Aksinija Mihajlova, Bulgaria
Aksinia Mihaylova was born in 1963 in Rakevo, Bulgaria. She is one of the central Bulgarian poets, as well as a translator and editor. She has published six collections of poetry in Bulgarian, most recent being Смяна на огледалата (Changing Mirrors), for which she received the Ivan Nikolov Prize for the Best Bulgarian Poetry Collection in 2015. She also published a collection of poetry in French titled Ciel à perdre (A Sky to Lose, 2014), for which she received the prestigious French poetry prize Prix Guillaume Apollinaire, an award rarely bestowed on foreign poets.
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Ülar Ploom, Estonia
Ülar Ploom was born in 1955 in Tartu, Estonia. He is a poet, writer of short prose, translator from the Italian and literary scholar focusing on Italian literature. His main field of research covers the works of Dante Alighieri. He is the author of three collections of poetry. His debut collection, Üks ja kogu (One and All, 2002), was honoured with the Betti Alver Prize for best debut book of the year and with the Juhan Liiv Poetry Award for an outstanding poem in the Estonian language (2005). Ploom’s poems have been featured in various English and Italian language anthologies.
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Gábor Schein, Hungary
Gábor Schein was born in 1969 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated in Hungarian and German Literature and works as an associate professor for Hungarian literature at the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest. He writes poetry and novels, and has also published the epic poem Bolondok tornya (Tower of lunatics, 2008) and the short story collection Megölni, akit szeretünk (To Kill the One We Love, 2011). He has received many awards for his work, among them the Attila József Prize and the Milan Füst Literary Award.
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Robert Schindel, Austria
Robert Schindel was born in 1944 in Bad Hall, Austria as Robert Soël, the son of Jewish parents who were captured and interred in a concentration camp. He studied Philosophy and was one of the initiators of the Viennese student movement. Schindel, who is considered one of the classic contemporary Austrian authors, writes poetry, prose and essays. He frequently writes about the Shoah. He has received many awards for his work (among them, the Heinrich Mann Prize) and co-founded the literary festival Literatur im Nebel, which hosts world famous authors every year.
Korana Serdarević, Croatia
Korana Serdarević was born in 1982 in Zadar, Croatia. She graduated in Croatian and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. She worked as a journalist for the culture sections of the newspapers Večernji list and Forum. Since 2013 she has worked as a university preparatory school teacher and also translates from the English. She is the author of two prize-winning short stories, Kravosas (Four-Lined Snake) and Ptice (Birds). Her debut collection of short stories Nema se što učiniti (Nothing Can Be Done) was published in 2015.
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Mariusz Sieniewicz, Poljska
Mariusz Sieniewicz was born in 1972 in Olsztyn, Poland, and is considered one of the most intriguing contemporary Polish writers. He has authored several novels: Prababka (Great Grandmother, 1999), Rebelia (Rebellion, 2007), Walizki hipochondryka (Suitcases of a Hypochondriac, 2014), and the collection of short stories Żydówek nie obsługujemy (No Service for Jewish Women, 2005). Four of his novels were brought to life on stage. He was appointed expert consultant at the Polish National Institute of Cinematic Arts between 2011 and 2015.
Bogdan Suceavă, Romania / USA
Bogdan Suceava was born in 1969 in Curtea de Argeș, Romania. He lives in the United States, where he works as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton. Suceavă, who writes in Romanian, is the author of several collections of short stories, essays and novels. He won many awards for his work, including the Bucarest Writers’ Association Fiction Award for the book Miruna, o poveste (Miruna, a Tale), published by Modrijan publishing house in Slovenian.
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Kateřina Tučková, Czech Republic
Kateřina Tučková was born in 1980 in Brno, Czech Republic. She obtained a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Art History at Charles University in Prague. She is the author of four novels. She gained recognition with her second novel, Vyhnání Gerty Schnirch (The Expulsion of Gerta Schnirch, 2009), which was also met with critical acclaim. Her novel, Žítkovské bohyně (The Žítková Goddesses, 2012), became a bestseller, won several awards and was also adapted for the stage.
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Arvis Viguls, Latvia
Arvis Viguls, born in 1987, is a poet, literary critic, and translator. His first poetry collection Istaba (Room, 2009) received the prize for best debut by the Latvian Writers Association, and the Book of the Year Award at the festival Days of Poetry. His second poetry collection 5:00 (2012), which received much attention and appreciation by the critics, was nominated for best poetry collection of the year. His poems have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals.
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Les Wicks, Australia
Les Wicks was born in 1955 in Sydney, Australia and ranks among the most recognizable Australian literary figures. He is a poet, publisher and editor. In 1977, he helped set up the Poets Union, a not-for-profit organisation representing Australian poets. He has published thirteen collections of poetry, with the most recent being Getting By Not Fitting In from 2016. His poetry has been published in over twenty countries. He has also been a featured guest at many international festivals all over the world.
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