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Picture of Lithuanian Daina Opolskaitė
Daina Opolskaitė Kovalčikienė was born in 1979 in Vilkaviškis. She graduated from Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (former Vilniaus pedagoginis universitetas), where she studied Lithuanian philology, and now works as a teacher at a high school in Vilkaviškis.
Portrait of Adam Foulds
Adam Foulds was born in 1974, went to Bancroft’s School in London, read English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and took an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2001. He lives in south London.
Portrait of Emanuele Trevi
Emanuele Trevi was born in Rome in 1964. He is a writer and literature critic. Son of Mario Trevi, a Jungian psychoanalyst, he has written several papers and edited editions of the classics. He was creative director of the publisher Fazi and he also edited an anthology with Marco Lodoli.
Ina Vultchanova
Ina Vultchanova is a journalist, writer, producer and translator from French and Russian. She has an MA in Bulgarian Philology from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Her professional career has been dedicated to the art of audio drama.
Portrait of Ben Blushi
Ben Blushi was born in Tirana in 1969. He studied at the University of Tirana, graduating in Albanian Language and Literature, from Tirana University, Faculty of Philology. He was editor-in-chief of the newspaper Koha Jonë, and in 1999 embarked upon a political career in the cabinet of the Prime Minister of Albania.
Picture of Polish winner Marta Dzido
MARTA DZIDO - born in 1981; writer, documentary filmmaker and film editor. Graduated at the Polish Film School in Łódź. Author of three novels: "A Mark Left by Mom" (2003), "The Clam"; (2005), hypertext "Matrioszka"; (2013) and a non-fiction book "Women of Solidarity" (2016).
Portrait of Aleksandar Bečanović
Aleksandar Bečanović, born in 1971, is a Montenegrin writer, film critic and screenwriter.
Portrait of Svetlana Žuchová
Svetlana Žuchová, born in 1976, studied psychology at Vienna University and medicine at the Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava. She works at a psychiatric clinic in Prague. Her stories have been published in journals including Dotyky, Rak, Romboid, Vlna, OS and the weekly Slovo.
Portrait of Tomáš Zmeškal
Tomáš Zmeškal (b.1966 in Prague) studied English language and literature, and he lived and studied in London for a number of years. In the 1980s, he played for a while in the band Psí vojáci, led by writer and musician Filip Topol. He works as a writer, translator and a secondary-school teacher of English literature.
Portrait of Dulce Maria Cardoso
Dulce Maria Cardoso, was born in Trás-os-Montes in 1964, she is one of the most important literary voices in Portugal. She spent her childhood in Angola and returned to Portugal in 1975, shortly after Portugal’s Carnation Revolution and Angola’s independence. She studied law, worked as a lawyer and wrote scripts for the cinema.
Portrait of Antonis Georgiou
Antonis Georgiou was born in Limassol, Cyprus, in 1969. He studied law in Moscow and works as a lawyer. He is a member of the editing committee of the literary magazine Anef. He was also in the editing team of the Theatre Diaries, a series of publications that illustrate the history of theatre in Cyprus.
Portrait of Sine Ergün
Sine Ergün (1982) is a writer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has published three books: Burası Tekin Değil (It’s not Safe Here, Yitik Ülke Publishing, 2010; Can Publishing, 2012), Bazen Hayat (Life, Sometimes, Can Publishing, 2012) and Baştankara (Titmouse, Can Publishing, 2016).
Irene Solà (c) Oscar Holloway
Irene Solà (born in Malla, near Barcelona, in 1990) has a degree in fine arts from the University of Barcelona and a master’s in literature, film and visual culture from the University of Sussex.
Portrait of Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry is the author of the short story collections "Dark Lies The Island" and "There Are Little Kingdoms" and the novel "City Of Bohane".
Portrait of Rodaan Al Galidi
Rodaan, who first called himself Al Galidi (his complete name is Rodaan Al Galidi) is a writer of Iraqi descent. As his native country didn’t register births when he was born, he does not know his birth date. He studied as an engineer in Iraq before fleeing to escape military service, arriving in the Netherlands in 1998.
Portrait of Nataša Kramberger
Nataša Kramberger (b.1983) was born in Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. She won the Slovenian young authors prize in 2006 and her book Nebesa v robidah was nominated for the Kresnik Prize as Slovenia’s best novel of the year in 2008.
