Ilija Đurović

Ilija Đurović

Ilija Đurović (Podgorica, Montenegro, 1990) has been writing short stories, poetry, plays and film scripts. His stories have been published in Montenegrin and regional literary magazines, both online and in print, and have appeared in the following anthologies: Vranac – Best short stories of 2010 (Podgorica, 2010), A Sea of Words (Barcelona, 2010, 2011) and Dosta je bilo priče (Kotor and Dubrovnik, 2011). His first collection of short stories, “Oni to tako divno rade u velikim ljubavnim romanima”, was published by the independent press Žute kornjače (Podgorica) in 2014. His short story “The Five Widows,” translated by Will Firth, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in its anthology Best European Fiction 2016 (London, November 2015, http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/product/best-european-fiction-2016/). His second collection of short stories “Crne ribe” (Žuta kornjača, 2016) was among finalists for the “Edo Budiša Prize” for best collection of short stories published in 2017 in a region of former Yugoslavia.
Manuscript of his first poetry collection won the first prize on a Serbian competition for best unpublished manuscripts from a region of former Yugoslavia. As a result of the competition his first poetry collection under the title “Brid” will be published by the publishing house “Treći Trg” from Belgrade, Serbia.
One of his plays, “Sobe” (English: The Rooms) was staged this summer in Montenegro as part of the production of an independent alternative theatre company “Prazan proctor”. Theater show was well accepted by the audience and critics.
During 2020 his first novel will be published. At the moment he is working on several film projects with different directors from Montenegro, Germany and Check Republic. He is also writing a second novel. He is living in Berlin as a freelance writer.

Viktoria Khomenko

Viktoria Khomenko

Viktoria Khomenko was born in 1989 in Kyiv, Ukraine. She studied journalism and communication at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy (2012, Ukraine) and has finished the course of Cultural Criticism and Management in CSM (2014, Ukraine) and the course of Communications and Human Rights in Södra Vätterbygden Folk High Summer School (2011, Sweden).

She was a film critic and cultural columnist for national media as INSIDER, BIRD in FLIGHT, KRAINA, KORYDOR. From 2015 she has been working as an Editor at Docudays UA IDFF and as a Communication Coordinator of DOCU/PRO (industrial platform for film professionals) and producing Ukrainian documentary and fiction films.

The first presentation of her literary work was at The Intermezzo Short Story Festival in Vinnitsa (2015). In the same year, Viktoria gained a special prize for her collection of short stories “Crude Earth” at the Ukrainian competition initiated by the Publisher House “Smoloskyp”.

Mehmet Yashin

Mehmet Yashin

Mehmet Yashin is one of the unique poets of contemporary Turkish poetry. His poems, novels and essays are considered parts of the literature of Cyprus and Greece alongside Turkey. He is one of the internationally best-known contemporary poets and authors from Cyprus. His first poetry collection won Academy Poetry Prize in Istanbul in 1985, but it was banned by the Turkish military junta which made a coup d’etat in 1980, and he was deported from Turkey in 1986 for what was characterized as his ‘subversive’ poetry. He settled in between Cambridge, Nicosia and Istanbul from 2002 to 2016. Since then he has been living in Athens.

He has published 10 poetry collections, 3 novels, 3 essay collections, 3 anthologies and literary studies of multilingual Cypriot poetry in Istanbul. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his books have been published in various European countries.

Photo by Ayşem Ergin

Nora Verde

Nora Verde

Nora Verde (Antonela Marušić) was born in 1974 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She finished studying Croatian language and literature. As a student she published her first poetry collection Sezona Bjegova (Narodno sveučilište, Split 1994). She publishes poetry in several magazines and she is the author of the novels Posudi mi smajl (Meander, 2010) and Do isteka zaliha (Naklada Sandorf, 2013). Her prose and poetry have been translated into English, German, Slovenian, Albanian and Macedonian.
She is one of the founders of the feminist portal Vox Feminae to which she contributes and is an editor there since 2011. She collaborates with several Croatian national and regional portals and media on independent culture, literature, music and human rights (Novosti, Kulturpunkt, Proletter, Maz, CroL, LGBT.ba).