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.
Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, was nominated for the National Book Award and won a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the French-American Prize and a California Book Award Silver Medal. The book will be published in seven countries. She won a 2015 O.Henry Prize and is the recipient of fellowships from Harvard and Stanford, where she has taught since 2008. She’s currently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and is working on a novel.
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.
Adam Borzič is a poet, essayist, translator and since 2013 the chief editor of a literary bi-weekly Tvar. He co-founded the poetic collective Fantasía, and has published three collections of poetry, including Opening (2011), Weather in Europe (2013), which was nominated for the Magnesia Litera prize, and Orphic Lines (2015). His poetry has been translated into many European languages. Apart from poetry, his main preoccupations are psychotherapy and spirituality.
Mary Caponegro is an experimental fiction writer who works in short story, novella, and collage form. Her books include Tales from the Next Village, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down. She is the recipient of the General Electric Award, The Charles Flint Kellogg Award, The Bruno Arcudi Award, and the Rome Prize in Literature, and she has received residencies from Yaddo, the Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
She has collaborated with visual artists in anthologies such as A Convergence of Birds and Not a Rose. Her fiction and non-fiction have been anthologized in You’ve Got to Read This, The Anchor Book of New American Fiction, and The Italian-American Reader, and have been featured in numerous periodicals, including Tin House, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Her MFA is from Brown University, where she began her long teaching career, which extended through various institutions to Bard College, where since 2002 she has held the Richard B. Fisher Family Chair in Literature and Writing.
After working in graphic design, Jean–Baptiste Cabaud has devoted himself entirely to poetry since 2005. His first collection of poems, Les Mécaniques, was published in 2008, and the latest one, Fleurs, in 2014. He regularly gives readings of his texts in his native France and abroad, either relying solely on his voice or bringing them into performances within the electro-arctic band Saint Octobre. As a translator, he translated Czech and Lithuanian poetry for French magazines and festival organizers.
Daniela Cascella is an Italian writer. She is the author of F.M.R.L. Footnotes,Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound (Zero Books, 2015) and En Abîme: Listening,Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zero Books, 2012). Her essays, texts and reviews have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, 3:AM Magazine, The Wire among others, and in anthologies on Koenig Books, raster-noton, Uniformbooks. She is a Contributing Editor at Minor Literatures, where she edits the Untranslated series. More about her on her website.
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.
Francesca Lisette is a poet and artist working with questions of embodiment and language, relationality and performance. Their book Teens was published by Mountain Press in 2012. Recent work can be found in Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women (Reality Street, 2015) and online at COVEN Berlin. Recently, Francesca travelled to San Francisco to participate in FRESH Festival’s intensive training in dance and performance, and blogged about their experience online. Lisette currently lives in Berlin, and is a student and practitioner of astrology.
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 co-editor of hardPressed poetry and the Journal 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.
Camilla Nelson is a British language artist. Her work explores intersections between human and other-than human organisms through page-based poetry, installation and performance. Her current focus is Reading Movement, a movement language work whose script was long-listed for The Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers in 2016. Her first full poetry collection, Apples & Other Languages was long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2015 and is OUT NOW! Camilla is the founding editor of Singing Apple Press.
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.
Olga Slowik is a Polish bohemist writing in Polish and Czech. Her book of poetry written in Czech Toto neni menstruacni poezie was published in 2016 together with h_aluze magazine. Her writings were published in both Czech and Polish literary magazines, such as Rita Baum, Host and h_aluze. Besides writing, Slowik works as a translator (mostly Czech to Polish) and she is pursuing her PhD at the Department of Czech and comparative literatures at Charles University in Prague.
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.
Olga Stehlíková (1977) is a literary and magazine editor as well as a literary journalist. She is a former editor of the Pandora Revue, and works as an editor for the online literary magazine Wagon and the by-weekly online magazine Ravt. She was also a co-editor of the two-volume anthology of Czech poetry (Antologie české poezie I. díl, 1986-2006. dybbuk, 2007), and along with Petr Hruska she edited the almanac Nejlepší české básně 2014 (Host, 2014). Stehlíková’s poetry debut Weeks received the Magnesia Litera Award for poetry. Currently, Stehlíková is working on her dual poetry manuscript Portrét a Vejce (Dueta).
Lotta Thießen is a poet,translator and co-organiser of the reading series artiCHOKE. Her works and collaborations can be found in VLAK (CZ) and Four Minutes to Midnight (CA) and online on Datableed, Otoliths, Elyra and RadfürAlle.bandcamp.com. H
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.