Portrait of Jelena Lengold
Jelena Lengold (b.1959) is a storyteller, novelist and a poet. She has published five books of poetry, one novel (Baltimore, 2003, 2011) and four books of stories, including Pokisli lavovi (Rain-soaked Lions, 1994), Lift (Lift, 1999) and Vašarski mađioničar (The Fairground Magician, 2008, 2009).
Petar Andonovski
Petar Andonovski (born 1987, Kumanovo) is mainly a prose writer. He has a degree in general and comparative literature from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje and has been a writer in residence in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro. Currently, he works for the Polica publishing house.
Portrait of Meelis Friedenthal
The Estonian writer Meelis Friedenthal (b.1973) has written a doctoral thesis at Tartu University on a 13th century philosophical-theological treatise about seeing and vision. Friedenthal has worked as lecturer in the faculty of theology and history and is currently working as a senior researcher in Tartu University Library.
Picture of French winner Sophie Daull
Sophie Daull is an actress and writer born in Eastern France in 1965.             It was her studies in music at the National Conservatory of Strasbourg that encouraged her early on to pursue her artistic practices. Since then, her experiences have become ever-more enveloped in the worlds of letters, sounds and movement.
Portrait of Marente de Moor
Marente de Moor (b. 1972) worked as a correspondent in Saint Petersburg for a number of years and wrote a book on her experiences, Petersburgse vertellingen (Stories from St. Petersburg), which was published in 1999.
Portrait of Pierre J. Mejlak
Born in Malta in 1982, Pierre J. Mejlak has been writing since he was young. Mejlak has written books for children, adaptations, a novel for adolescents and two collections of short stories, winning numerous awards, including five National Book Awards, the Commonwealth Essay Writing Award and the Sea of Words European Short Story Award.
Portrait of Bianca Bellová
Bianca Bellová, born in Prague in 1970, is a translator, interpreter and writer with Bulgarian roots. Her first book, Sentimentální román(Sentimental Novel), came out in 2009 and describes the trials of growing up near the end of the communist totalitarian regime.
Portrait of Birgül Oğuz
Birgül Oğuz was born in İstanbul in 1981. She received her BA in Comparative Literature and MA in Cultural Studies from İstanbul Bilgi University. She was the recipient of the Hazel Heughan scholarship for the Modernism-Postmodernism programme at Edinburgh University in 2006.
Portrait of Armin Öhri
Armin Öhri was born on September 23, 1978. He grew up in Ruggell, the northernmost village in Liechtenstein. He studied history, philosophy and German linguistics and literature. Since 2009, he has published a variety of stories and novels in two independent publishing houses, including the well-respected German publisher Gmeiner.
Portrait of Cristian Crusat
Cristian Crusat Schretzmeijer was born in Spain in 1983, the son of a Spanish father and a Dutch mother, being himself both Spanish and Dutch.
Portrait of Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė
Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė (b. 1976). Prose writer, playwright. She was born in Vilnius. In 1994 she left Vilnius Senvage School and in 1996 – enrolled into Vilnius University Department of Extramural Studies to study the Lithuanian language and literature.
Maria Navarro Skaranger (c) Pernille Marie Walvik
Maria Navarro Skaranger (1994) was born and lives in Oslo. She has studied writing at the Academy of Creative Writing in Hordaland and comparative literature at the University of Oslo. As the author of just two books, Skaranger displays an impressive preciseness in the way she brings up relevant themes with great originality.
Portrait of Gaëlle Josse
Having started out as a poet, Gaëlle Josse’s debut novel, Les heures silencieuses (The Quiet Hours) was published in 2011. It was followed by Nos vies désaccordées (Our Out of Tune Lives) in 2012 and Noces de neige (Snow Wedding) in 2013.
Portrait of Darko Tuševljaković
Darko Tuševljaković was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1978. Since 2002, his fiction has been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Serbia and elsewhere in the Balkans. In 2004, he was awarded the Lazar Komarcic Award for short fiction. Tuševljaković is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories.
Portrait of Carolina Schutti
Carolina Schutti was born in 1976 in Innsbruck, where she still lives. She studied German philology, English and American Studies, concert guitar and classical voice.
Portrait of Tanja Stupar-Trifunović
Tanja Stupar-Trifunović was born in Zadar in 1977 and is a graduate of the University of Banja Luka. She writes poetry, columns and literary reviews. Her poetry has been translated into several languages, and she was shortlisted for the CEE Literature Award (for poetry) in 2008.
