Franco Juri is the director of the maritime museum “Sergej Mašera”, former member of the Slovenian parliament, a diplomat who served in Spain and Cuba, a professor, writer, journalist, cartoonist, musician, Istrian, and a member of the Italian speaking community in Slovenia. In 2008, the Italian publishing house Infinito edizioni published his book Ritorno a Las Hurdes (Returning to Las Hurdes), written in his mother tongue. It is a novel, an essay, and at the same time (and only in part) an account of a generation that can only believe in a multicultural Europe as well as in other utopias.
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Bistra Kumbaroskawas born in 1984 in Struga, Macedonia. She graduated in English Language and Literature from the Blaže Koneski Faculty of Philology in Skopje. In 2011, her collection of poetry Ти не сакаш поезија (You Don’t Like Poetry) was published. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and on literary portals in Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. Currently she is engaged in youth initiatives, social entrepreneurship, and culture in Slovenia and Austria, and is working on her first collection of poetry in the English language. She has been living in Slovenia since 2010.
Josip Osti, BiH
Josip Osti was born in 1945 in Sarajevo, where he graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Sarajevo, and has been living in Slovenia since 1990 in Tomaj in the Karst region. He is a poet, prosaist, essay writer, literary critic, anthologist, and translator. He has published 33 collections of poetry – the last 22 in Slovenian, 3 books of prose and 27 essay collections, as well as literary criticism and articles. His works have been translated into ten European languages. He has won several literary and translation awards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslavia, and Slovenia; in 1994 he was awarded the Vilenica Literary Prize.
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Tone Peršak was born in 1947 in the hamlet Ločki vrh in Slovenske Gorice, Slovenia. He has written collections of short prose, novels, theatre plays, radio plays, and TV plays. He is also well known as an essayist, and he won the Sodobnost Essay Contest Prize in 2012. He has published two books as a theatre publicist, for which he was honoured with the Slovenian “Borštnikovo srečanje” National Theatre Festival Award in 1989. He is a former president of the Slovene Writers’ Association and was also head of the Slovenian PEN Centre. He currently serves as the chair of the international PEN Writers for Peace Committee.
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Stanislava Repar was born in 1960 in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is a Slovak-Slovenian poet, writer, translator, literary critic, researcher, editor and publisher. She is the author of 12 collections of poetry, prose, essays and academic papers. She has translated 16 books, most recently, selected poems by Srečko Kosovel and short anthologies of contemporary philosophical thought in Slovenia into Slovak. She is a member and co-founder of a number of influential literary and scientific societies and the recipient of two important Slovakian awards for literature and literary criticism. Her works have been translated into 16 languages.
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Jordan Stavrov was born in 1936 in Borovo (Barje) near Dimitrovgrad, Serbia. Inspired by countless poems of Serbian, Bulgarian and Russian poets, he started writing poetry in Bulgarian and Serbian when still in high school. He was planning to study literature; poverty, however, forced him to take a different path – he entered the military academy, and successfully finished his studies. Eventually, fateful life changes led him back to literature, to prose writing. He has written four novels and a collection of short prose works. He is retired now and lives in Spodnja Besnica near Kranj, Slovenia.
Magdalena Svetina Terčon
Magdalena Svetina Terčon was born in 1968 in Postojna. She writes poems, short stories and newspaper articles. Her writing has been published in most Slovenian literary magazines and broadcast on radio. She has published five poetry collections. The billingual collection Odtenki v medprostoru / Sfumature nello spazio intermedio (Shades in Interspace, 2007), with translations into Italian by Jolka Milič, received the Prem literary award. Her poems are included in many literary journals and translated into other languages. She was also included in theSlovenian Anthology of Women Poets 3.
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Veno Taufer was born in 1933 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.He is a poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic, editor and translator. His decades-long career was dedicated in great part to radio journalism.In 1985, he gave the initiative for the establishment of a commission for the protection of freedom of thought and writing which turned into a noted civil society incentive to express public opinion for the “Slovenian Spring movement”. In 1985, he turned the idea of a Vilenica since 1998. His work has been awarded numerous awards at home and abroad, and they have been translated into English, Dutch, Macedonian, Serbian, and other languages as well.