The Residency is pre arranged by Reading
Balkans project in cooperation with the Publishing House Goga (Slo), Goten
Publishing (MK), Krokodil (Srb), Udruga Kurs (Cro), Poeteka (Alb), Qendra
Multimedia (Kos), PEN BIH and S. Fischer Stiftung (De) & partners.
The Literary Residence Programme ‘Reading
Balkans 2020’ is open to welcome fiction writers, poets, essayists,
playwrights, screenplay writers and comic book writers from Southeast Europe
(Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia,
Albania, Romania, Montenegro, Bulgaria).
POETEKA is one of the most active cultural organizations and what’s more, one of mainly influential movement in the field of art, culture and education in and through literature in Albania. For nearly 15 years of its presence, POETEKA, in cooperation with local and international partners, has been developing diverse activities, that have attracted more and more writers, translators, art critics, researchers, performers and, for more than all, public.
Drago Glamuzina, born 1967 in Vrgorac, graduated in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. From 2003 to 2011 He worked as the editor-in-chief at the publishing house Profil between 2003 and 2011, and since 2011 holds the same post at VBZ Publishing. His poetry, prose and literary criticism have been published in various magazines, newspapers and have also been broadcast on the radio. With Roman Simić he compiled an anthology of Croatian erotic short stories Libido.hr. His publications include Mesari (Butchers, poetry, 2001), Tri (Three, novel, 2008), Je li to sve (Is That All, poetry, 2009) and a book of selected poems Sami u toj šumi (Alone in This Forest, 2011) featuring photographs by Stanko Abadžić.
Mesari won the Vladimir Nazor Book of the Year Award and the Kvirin Award for the Best Poetry Collection, and was translated into German (2008), Macedonian (2004), and Slovene (2011) with selections from it also published in English and Polish. His novel Tri won the T-portal Croatian Novel of the Year in 2008.
Zhivko Grozdanoski, born 1986, has lived most of his life in his home village of Bigor Dolenci in the western part of Macedonia. He attended the American High School Skopje and went on to study Italian Language and Literature at the University of Skopje. He translates prose and poetry from Italian and has published four books (a book of poetry, two collections of short stories, and a novel). In 2006 he presented a short amateur documentary during the International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. Grozdanoski most recent book, the novel The Final Name of the Future, 2018) is set in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina where a tunnel engineer from East Germany is sent to work on a site and comes across some life-changing revelations.
Lisandri Kola, born 1986 in Shkodër, studied Albanian Language and Literature in his hometown and in 2010 obtained an MSc in Criticism and Literary Theory from the University of Tirana. In 2014 he earned a PhD in Literary Sciences from the same University.
Since January 2016 he has been a full time Professor of Albanian Modern Literature and History of Albanian Sonnet at the Department of Literature in the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana and also teaches Theory of Translation at the Department of Journalism and Communication. He has published a number of books of poetry, translations, research and a novel. With his poetry collection Butterflies Die in May (2014), he won the National Zef Pllumi Prize. Kola’s poetry has been published in English and Montenegrin. He is also a playwright.
Aleksandra Saša Savanović, born 1986 in Novi Sad, studied International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade and Sociology at the Institute for Sociology of the Freie Universität Berlin. Her stories, essays and articles have appeared in electronic and printed magazines, journals and several anthologies of short stories. She is one of the editors of Zent, a magazine for politics, technology and the arts, and co-author of the recently published book Zajednička dobra i granice kapitalizma (Common Good and the Boundaries of Capitalism). Her first novel Deseti život (Tenth Life) was published in 2018. She works as freelance researcher and project manager in culture and the non-profit sector.
Goten Publishing House has been organizing writers’ residencies in Skopje, Macedonia, for authors and translators mostly form Southeast Europe since 2013. In that time we have hosted more that 30 authors and translators. The overall aim of the residency is to enable the contemporary Southeast European authors and translators to get more acquainted with literary, cultural, and social life in Macedonia, and particularly in Skopje, while at the same time the local audience gets to know the prominent regional literary scene. While in Skopje, the visiting writer/translator uses the time of scholarship to work on their current project.