All our readings take place at the Shakespeare and Sons bookshop in Prague´s Old Town.

Symposium on Publishing (7.2., 7:30pm)

Kate Gale, founder of Red Hen Press, will present a lecture on publishing. She will then be joined for an open discussion by Hana Zahradníková, editor at one of the leading Czech publishing houses, Argo.

Kate Gale is the co-founder of Red Hen Press, founded in 1994. Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press and the Editor of the Los Angeles Review, which is also part of Red Hen Press. She was the 2005-2006 president of PEN USA, and serves on the board of the Poetry Society of America. She teaches at the MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and the MFA program in Ashland, Ohio.

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 Francesca Bell (7.3., 7:30pm)

Francesca Bell’s poems appear in many journals, including ELLE, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, andRattle.Her translations from Arabic and German appear in Arc, B O D Y, Circumference,Mid-American Review, and The Massachusetts Review.She is the co-translator of Palestinian poet Shatha Abu Hnaish’s collection, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and the author of Bright Stain(Red Hen Press, 2019). She is the former poetry editor of River Styxand lives with her family in California.

Reading and Q&A with Stuart Dybek (7.4., 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 Kate Gale (7.5., 7:30pm)

Gale’s work began with Blue Air, a book of poetry published by Garden Street Press, San Luis Obispo. She published three collections of poetry with Red Hen Press: Where Crows and Men CollideSelling the Hammock, and Fishers of MenMating Season was published by Tupelo Press in 2004. In 2014, Kate published two poetry collections: Goldilocks Zone, by the University of New Mexico Press, and Echo Light, by Red Mountain Press—winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award. She has also written the librettos to two operas. Rio de Sangre, with composer Don Davis, was showcased at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2005, by the New York City Opera VOX in May 2007 and had its world premiere on October 22, 2010 with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. Paradises Lost, co-written with Ursula K. Le Guin with composer Stephen Taylor, was showcased at the New York City Opera VOX in 2006. The year 2016 saw the appearance of The Palm Trees Are Restless: Five Poems of Kate Gale, a song cycle by composer Mark Abel released on the Delos label. The piece is a setting of texts from Echo Light sung by soprano Hila Plitmann.

Reading and Q&A with Mark Slouka (7.8., 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 (W.W. Norton & Co. in 2018.) He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.

Reading and Q&A with Justin Quinn (7.10., 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; and in 2017 his translations of the poetry of Bohuslav Reynek were published by Charles University Press. He is associate professor at both Charles University and the University of West Bohemia. His poetry has appeared in the New York Review of Books, 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. He has published six collections of poetry, most recently, Early House (2015).

Reading and Q&A with Richard Katrovas (7.15., 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 Patricia Hampl (7.16., 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 2019 Participants (7.22., 5:00pm)

Come listen to the works of this year´s PSP workshop participants!