Marica Bodrožić, Germany, Croatia
Marica Bodrožić was born in 1973 in Svib, Coratia. She has been living in Germany since 1983. She writes poetry, novels, short stories and essays. She has received numerous awards and scholarships for her literary work, including the Literature Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts for young writers, as well as the “Kulturpreis Deutsche Sprache” award for her innovative use of literary language. Her works have been translated into English, Croatian, French and Italian. Marica Bodrožić lives in Berlin, where she works as a freelance writer.
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Liliana Corobca, Moldova
Liliana Corobca was born in 1975 in Săseni-Călăraşi in Moldova. She is a writer and researcher. Her novel Negrissimo (2003), won the Moldovan award for best new debut novel of the year as well as the Romanian “Prometheus Critics Award” for the best book debut. She has written and edited academic volumes and papers on the Romanian interwar novel,the anticommunist Romanian exile, and on communist censorship. Her most recent literary project, a poetic monologue titled Cenzura pentru începători (Censorship for Beginners), is to be issued soon in the Austrian Edition Thanhäuser in both Romanian and German.
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Artem Chapeye, Ukraine
Artem Chapeye was born in 1981 in Kolomna in Eastern Ukraine. His award-winning work, the Steinbeck-inspired travelogue Подорож із Мамайотою в пошуках України (Travels With Mamayota: In Search of Ukraine, 2011), is based on interviews with people all over his native country during a two-month motorcycle trip. In 2014, Chapeye debuted as a fiction novelist with Червона зона (Red Zone), a social blockbuster set in a near future. In 2013 he received the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence.
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Patrick deWitt, USA, Canada
Patrick deWitt was born in 1975 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. His book The Sisters Brothers (2011) was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the 2011 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize as well as the 2011 Canadian national Governor General’s Award for English language fiction. The novel The Sisters Brothers also won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Award.He currently lives in Portland, Oregon (USA).
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Ivana Dobrakovová, Slovakia, Italy
Ivana Dobrakovová was born in 1982 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her debut book, the collection of short stories Prvá smrť v rodine (The First Death in the Family,2009), was awarded the 2010 “Ján Johanides” Award for writers under the age of thirty. Her first novel, Bellevue, was published in 2010. Each of these books was shortlisted for the main Slovak award for literature – “Anasoft Litera”. Ivana Dobrakovová lives in Turin, Italy, where she works as a freelance translator.
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Alexandra Fixmer, Luxembourg
Alexandra Fixmerwas born in 1976 in Luxembourg.For two years she worked at the Centre de psychologie et d’orientation scolaires, and was later head of the Éditions Phi publishing house. At present, she teaches French. Her works have been published in several magazines and anthologies. In 2006 and 2007, she published two books of poetry which were designed by the painter Anne Slacik, Mon bleu/L’enfant chauve (My Blue/The Bald Child), andAuschwitz n’est pas mort (Auschwitz is not Dead). Her first prose work, entitled la reine du lampertsbierg (The Queen of Lampertsbierg), was published in 2012.
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Enes Halilović was born in 1977 in Novi Pazar in Serbia. He is a poet, prose writer, playwright and journalist. A recipient of the “Branko Miljković” and “Đuro Jakšić” awards for literature, he has also been honoured with the “Golden Badge” of the Serbian Culture and Education Society. His poetry, short stories and plays have been published in various volumes and anthologies and translated into numerous foreign languages.
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Ludwig Hartinger, Austria, Slovenia
Ludwig Hartinger was born in 1952 in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer in Austria. The poet, translator from Slovenian and French, writer, editor, and publisher has been bringing the Slovenian literature closer to the German speaking reader for more than two decades. The sedulous “word smuggler” publishes his essays and translations in German and his poetry in Slovenian. He divides his time between Salzburg and Ljubljana, and also thoroughly enjoys hiking through the Karst region of Slovenia.
Guy Helminger, Luxembourg, Germany
Guy Helminger was born in 1963 in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg, and has been living in Köln, Germany since 1985. He writes lyric poetry, prose, and also for the theatre, and the radio.As a guest writer he lived in Hyderabad (India) for some time, in the framework of the project „westöstlicherdiwan” in Teheran, as well as in Saana in Jemen. He has received numerous awards, among them the Servais Prize for his book Rost(Rust) in 2002, the 3sat-Preis award in 2004, and in 2006, he was honoured by his birth town with the Prix du mérite culturel de la ville d’Esch award.
Nico Helminger, Luxembourg
Nico Helminger was born in 1953 in Differdingen, Luxembourg.He worked as a teacher until 1999, later as a freelance writer in Paris, and currently he lives in Luxembourg again. He writes in Luxembourgish and German. In 2008, he received the prominent Luxembourg Batty Weber Prize for his entire opus. He has written numerous plays, and writes poetry and prose as well. His most recent works include the novel entitled Lëtzebuerger Léiwen (Luxembourgian Lions,2013), and the collection of poetry entitled Abrasch (2013).
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Elsa Korneti, Greece, Germany
Elsa Korneti was born in 1969 in Munich, Germany, and raised in Greece. She is a poet, essayist and translator into Greek from Italian, Spanish, German, and English. She has published seven books of poetry and essays altogether. She was awarded the “Ta Nea” Prize for the best Greek short story of the year and the Greek national prize for an unpublished book of poetry (the Georgios Karter Award) titled Κανονικοί άνθρωποι με λοφίο και μια παρδαλή ουρά (Normal People with a Plume and a Brindled Tail). Her poetry and short stories have been translated into several languages.
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Asko Künnap, Estonia
AskoKünnap was born in 1971 in Tartu, Estonia. He refers to himself as aliving synthesisbetween awriter,artistand an adman.In additionherunsamicro publishinghouse,designscoversforbooks and inventsboardgames. For his firstbookofpoetry, Ja sisalikud vastasid (AndtheLizardsReplied), which isin theformof a typographichandbook, he received theNational Estonianliteratureawardin 2003.His poems have been translated into 12 European languages and published in poetry anthologies across the UK and the USA.
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János Lackfi, Hungary
János Lackfi was born in 1971 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a writer, poet and literary translator whohas authored eight volumes of poetry, two novellas, a novel, a collection of short stories, three volumes of essays, and who has translated over twenty books. He has also published fifteen books for children, two of which received the Hungarian Children’s Book of the Year award. In 2013, he was awarded the “Prima Primissima” prize in recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of Hungary. His poetry has also won him the Tibor Déry, Gyula Illyés and Attila József prizes.
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