Portrait of Ida Hegazi Høyer
Ida Hegazi Høyer, born in 1981, is a Norwegian citizen with Danish-Egyptian ancestors. Her roots are in Lofoten in the north of Norway, but she grew up in Oslo. Høyer has studied sociology and worked in a clothing store, and she now writes and lives in Oslomarka – the woodlands surrounding Oslo.
Picture of Ukrainian winner Haska Shyyan
A writer, translator, blogger, photographer. Born in 1980 in Lviv. Studied classical philology at Lviv University. Being a co-owner of a bookshop in Lviv, she actively campaigns for elimination of non-transparent corruption schemes in textbooks purchase.
Portrait of Çiler İlhan
The recipient of the “Notable Short Story Award/Yaşar Nabi Youth Awards 1993”, İlhan’s stories were published in numerous literary magazines from a young age on. Her first book Rüya Tacirleri Odası (Chamber of Dream Merchants, Artemis, April 2006) is a collection of short stories.
Portrait of Raquel Martínez-Gómez
Raquel Martínez-Gómez (1973) was born in La Mancha. She has published four novels: Los huecos de la memoria (Memory Gaps), Ceniza de ombú (Ashes of Ombu), Sombras de unicornio (Unicorn Shadows) and Del color de la lava (The Colour of Lava).
Portrait of Jesús Carrasco
Jesús Carrasco was born in Badajoz in 1972. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and has worked, among other things, as a grape-picker, a washer-up, a physical education teacher, a music manager, an exhibition fitter, a graphic designer and an advertising copywriter. He took up writing after moving to Madrid, in 1992.
Portrait of Răzvan Rădulescu
Răzvan Rădulescu (b.1969) was born in Bucharest. As a student, he became a member of Letters, one of the most important training centers for young writers at the time, led by another famous author, Mircea Cărtărescu. Rădulescu’s text was published in the anthology Tablou familie in 1995.
Picture of Georgian winner Beqa Adamashvili
Famous Georgian blogger and advertising copywriter Beqa Adamashvili graduated from Caucasus University, faculty of journalism and social science. He made his literary debut in 2009 with short stories published on electronic platforms and with time his name became popular among young readers.
Profile picture of Halldóra K. Thoroddsen
Halldóra K. Thoroddsen was born in 1950 and is a resident of Reykjavik. She graduated from Iceland College of Education in 1976 and from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 1986. Thoroddsen has worked as a teacher, designed layout for a newspaper, supervised the arts curriculum for elementary schools, and worked as a programme director in radio.
Portrait of Osvalds Zebris
Osvalds Zebris, born in 1975, is a Latvian writer and journalist, holding a master's degree in economics. Zebris has worked in public relations and communications for Hill+Knowlton and McCann, and as an editor for various newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of three novels.
Portrait of Inga Zolude
The prose writer Inga Zolude was born in 1984 and received her master’s degree in English from the University of Latvia. She studied English literature at Southern Illinois University through the Fulbright Program and worked as a project coordinator and manager in the field of culture and education.
Lana Bastašić (C) Radmila Vankoska
Lana Bastašić was born in Zagreb in 1986. She majored in English and holds a master’s degree in cultural studies. She has published two collections of short stories, one book of children’s stories and one of poetry. Catch the Rabbit, her first novel, was published in Belgrade in 2018 and reprinted in Sarajevo in 2019.
Portrait of Benedict Wells
Benedict Wells was born in 1984 in Munich. At the age of six, he started his journey through three Bavarian boarding schools. Upon graduating school in 2003, he moved to Berlin. There he decided against an academic education and instead started to dedicate his time to writing.
Portrait of Gast Groeber
Gast Groeber (*1960) grew up in Hollerich, Luxembourg, where he went to primary school. After graduating from high school in 1980, he studied primary education at the Institut Supérieur d'Études et de Recherches Pédagogiques in Walferdange, Luxembourg. From 1982, he taught at a number of primary schools in Luxembourg City.
Portrait of Claudiu M. Florian
Claudiu M. Florian was born in 1969 in Rupea, Braşov County. He received a degree in German Studies at Bucharest University in 1994, an MA in 'Humanistic Interdisciplinary Studies in the German Language' at Bucharest University in 1996, and went on to obtain another MA in Contemporary History at Bielefeld University in Germany.
