All our readings take place in the lovely, intimate atmosphere of the Shakespeare and Sons bookshop in Prague´s Old Town.
Reading and Q&A with Justin Quinn (7.3., 7:30pm)
Justin Quinn was born in Dublin, and educated there at Trinity College (BA & PhD). With David Wheatley, he was a founding editor of the Irish poetry magazine, Metre. His translations of the Czech poet Petr Borkovec, From the Interior, appeared in 2008 from Seren. He is associate professor at both Charles University and the University of West Bohemia. Currently he is translating the poetry of Bohuslav Reynek. His poetry has appeared in the Yale Review, TLS, Poetry Review, Irish Times, New Yorker, Body and the Irish Review among others. A novel, Mount Merrion (Penguin), was published in 2013. A monograph entitled Between Two Fires: Transnationalism and Cold War Poetry is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in September 2015, and his sixth collection, Early House, is due from Gallery Press in July.
Reading, Q&A and lecture on Czech literary scene with Sylva Fischerová (7.4., 7:30pm)
Sylva Fischerová is one of the most formidable Czech poets of her generation. Daughter of a non-Marxist philosopher whose work was banned under the communist régime, she is a distinguished classicist who teaches at Charles University in Prague and writes poetry with a vivid imagination as well as historical reach. She has published nine volumes of poetry in Czech, and her poetry has been translated and published in numerous languages. Two earlier selections of her poems in English translation were published by Bloodaxe Books (The Tremor of Racehorses, 1990; The Swing in the Middle of Chaos, 2010). Stomach of the Soul, a bilingual collection of her poems in Czech and English, translated by the author with Stuart Friebert and Andrew J. Hauner, was published by Calypso Editions, USA, in 2014. She is the editor of the bilingual Prague River Anthology A Giant Barrel of Rotgut/Dryák ředěný Vltavou, published by the Municipal Library of Prague in 2016. She also writes prose, essays, and books for children.
Reading and Q&A with Mark Slouka (7.5., 7:30pm)
Mark Slouka is the internationally recognized Czech-American author of eight books including his new collection of stories, All That Is Left Is All That Matters. Both his fiction and nonfiction have been translated into sixteen languages. His stories have twice been selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and his essays have appeared three times for Best American Essays. His stories, “Crossing” and “The Hare’s Mask,” have also been selected for the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories. In 2008, he was a finalist for the British Book Award for his novel The Visible World, and his 2011 collection of essays, Essays from the Nick of Time, received the PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. A contributing editor to Harpers Magazine since 2001, his work also appears in Ploughshares, Orion Magazine, Bomb, The Paris Review, Agni, and Granta. A Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, he has taught literature and writing at Harvard, Columbia, and The University of Chicago.
Reading and Q&A with Joshua Mensch (7.9., 7:30pm)
Joshua Mensch is a poet and one of the founding editors of B O D Y. 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 & Co. in 2018. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
Reading and Q&A with Jaimy Gordon (7.10., 7.30pm)
Jaimy Gordon’s first novel was Shamp of the City-Solo (New York: McPherson & Company, 1974; Third Edition, revised, with Afterword by the Author, 1993). In 1975-1977, she was Writer-in-Residence with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She received her first Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and was on the Literature Grants Screening Panel for the NEA in 1979. During this period, she published a book-length narrative poem, The Bend, The Lip, The Kid (New York: Sun, 1978), and a novella, Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue (Providence: Burning Deck, 1979). She was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 1979-1980, after which she spent one year (1980-1981) as an assistant professor at Stephens College, and joined the faculty of Western Michigan University as an assistant professor in Fall, 1981. She was a Fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University, in 1984-85. Her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, appeared in 1990 (New York: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), as did her first translation (with Peter Blickle) from the German of Maria Beig, Lost Weddings (New York: Persea Books).
In 1991 she received an Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as her third Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She became a full professor at Western Michigan in 1992. Her third novel, Bogeywoman, appeared in 1999 and was on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 2000. She has been on the Writing Committee for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown since 1999, and has been a juror for the Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship eight times. Her fiction (along with that of three other American writers) was the subject of an international conference, Imagination Alive Imagine, Symposium sur la literature Americaine contemporaine, at L’Institut Charles V, Université Paris 7, in 2001. Her translation of Maria Beig’s Hermine, an Animal Life appeared from New Issues in 2005. Her short fiction, poems, essays, and translations have appeared in the Colorado Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry International, and many other places, as well as in Best American Short Stories. In 2010, her Lord of Misrule received the National Book Award.
