Czech novelist, poet, and translator. His best-known novels includeVoyage to the South and Luxembourg Garden (2011), which was awarded the prestigious Magnesia Litera 2012 for the best book of the year, The Other City (English trans. 2009), and The Golden Age (English trans. 2010). He has authored ten books of prose and a dozen theoretical treatises and essays and is an exponent of contemporary magical realism & fantasy.
Thomas Antonic is an author, musician, scholar and filmmaker. He experiments with the expansion of prose and poetry by crossing the boundaries of diverse fields, combining text, sound, visual arts etc. in his work, collaborating in performances and publications with sound and visual artists. As a scholar, he is currently conducting a research project at the University of Vienna on transnational interrelations of the Beat Generation with experimental writers outside the United States. He has performed all over Europe, the US, and South America. His most recent publication is Dead Line: Bild/Text/Cut-Up (2016, with Finnish artists Janne Ratia and Tina Raffel). He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Armand is the author of eight novels, including The Combinations (2016), Cairo (2014; longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award), and Breakfast at Midnight (2012; described by 3:AM‘s Richard Marshall as “a perfect modern noir”). In addition, he has published ten collections of poetry – most recently, East Broadway Rundown (2015), The Rube Goldberg Variations (2015), & Synopticon (with John Kinsella, 2012) – & is the author of critical volumes including Videology (2015) & The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey: Culture after the Avantgarde (2013). He currently directs the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University, Prague.
Sean Bonney’s Letters Against the Firmament has been translated into several languages, and he has performed his work all over the world. Currently engaged in experimental filmmaking in Berlin, where he now lives.
A successful poet and musician, Đurišić teaches Style Analysis at Cetinje Music Academy. He is editor-in-chief of the Yugoslavian literary portal PROLETTER, and writes award-winning poetry, music, and essays, which have been widely translated. Đurišić lives “in-between” and his hobby is skiing.
Michael Fischer works on the speech immanence of sounds on saxophone, soundscapes, conducted instant compositions, since 1999 involving the feedback based on a non-effect, analogue set-up contextualizing the saxophone as/within an emanating sound-noise sculpture; he explores common grounds and images of spoken word and sound. Since the mid nineties he has collaborated with internationally significant artists in improvised music, experimental poetry, conceptual and visual arts. In 2004, he launched the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra and works as instant composition conductor with international large ensembles and choirs. He has performed all across Europe, Libanon, Japan, Canada and the USA.
Garcia’s monumental iconoclastic novel, News Clown (Equus Press, 2012), was a finalist in the 2009 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award. Publishers Weekly described it as “fuelled by prodigious amounts of alcohol and tobacco, sex and drugs.” A long-time Prague resident, Garcia’s other books include Tund (Litteraria Pragensia, 2011), Only Fools Die of Heartbreak (Equus, 2013) and the forthcoming Pink Alligator, “a penetrating look at the workings of intelligence agencies and secret societies, technology and terrorism, the psychology of perception and the flexible nature of reality.”
Sophie Malleret is a New Yorker originally from Paris. She has read her poetry in Europe, in NYC: Howl Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Café, New Museum, NY Library etc. She writes in English and in French; translates some of her poems and performs bilingual versions simultaneously with another poet. She is currently developing German/French poetry. She likes to collaborate with visual artists and musicians. Her poems have been published in Vlak, Maintenent, Art in Odd Places. She is also active in theatre and film.
Joshua Mensch is one of the founding editors of B O D Y Magazine. His poems have appeared in Plume, Brick, The Collagist, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. He is the author of BECAUSE, a book-length poem forthcoming from W.W. Norton next year. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
Mills is the founder of hardPressed Poetry and The Journal, which he co-edits with Catherine Walsh (below). His books include Lares/Manes: Collected Poems (2009), Loop Walks (with David Bremner, 2013), and From Pensato (2013). Four is a collaboration with the composer David Bremner, who will arrange the complete cycle for soprano and instruments. Mills has been a regular contributor to Guardian Books since 2007, including the popular Poster Poems series. Born in Dublin, Mills lived in Spain and Great Britain, and now lives in Limerick. Read his blog here.
Ken Nash is the founder of Prague’s Alchemy reading & performance series. His short fiction has appeared in The Prague Revue, Bordercrossing-Berlin and X-24. His collection, The Brain Harvest (& Other Autobiographical Fictions) – described by Clare Wigfall as “laying bare the sparks and idiosyncrasies of an exceptional mind” – was published by Equus Press in 2012.
Born in 1974 in Spiez, a small Swiss town at the foot of the Alps, to a working class family, Reichen began writing in the summer of 1998 out of boredom, rendered bedridden for weeks by glandular fever. He has written and published two novels, in a mixture of High and Swiss German: “aufgrochsen” (2006) and “Sundergrund” (2014). Together with Harmut Abendschein and Christian de Simonihe, Reichen formed the group Hybrido Unreim. He also paints in collaboration with Matto Kämpf on Youtube.
Arriving in Prague from New York in 1995, this British writer and rock musician spent the 1980s as frontman and principal song-writer for the post-punk band Khmer Rouge. In Prague he formed Southern Cross, and later co-founded the Berlin bands Fatal Shore and Dim Locator. He continues to play gigs and festivals across Europe, and to date has recorded 17 albums, plus several EPs. Phil is a published author, best known for his cult novel Junkie Love. His writing has appeared in publications such as Gargoyle, Prague Literary Review, The Outlaw Poetry Network, Morgana, and VLAK. At present he is working on Stripped, a novel trilogy based on his time in New York. Stripped will be published by Equus Press in 2018.
A Czech poet and writer, Správcová has authored six poetry collections, of which her latest is Strašnice (2013), and won the prestigious Jiří Orten Prize for her 1995 collection, Excuse. She has authored two prose works including Worshippers of Circles, published last year, and also works as an editor & publisher.
Stehlíková’s critically acclaimed poetry debut, Weeks, was published in 2014, when she also co-edited the annual Best Czech Poems anthology (2014). She currently co-edits the Pandora Revue, and works as editor for various Czech publishers. Stehlíková’s reviews can be read in several Czech dailies as well as online literary platforms including iLiteratura and Almanach Wagon.
Walsh is a prolific and widely anthologised writer and poet, with publications including Macula (1986); Pitch (Pig Press, Durham, 1994); City West (Shearsman, Exeter, 2005); Optic Verve A Commentary (2009), and Astonished Birds; Carla, Jane, Bob and James (2012). Her work has appeared in the Anthology of Twentieth-Century British & Irish Poetry and No Soy Tu Musa, a bilingual Spanish/English anthology of Irish women poets. A section from Barbaric Tales appears in the spring/summer 2016 edition of the Irish University Review. Her books ‘Barbaric Tales’ and ‘The Beautiful Untogether’ are forthcoming. Born in Dublin in 1964, Walsh has lived and worked abroad and now lives in Limerick, where she co-edits hardPressed Poetry with Billy Mills.