Picture of UK winner Melissa Harrison
Melissa Harrison is the author of the novels Clay and At Hawthorn Time, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize, and one work of non-fiction, Rain, which was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize.
Adda Djørup (b.1972) made her authorial debut in 2005 with a collection of poetry called Monsieurs monologer. Her work revolves around existential themes, with a twist of humour that suits her personal prose style and a distinct philosophical bite. All three of her publications have been praised by Danish critics.
Picture Rudi Erebara
Rudi Erebara was born in 1971. He is a poet, novelist and translator. After graduating in 1995 at the Academy of Fine Arts, he embarked on a career as a political analyst, a journalist in several national newspapers and as an editor in chief.
Portrait of Emmanuelle Pagano
Emmanuelle Pagano was born in Rodez (Aveyron) in 1969. She graduated in Fine Arts, and has conducted university research in the field of aesthetics in film and multimedia. P.O.L has published four novels - three of them centered on childhood - which were highly acclaimed by critics. She lives today in Ardèche, with three children.
Portrait of Kostas Hatziantoniou
Kostas Hatziantoniou was born in 1965 in Rhodes, where he also grew up. He studied political sciences and public administration at the Law School (University of Athens), and made his first appearance in literature in 1990, as a publisher of the literary magazine Remvie.
Faruk Šehić est né en 1970 à Bihac. Il a grandi à Bosanska Krupa avant son détachement de la République fédérale socialiste de Yougoslavie . Lorsque la guerre éclata en 1992, Šehić était étudiant en médecine vétérinaire à Zagreb.
Portrait of Andrej Nikolaidis
Andrej Nikolaidis was born in 1974 in Sarajevo, to a mixed Montenegrin-Greek family. Until the age of six, he lived in the city of Ulcinj, where he returned in 1992 after the war in Bosnia erupted. Since 1994, he has written for regional independent and liberal media, as well as for cultural magazines.
Portrait of Daniele Del Giudice
Daniele Del Giudice (b.1949). The first novel he published was Lo stadio di Wimbledon (Einaudi 1983).
Portrait of Evie Wyld
Evie Wyld is the author of one previous novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award, the Orange Award for New Writers and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
Portrait of Isabelle Wéry
Isabelle Wéry is a Belgian actress, theatre director and author. Born in Liège, she studied acting at INSAS in Brussels until 1991. In parallel with her work as an actress with a variety of directors, she writes and creates her own theatre works.
Portrait of Sara Mannheimer
Sara Mannheimer grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was educated in the United States, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. She now lives in Stockholm. In addition to writing, she runs the glassworks Stockholm Heta Glas (Stockholm Hot Glass).
Stavros Cristodoulou (c) Marina Shiakola
Stavros Christodoulou was born in 1963 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied law in Athens but has never practiced the legal profession since he had already dedicated himself to journalism at the end of the 1980s.
Portrait of Viktor Horvàth
Viktor Horváth was born in 1962 in Pécs. Between 2003 and 2006, he studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Miskolc. Since 2003, he has been teaching the theory of poetic structure and the history of form in medieval and late-medieval times at the University of Pécs.
Portrait of David Machado
David Machado was born in Lisbon in 1978. He has a degree in economics from ISEG, Lisbon's School of Economics and Management, but soon devoted himself to writing fiction and children's literature.
Portrait of Walid Nabhan
Walid Nabhan was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1966. His family fled Al-Qbeybeh, a small village in the outskirts of Hebron, Palestine, after the 1948 war that established the state of Israel and resulted in the first Palestinian Diaspora.
Portrait of Luka Bekavac
Luka Bekavac, born in 1976 in Osijek, is a writer, translator and literary theorist.
Portrait of Jana Beňová
Jana Beňová (b.1974), is a poet and prose writer, who graduated from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava (1993-1998) with a degree in theatre dramaturgy. At first, she wrote for the the publications Dotyky, Fragment and Slovenské Pohľady.
Portrait of Lada Žigo
Lada Žigo is a Croatian writer. She was born in 1970 in Zagreb. She graduated in Comparative literature and Philosophy from the University of Zagreb.
Portrait of Jean Back
Jean Back (b.1953) was born in Dudelange, an industrial city on the French border. After finishing secondary education in Esch-Alzette, he became a civil servant, first at the Ministry of Labour, then at the Ministry of Culture. Since 1989, he has been in charge of the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel in Dudelange.
