Visegrad Literary Residences – autumn 2016

On September 1, scholarship stays began in Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow and Prague as part of the next edition of the international project “Visegrad Literary Residencies 2016”. Four artists came to Krakow to spend three months here and implement their projects, participate in meetings with authors and literary events. This year, Villa Decius will host András Imreh – a Hungarian poet, translator, lecturer and editor, and Patrik Oriešek – a Slovak writer and translator. The Czech Republic will be represented by Sára Vybíralová, and Poland by writer Żanna Słoniowska. We wish all project participants a fruitful stay!

András Imreh (1966)

Hungarian poet, translator, lecturer, editor. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Humanities at ELTE University in Budapest. He later worked as a journalist and English teacher. András Imreh has published many books of poetry and translations; he is also the winner of many grants and awards. He took first third and then first place in the national translation competition of the HOLMI magazine, and also received, among others, the Soros Prize for Poetry (1998), the Wessely Prize for Translators (1999), the István Vas Prize for Poetry (2002) and the Zsigmond Móricz Prize for Writers (2000). He was also a writer and translator-in-residence in Vancouver, Palma de Mallorca and Buenos Aires, and received a three-month grant named after Snorri Sturluson for his stay in Reykjavík in 2011. During his stay at the Villa of Decius, András Imreh, in addition to completing a new book of poetry and supplementing it with poems about Central Europe, would like to achieve two goals. One of them is to establish contact with Polish literary and social life, and the second is to publish an issue of the Nagyvilág magazine about contemporary Polish poetry.

Patrik Oriešek (1977)

Slovak writer, translator and discussion moderator. He studied Ukrainian and Bulgarian philology at the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and comparative literature at the University of Bratislava. After graduating, he worked as a playwright and editor at the Slovak Radio and Television (RTVS). He published articles and translations. After receiving a scholarship from the Villa Decius Association, Patrick Oriešek intends to write a series of texts on the history of Ukraine and the Central European ideological contexts of Ukraine in connection with the Russian conceptualization of Ukraine as a state and cultural space.

Żanna Słoniowska (1978)

Translator, writer. She studied at the Institute of Editing of the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv. Żanna Słoniowska worked as a lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and a scriptwriter for historical programs on the TVP Historia channel, and has published numerous articles, including: in “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Rzeczypospolita” and “Tygodnik Powszechny”. In 2011, she received the second prize for the short story “Iwona” in the competition for the best prose work at the University of Gdańsk, and three years later she was awarded the first prize in the competition for the best unpublished novel for the book “House with Stained Glass”, which was later published by the publishing house Sign. During her stay at Villa Decius, Żanna Słoniowska plans to research the figure of the Polish-Ukrainian painter Leon Getz, who will play an important role in her next novel “Lonely and Naked”.

Sára Vybíralová (1986)

Czech writer and translator. She studied at the Faculty of Philosophy and Art at Charles University in Prague. He is currently participating in a dual PhD program at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. It publishes prose, poetry, reviews, criticism, essays and translations. During his stay at Villa Decius, he plans to work on new texts for the collection of short stories.

The Visegrad Literary Residencies program

is an initiative of the International Visegrad Fund, which is a series of residency stays and literary events. The addressees are writers, poets, essayists, critics, literary translators and journalists from the Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary). The program is based on the partnership of four Host Institutions from each V4 country: Institutu umeni in Prague, Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum in Budapest, Villa Decius Association in Krakow and Literarné informačné centrum in Bratislava.

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