smoke shadows) will be published in Edition Atelier.

Mara Genschel

Mara Genschel, was born 1982 in Bonn. After her studies in Musicology in Köln and in School Music at the College for Music Detmold, she studied until 2008 at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. Besides working on poetry and short prose forms, she was editorially active in the field of radio plays and developed several of her own plays and text films. Her poetry has been set to music on several occasions. She works with musicians, composers and visual artists in Germany and abroad. Publications: Tonbrand Schlaf ( 2008), Vom Nachtalpenweg in collaboration with Valery Scherstjanoi (Book with CD, 2009).
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Trina Gojani

Trina Gojani was born in 1980 in Gjakova. She writes poetry and does literary translations. She has studied History at the University of Prishtina. Her poetry and translations were published in the magazines: Ars, MM, Jeta e Re, Mehr Licht, Gazeta Albania, Koha Ditore (cultural section).

Sibylla Hausmann

Sibylla Hausmann was born in 1979 in Wolfburg. She studied German literature, philosophy and linguistics in Berlin and Münster and received her master’s degree in 2006. Currently she works as a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation at the Mostar Youth Theatre, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sibylla Hausmann published poems among others in Dulzinea. Zeitschrift für Lyrik und Bild and in the internet (

Ballsor Hoxha

Ballsor Hoxha, was born in July 1975. He has studied English Language and Literature at the University of Prishtina. Since the end of the war in Kosovo, he works in various international organizations that are operating in Kosovo. His poems and other artistic creations has been published in various literary magazines. His first summary with poetry will be published in Kosovo soon.

Arben Idrizi

Arben Idrizi was born in 1974 in Prishtina. He is a poet and a translator. For the moment he works as the Culture Editor of the daily Newspaper Express.Publications: in 2003 the poetry collection Heqakeq (published by MM) and in 2009 the other poetry collection Libri i të qenit (published by MM) were published. His translations are published in the volume Valerio Magrelli: Hiçi që është nën (Valerio Magrelli: the nothing that is under; published by MM, Prishtina 2009).
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Saša Ilić

Saša Ilić was born in 1972 in Jagodina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He has published as a co-author the project Odisej (1998, together with D. Bošković), the stories Predosećanje građanskog rata (The prevision of the civil war, 2000) and the novel Berlinsko okno (Berlin Window, 2005/2006). Saša Ilić has prepared Pseći vek (The century of the dog, 2000), a collection of narrators born after 1970. He is one of the founders and editors of the annex Beton ( With the editorial board of the annex (Beton) he has prepared two books with essays and satirical articles: Srbija kao sprava (Serbia as a device, 2007) and Antimemorandum-dum (2009). This autumn his new novel Pad Kolumbije (The Fall of Colombia) will be published.

Nikola Madžirov

Nikola Madžirov (poet, essayist, translator) was born in 1973 in Strumica. His poetry has been translated into thirty languages and published in several magazines and anthologies. For the poetry book Premesten kamen (Relocated Stone, 2007) he received the European Literary Award Hubert Burda and the Macedonian poetry award Braca Miladinovi. The book Zakluceni vo gradot (Locked in the City,1999) won the Studentski zbor prize for the best debutant book and the book Nekade nikade (Somewhere Nowhere, 1999) was honoured with the Aco Karamanov prize. Nikola Madžirov performed at numerous literary festivals and received several awards and scholarships among others: International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa, Literarisches Tandem in Berlin, KulturKontakt in Vienna.
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Tomislav Marković

Tomislav Marković, was born in 1976. He is a poet, satirist, journalist and anti-fascist. He lives in Belgrade. In collaboration with the editor board of Beton, he has edited the books Srbija kao sprava (Serbia as a device, 2007) and Antimemorandum-dum (V.B.Z., 2009). He has published two books with poetry, two with aphorisms and a book with satirical texts Vreme smrti i razonode (Time of death and joy, V.B.Z., 2009). He is on of the editors of the cultural propaganda set Beton and the deputy of Petar Likovic in the portal

Nora Prekazi

Nora Prekazi was born in1986 in Mitrovica. She studied Enthnology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Prishtina. She took part in many trainings like The Colony of Artists in Boletin. She presented her poems at a poetry night in Tetris, Prishtina, in June 2010.

Genc Salihu

Genc Salihu was born in 1981. He was a student at the Prenkë Jakova Music High School, while he also studied Audio Production at SAE in London. He started making and dealing with music at a young age. In 2004 he published the music album Cute Babulja. Genc writes poetry in Albanian and English.

Shpëtim Selmani

Shpëtim Selmani was born in 1986 in Prishtina. He studies Sociology at the University of Prishtina and he is doing his Master studies for acting at the Academy of Arts at the University of Prishtina. He is one of the co-founders of the modern theater Po-Po in Ferizaj. His book with poetry Brenda Guaces (Inside the Shell) was published in 2006. Agron Tufa
Agron Tufa was born in 1967 in Dibra. He is a poet, prose writer, translator and scholar of literature. He studied Albanian language and literature at the University of Tirana, then he continued his studies in Moscow. He is a professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Tirana. Agron Tufa is the winner of the national literature award Penda e Argjendtë 2004, while in 2009 he won the Çmimin e Madh (Grand Prize) for his whole literary work. He published volumes of poetry: Aty tek portat Skee (1996), Rrethinat e Atlantidës (2002), Avangardë engjëjsh (2005), Fryma mbi ujëra (2007); a volume with selected essays: Janusi qindfytyrësh (2004); novels: Dueli (1998), Fabula rasa (2005), Mërkuna e zezë (2005), Tenxherja; a volume with short prose: Thembra e Akcili.

Miloš Živanović

Miloš Živanović (1976, Belgrad) – poet, journalist and one of the four editors of the cultural propaganda set Beton. He has published two collections with poems: Ignore The Nightmare In The Bathroom, Lirika pasa (Dogs lyriks, 2009) and the collection with storys Kubernetes – priče o pilotu (Kubernets – stories about the pilot). He is the text book editor of Beton: Srbija kao sprava (Serbia as a device) and Antimemorandum-dum, For this work the editorial board of Beton was awarded by NUNS (Association of Independent Journalists of Serbia) with the Dušan Bogovac prize for ethics and courage in journalism (2007). . He is the editor of the publishing house Alogaritam in Belgrad.