Picture of Slovakian winner Ivana Dobrakovová
Ivana Dobrakovová is a Slovak writer and translator based in Turin. Her literary debut, a collection of short stories entitled Prvá smrť v rodine  / First Death in the Family (2009), was shortlisted for the Anasoft Litera prize and won a Ján Johanides Award in the category Best Fiction by a Young Writer.
Portrait of Goce Smilevski
Goce Smilevski (b.1975) was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He was educated at the Sts Kiril and Metodij University in Skopje, at Charles University in Prague and at the Central European University in Budapest. He is the author of the novels The Planet of Inexperience, Conversation with Spinoza and Sigmund Freud’s Sister.
Portrait of Christophe Van Gerrewey
Christophe Van Gerrewey (b.1982) studied architecture at Ghent University and literary science at KU Leuven. His PhD, 'Architecture: a User's Manual. Theory, Critique and History since 1950 according to Geert Bekaert' was published in 2015.
Portrait of Noémi Szécsi
Noémi Szécsi (b.1976), writer and translator. She graduated in Finnish and English in Budapest, and studied cultural anthropology in Helsinki. She published her first novel, Finno-Ugrian Vampire in 2002, reprinted in 2003 due to its success. The script based on the novel was shortlisted by the workshop of Sundance Institute.
Portrait of Tiit Aleksejev
Tiit Aleksejev (b.1968) graduated from the University of Tartu with a master’s degree in Medieval History. He has worked as a diplomat in Paris and Brussels, and currently lives in Tallinn. His first short story, Tartu rahu, won the annual award from the literary magazine Looming in 1999.
Portrait of Sunjeev Sahota
Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire. His debut novel, Ours are the Streets, was called 'Nothing short of extraordinary' by the Observer, and 'A moral work of real intelligence and power' by the Times.
Portrait of Edina Szvoren
Edina Szvoren was born in 1974 in Budapest. An alumni of Béla Bartók Music High School, she currently teaches solfeggio and music theory there. She holds a degree as chorus-master from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. She has had work published regularly since 2005, including two works of prose.
Portrait of Ognjen Spahic
Ognjen Spahić was born in 1977 in Podgorica, Montenegro. Prior to Puna glava radosti, Spahić published two earlier collections of short stories: Sve to (All That) in 2001, and Zimska potraga (Winter Search) in 2007.
Portrait of Laurence Plazenet
Laurence Plazenet was born in Paris in 1968. At five-years-old, she was already a passionate reader, quickly developing her desire to write. A former student at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure, she is a Classic Literature ‘agrégée’ and holds a Literature PhD.
Picture of Greek winner Nikos Chryssos
Born in 1972 in Athens, Nikos Chryssos (Νίκος Χρυσός) studied at the Department of  Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at the Department of Film Direction at the School of Cinematography ‘Lykourgos Stavrakos’. He is the owner of an old books’ store in Athens.
Maša Kolanović (c) Croatian Literature.Hr
Maša Kolanović (born in Zagreb, 1979) works as an associate professor in the Department of Croatian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She graduated from the same faculty with a degree in Croatian language and comparative literature and a PhD.
Picture Laura Freudenthaler
Laura Freudenthaler, born 1984 in Salzburg. She studied German language and literature studies, Philosophy and Gender Studies. She lives in Vienna. Her stories Der Schädel der Madeleine were published in 2014.
Shpëtim Selmani (c) Blerta Hoçia
Shpëtim Selmani was born on 16 May 1986. He received a master’s degree from the Academy of Arts at the University of Prishtina. He acts in theatre performances in the country and internationally, and has received awards for his acting.
Portrait of Iren Nigg
Iren Nigg was born in 1955 in Schaan, in the Principality of Liechtenstein. She also grew up in Schaan and attended the Höhere Töchterschule St.Elisabeth. Nigg then travelled extensively before she studied journalism at the Institut für Journalistik und Kommunikation, University of Fribourg in Switzerland, from 1981-1984.
Portrait of Jamal Ouariachi
Jamal Ouariachi, born in 1978, is the son of a Dutch mother and a Moroccan father. Jamal studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and spent years working as an online therapist. He made his literary debut in 2010 with the novel De vernietiging van Prosper Morèl (The Destruction of Prosper Morèl).