Symposium on Publishing (7.11., 7:30pm)
Authors Richard Katrovas, Hana Zahradníková, Joshua Mensch and Mark Slouka talk about the publishing business. The symposium is aimed at young writers and will mostly take the form of a Q&A.
Hana Zahradníková holds a degree in English and Czech literature and linguistics from Charles University, Prague. She has worked as an EFL and CFL teacher, and taught English and Czech at high school. She has translated fiction and poetry of, among others, Michael Ondaatje, J.K. Rowling, Chris Cleave, Geraldine Brooks, and Robert Eversz. Currently she works as an acquiring editor for one of the oldest and biggest Czech independent publishers, Argo.
Reading and Q&A with Stuart Dybek (7.16., 7:30pm)
Two new collections of fiction by Stuart Dybek, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, were published by FSG in 2014. His previous books of fiction are Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink. His work is widely anthologized and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Dybek’s literary awards include the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O’Henry Prizes. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.
Reading and Q&A with Richard Katrovas (7.17., 7:30pm)
Founding director of the Prague Summer Program, Richard Katrovas is the author of eight collections of poetry, among them Dithyrambs (Carnegie Mellon, 1998), Prague Winter (Carnegie Mellon, 2004), Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2011) and the forthcoming Swastika to Lotus (Carnegie Mellon). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Prague, U.S.A. (Portals, 1997); a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave (Carnegie Mellon, 2001); a novel, Mystic Pig (Smallmouth, 2001, Oleander, 2008); and the “anecdotal memoir” The Years of Smashing Bricks (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). His most recent book is the memoir-in-essays Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father (Three Room Press, New York: 2014). His poems, essays and stories have appeared widely, and won numerous grants and awards. He was editor for Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution: Voices from the Czech Republic (New Orleans Review, Special Double Issue, Spring, 2000). Katrovas witnessed the Velvet Revolution on a Fulbright in 1989, and has been a resident of Prague with his three daughters and yogini wife for much of each year since. He taught for the University of New Orleans for twenty years, and joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in the fall of 2002.
Reading and Q&A with Kate Daniels (7.18., 7:30pm)
Kate Daniels was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, and a Member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Columbia University (M.F.A. School of the Arts). Her teaching career has taken her to the University of Virginia; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Louisiana State University; Wake Forest University; Bennington College; and Vanderbilt University, where she is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing. Her first book of poetry, The White Wave (Pittsburgh, 1984), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her second volume, The Niobe Poems (Pittsburgh, 1988), received honorable mention for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her third and fourth volumes, Four Testimonies (1998), and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret (2010), were selected by Dave Smith for the Southern Messenger Series, published by LSU Press. LSU will also publish her fifth collection, Reading a Biography of Thomas Jefferson in the Months of My Son’s Recovery, in early 2019. Her poetry consistently explores aspects of gender-based and Southern working class experience, and has been described as “distinct in the general history of southern poetry in its devotion to recovering the urban, working-class South, presenting a vision of the literal and cultural poverty” of such lives. (www.encyclopediavirginia.org)
Daniels’ poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, and have been the recipient of awards, including the Hanes Award for Poetry, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers; the Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler; the Best American Poetry 2008, edited by Charles Wright; the Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry; the Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, and the James Dickey Prize from Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art. In 2003, she served as a judge for the National Book Award in Poetry.
Over the years, Daniels has taught poetry in many “alternative” settings other than universities, including hospitals and outpatient programs; community centers; cancer support groups; elementary schools; psychoanalytic training centers; and – most recently – within the addiction recovery community.
Reading and Q&A with Patricia Hampl (7.18., 7:30pm)
Patricia Hampl’s most recent books, The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime were on numerous “best” and “year end” lists, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year.” She first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. This book and subsequent works have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing. She is also the author of two collections of poetry. Her other books include Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s 1893 summer in Iowa, and Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life. I Could Tell You Stories was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction in 2000. Her short fiction, essays, poetry and travel pieces have appeared widely, in such publications as The New Yorker, Paris Review, The American Scholar, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. She is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA (in poetry and in prose), the Guggenheim Foundation, and is a MacArthur Fellow. She is Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota.
Reading of Prague Summer Program 2018 Participants (7.23., 5:00pm)
Come listen to the works of this year´s PSP workshop participants!