Piia Leino (photo by Mikko Rasila)
Piia Leino was born in 1977. She lives in Helsinki with her family, and has worked as a journalist at the Finnish News Agency, STT, for almost two decades. She got her Master’s degree in social studies, majoring in journalism, from University of Tampere in 2004.
Portrait of Donal Ryan
Donal Ryan was born near Nenagh, County Tipperary, in 1976. He was a civil servant for many years, and was only able to devote himself to writing from 2014, following the success of The Spinning Heart, the novel he wrote during the evenings of the summer of 2010. Ryan received 47 rejections before finding a publisher.
Portrait of Jan Němec
Jan Němec, born in 1981 in Brno, received his MA degree in Religious and Social Studies from Masaryk University in Brno, and in Theatre Dramaturgy from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.
Portrait of Karen Gillece
Karen Gillece was born in Dublin in 1974. She studied Law at University College Dublin. Her debut novel Seven Nights In Zaragoza was published in 2005 and hailed by the critics as ‘Highly impressive and assured writing’ (Evening Herald).
Picture of Irish winner Jan Carson
Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast.
Portrait of Pavol Rankov
Pavol Rankov (b. 1964) is a writer of prose fiction, essayist, journalist, information scientist and university pedagogue. After completing his secondary schooling in Bratislava he studied library science at the Philosophical Faculty of Bratislava's Comenius University (1983-1987).
Portrait of Emilios Solomou
Emilios Solomou was born in 1971 in Nicosia and grew up in his native village of Potami. He studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens. He also studied journalism in Cyprus and worked as a journalist for a daily newspaper for some years. He is now a teacher of Greek and history in a public high school.
Portrait of Helena Henschen
Helena Henschen (b. 1940 - † 2011) was born and raised in Stockholm. She has an artistic background and has worked as a graphic designer. Henschen has both written and illustrated children's books and she was one of the founders of the famous Swedish design company Mah-Jong.
Portrait of Nenad Joldeski
Nenad Joldeski was born in 1986 in Struga, Macedonia. In 2010, he graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. In 2013, he received a master's degree in comparative literature on the subject of 'Intertextual Irony in Modern and Postmodern Short Stories.'
Francis Kirps (c) Philippe Matsas - CNL
Francis Kirps lives and works in Lintgen (Luxembourg). He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Strasbourg. He first started publishing in student magazines in the early 1990s and in the cultural journal Cahiers Luxembourgeois in 1998.
Asta Olivia Nordenhof (c) Albert Sanvig Madsen
Asta Olivia Nordenhof (born 1988) is an award-winning Danish poet and author and a graduate of the Danish Academy of Creative Writing, where she now teaches. Her debut novel Et ansigt til Emily (A Face for Emily, Basilisk, Copenhagen, 2011) won the Munch-Christensen Debutant Prize.
Portrait of Giedra Radvilavičiūtė
Giedra Radvilavičiūtė was born in 1960 in Panevėžys, Lithuania. After finishing secondary school in Panevėžys, she graduated from Vilnius University in 1983 with a degree in Lithuanian language and literature. After that, she worked for a few years as a school teacher in her native region of north Lithuania.
Portrait of Gunstein Bakke
Gunstein Bakke (b.1968) was born in Setesdal, a valley in Aust-Agder county in southern Norway. He made his authorial debut in 2000 with the novel Kontoret.
Selja Ahava (photo by Liisa Valonen)
Selja Ahava (b. 1974) is a Finnish author, dramaturge and a scriptwriter. Ahava’s acclaimed debut novel The Day the Whale Swam through London (2010) was a nominee for the Helsingin Sanomat Literary Prize, and it won the Laura Hirvisaari Prize (The Bookseller’s Literary Prize) in 2010.
Portrait of Afonso Cruz
Born in 1971 in Figueira da Foz, years later he would visit more than 60 countries. In 2008, he published his first novel, The Flesh of God: The Adventures of Conrado Fortes and Lola Benites, and a year later The Encyclopedia of World Story, which won the Camilo Castelo Branco Grand Prize.
Portrait of Mila Pavisevic
Mila Pavićević (b. 1988) was born in Dubrovnik. She reads Comparative literature and Greek language and literature at the Zagreb University. She received several literary awards for young writers in Croatia.  
Portrait of Sara Stridsberg
Sara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her breakthrough came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel. Her third novel, Darling River, was published in 2010.
Réka Mán-Várhegyi
Réka Mán-Várhegyi (1979) spent her childhood in Târgu Mureș, Romania, she moved to Hungary after the fall of the communist regime in 1990. She has been a Hungarian citizen since 1992. Currently she lives in Budapest, Hungary.
Portrait of Anna Kim
Anna Kim was born in 1977 in Daejeon, South Korea, moving to Germany in 1979, when her father took up an academic post in fine arts. Since then, she has returned to South Korea several times for short visits.
Portrait of Janis Jonevs
Born in 1980 in Jelgava, Latvia, Janis Jonevs was educated at the Jelgava State Gymnasium and the Latvian Academy of Culture where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Jonevs works as a copywriter and, since 2002, he has also worked as a reviewer and translator from French.
Portrait of Paavo Matsin
Having started his literary career with self-published experimental avant-garde poetry books, Paavo Matsin has moved on to very tense and naturalistic prose writing.
Stefan Bošković (c) Dado Ljaljević
Stefan Bošković was born in 1983 in Podgorica.
Portrait of Kallia Papadaki
Born in 1978 in the border town of Didymoteicho, she grew up in Thessaloniki and studied economics at Bard College and Brandeis University in the United States, and film at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens.
Portrait of Ioana Pârvulescu
Ioana Pârvulescu was born in Braşov, Romania, in 1960. She graduated from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, establishing herself as a distinct voice within literary circles. She is currently Professor and teaches modern literature at the same faculty.
Portrait of Magdalena Parys
Magdalena Parys (born 1971) is a poet, writer and translator. She is the founder of the Polish-German literary magazine Squaws, and a graduate of Polish philology and pedagogy at Humboldt University in Berlin.  
Portrait of Uglješa Šajtinac
Uglješa Šajtinac was born in 1971 in Zrenjanin. He graduated in 1999 from the Department of Dramaturgy, Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He won the Josip Kulundžič award for the best student of dramaturgy, as well as the Slobodan Selenić award for the best graduation text.
Myrto Azina Chronides (b.1961) was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. Since her early years, she has written many essays and poems. She won several literary prizes at the Pancyprian Gymnasium for poetry and prose, and published her first book, Hemerologion, at the age of fifteen.
Portrait of Kalin Terziyski
Kalin Terziiski was born in 1970 in Sofia. He graduated from medicine at the Medical Institute in Sofia, and for four years worked as a psychiatrist in the second largest psychiatric hospital in Bulgaria, the ‘St. Ivan Rilski’.
Portrait of Carl Frode Tiller
Carl Frode Tiller (b. 1970) is an author, historian and musician. His works are in Nynorsk (lit. "New Norwegian"), one of the two official Norwegian standard languages.
Portrait of Undinė Radzevičiūtė
Undinė Radzevičiūtė was born in 1967. She graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts where she studied art history, theory and criticism. She worked for ten years as a creative director for international advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett.
Portrait of Jasmin B. Frelih
Jasmin B. Frelih was born in Kranj, Slovenia, in 1986. He studied comparative literature, and literary theory and history, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.
Portrait of Jacek Dukaj
Jacek Dukaj (b. 1974) is one of Poland’s most interesting contemporary prose writers, whose books are always eagerly anticipated events. Dukaj studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. He successfully debuted at the age of 16 with a short story Złota Galera (Golden Galley).
Portrait of Lorenzo Amurri
Writer and musician Lorenzo Amurri was born in Rome in 1971. As a musician, he has collaborated with a variety of Italian artists including Tiromancino and Franco Califano. His life story is marked by a tragic skiing accident that made him a quadriplegic.
Matthias Nawrat © Sebastian Hänel
Matthias Nawrat was born in 1979 in Opole, Poland, and moved to Germany with his family at the age of 10. His first novel Wir zwei allein (The Two of Us Alone), published in 2012, was awarded the Literaturpreis of the Kanton of Bern 2012 and the Adelbert-von-ChamissoFörderpreis 2013.
Portrait of Milen Ruskov
Milen Ruskov (b.1966) is a Bulgarian writer and translator living in Sofia. He graduated in Bulgarian philology at Sofia University in 1995. After that, he was a PhD student in linguistics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2001, he has worked as a freelance translator from English for various publishers.
Portrait of Bjørn Rasmussen
Bjørn Rasmussen was born in 1983 and graduated from the Danish Playwright School in 2007 and from the Danish Writers’ School in 2011.
Portrait of Gabriela Babnik
Gabriela Babnik was born in 1979 in Göppingen, Germany. She completed her studies in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana in 2005, where she also obtained her Master’s degree on the modern Nigerian novel in 2010.
Portrait of Oddný Eir
Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir was born in 1972. She completed a doctoral minor degree at Sorbonne University, as well as carrying out research in Icelandic museum field studies.
Portrait of Peter Terrin
Peter Terrin (b.1968) represents a unique voice in contemporary Dutch-language literature, touching on universal and highly topical themes alike. Terrin, who has been described as ‘a master of ominous detail’, is considered by critics to be a literary maverick, a classic writer who doesn’t follow trends, and a masterful stylist.
Portrait of Paulus Hochgatterer
Paulus Hochgatterer, (b. 1961), lives as a writer and child therapist in Vienna. He has received various literary prizes and commendations, most recently the Elias Canetti Stipend of the town of Vienna, and is the author of several novels and story collections.
Portrait of Immanuel Mifsud
Immanuel Mifsud was born in Malta in 1967, the youngest in a working class family of eight children. He has been active on the literary scene since the age of 16, when he started writing poetry and co-founded the literary group Versarti.
Portrait of Tullio Forgiarini
Tullio Forgiarini was born in 1966 in Neudorf, Luxembourg, the son of an Italian father and a Luxembourgian mother. He studied history in Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Since 1989, he has been teaching history, Latin and geography at the Lycée du Nord in Wiltz, Luxembourg.
Portrait of Piotr Paziński
Piotr Paziński, born in 1973, is the author of three books: a monograph on James Joyce’s Ulysses, a subjective guide tracing the footsteps of Joyce's Dublin, and the novel Pensjonat, published in 2009 by the small Nisza Publishing House.
Portrait of Lidija Dimkovska
Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. She studied Comparative Literature at the University of Skopje and took a PhD in Romanian Literature at the University of Bucharest, Romania.
Portrait of Katri Lipson
Katri Lipson was born in Helsinki in 1965. After secondary school, she studied medicine in Sweden and graduated from the Medical School of Uppsala University in 1993. Since then, she has been working as a doctor in Sweden, Africa and Finland. She has always written, including fairytales, short stories, poems, plays and novels.
Portrait of Marica Bodrožić
Marica Bodrožić was born in 1973 in Svib, Croatia, in former Yugoslavia. She moved to Germany at the age of ten and learned German, which she now sees as her “second mother tongue”. German also became her language for creating literature. 
Picture of Romanian winner Tatiana Țîbuleac
Tatiana Țîbuleac was born in 1978 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova, and has Moldovan and Romanian nationality.
Portrait of Ófeigur Sigurðsson
Poet and author Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík on November 2, 1975. He has published six books of poetry and two novels.
Picture of Italian winner Giovanni Dozzini
Giovanni Dozzini was born in Perugia (1978) where he still lives today. He works as both a journalist and an interpreter. His articles have been published in several internationally acclaimed newspapers including “Europa”, “Huffington Post Italia”, “Pagina99”, “Onda Rock” and “Nazione Indiana”.
Portrait of Makis Tsitas
Makis Tsitas was born in Yiannitsa in 1971. He studied journalism in Thessaloniki and has worked in the radio industry.
Mudlum (c) Madli Lippur
Mudlum (Made Luiga), born on 31 July 1966, is an Estonian prose writer and a literary reviewer.
Portrait of Riku Korhonen
Riku Korhonen (b.1972) made his literary debut in 2003 and has quickly established himself as one of the central Finnish modern writers. He writes about serious and important topics, but in an entertaining style that brings his narrative skills to the fore.
Portrait of Iris Hanika
Iris Hanika (b.1962) was born in Würzburg and grew up in Bad Königshofen. In Berlin, where she’s been living since 1979, she studied Universal and Comparative Literature. She wrote her first book in the summer of 1989. Since 1998, she has been reviewing political books for the national newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Portrait of Kristian Bang Foss
Kristian Bang Foss was born in Denmark in 1977. After initially starting a BA in mathematics and physics, he graduated from the Danish Writers’ Academy in 2003.