Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (November 6, 1919 – July 2, 2004) was a Portuguese writer. Born to a wealthy family, she studied  Classical Philology at the Universidade de Lisboa. Sophia was actively involved in Catholic movements, and openly oposed Salazar’s dictatorship.  She had five children, one of whom is the writer Miguel Sousa Tavares. A documentary about…

Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya

Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya (Nadezhda Dmitryevna Khvoshchinskaya/ Надежда Дмитриевна Хвощинская, May 20, 1824 – June 8, 1889), was a Russian writer. Nadezhda received most of their education at home from private tutors. She wrote under the pseudonym V. Krestovsky, and formed a productive literary partnership with her sister, the writer Sofia Khvoshchinskaya. The two published fiction and translated books to support…

Doris Kareva

Doris Kareva (1958) is an Estonian writer. She studied Roman-Germanic philology at the University of Tartu, and worked as the literary editor of the cultural weekly Sirp. From 1992 to 2008, Kareva has served as Secretary General of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO. Currently, she is an editor for the literary journal Looming, and works as a translator. Books In…

Nora Ikstena

Nora Ikstena (1969) is a Latvian writer. She studied Philology at the University of Latvia, and English literature at Columbia University. She is a co-founder of the International Writers and Translators’ House in Ventspils. Awards Baltic Assembly Prize in literature Books In English Life Stories, tr.  Margita Gailitis (2013. Original: Dzīves stāsti, 2004) Soviet Milk, tr.  Margita…

Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė

Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė (1976) is a Lithuanian writer. She studied Lithuanian literature and philology at Vilnius University, and worked as freelance journalist. Since 2004, she is a member of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union. Awards EU Prize for Literature in 2009 for her novel Kvėpavimas į marmurą (2006. In English: Breathing into Marble, tr. Marija Marcinkute, 2016) Books In English Breathing into Marble, tr. Marija Marcinkute,…

Julián Herbert

Julián Herbert (1971) is a Mexican writer. He studied Spanish literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. He works as a lecturer and musician, and was the vocalist of the rock bands Los Tigres de Borges and Madrastras. Awards Premio Nacional de Literatura Gilberto Owen (2003) Presea Manuel Acuña (2004) Premio Nacional de Cuento Juan José Arreola (2006) Premio Nacional de Cuento Agustín Yáñez (2008)…

Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf (Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf, 20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish writer. She received her education at home and later, against her father’s will, completed her studies to become a teacher at the Royal Women’s Teaching Academy in Stockholm. She then worked as a schoolteacher at a high school for girls, from 1885 to…

Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk (1962) is a Polish writer. She studied Psychology at the University of Warsaw, and later worked as therapist. She now runs the small publishing company Ruta. Awards Nike Award (2008) for Flights, tr. Jennifer Croft (2017. Original: Bieguni, 2007) Nike Award (2015) for Księgi jakubowe (The Books of Jacob) Brückepreis (2015) for the promotion of peace, democratic development and mutual understanding in Europe Man Booker International Prize…

Hilda Hilst

Hilda Hilst (Hilda de Almeida Prado Hilst, April 21, 1930—February 4th, 2004) was a Brazilian writer. She studied Law at the University of São Paulo (USP). There, she met her lifelong friend, the Brazilian writer Lygia Fagundes Telles. In 1966, she moved into a house at the contryside, near Campinas, where she lived secluded for the…

G. B. Stern

G. B. Stern (Gladys Bronwyn Stern, born Gladys Bertha Stern, 17 June 1890 – 20 September 1973) was an English writer. She was schooled in England until the age of 16, when she traveled with her parents to the continent and studied in Germany and Switzerland. She was a long-time friend of Rebecca West. Born in a liberal…

Ricardo Domeneck

Ricardo Domeneck (1977) is a Brazilian writer, performer, and visual artist. He studied Philosophy at the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), but later dropped out and joined a theatre group. He now lives in Berlin, and is one of the co-founders of the a collective of artists  “Kute Bash”. Domeneck is also the co-editor of the Brazilian poetry…

Victor Heringer

Victor Heringer (Victor Doblas Heringer, 1988 – 2018) was a Brazilian writer. He studied Literature at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and earned a master’s degree from the same institution. Awards Winner of the Prêmio Jabuti (2013) for Glória Shorlisted for the Prêmio São Paulo Prize de Literatura (2016) for O amor dos homens avulsos Shortlisted…

Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim (born Mary Annette Beauchamp, 31 August 1866 – 9 February 1941) was an Australian-born British writer. When she was three years old, the family went to England, where she was raised. After her first marriage, she became Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and later Elizabeth Russell – Countess Russell, after her second marriage. She also…

Ana Cristina César

Ana Cristina César (1952 – 1983) was a Brazilian writer. She studied Literature at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), and earned a master’s degree in Communication from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), as well as a master’s degree in Literary Translation from the University of Essex. Ana Cristina César worked as translator,…

Daniela Hodrová

Daniela Hodrová (5 July 1946) is a Czech writer. She graduated in Czech, Russian and French, and completed her postgraduate studies in comparative literature at Charles University. She worked as an editor at Odeon publishing house, and since 1975 she works at the Institute for Czech Literature at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Hodrová is…

Alejandra Pizarnik

Alejandra Pizarnik (April 29, 1936 – September 25, 1972) was an Argentine writer. She studied literature and philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, but never completed her studies. Between 1960 and 1964, she lived in Paris, where she worked for the magazine Cuadernos and studied History of Religion and French Literature at the Sorbonne. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968…

Cora Coralina

Cora Coralina (pseudonym of Anna Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto Bretas. August 20, 1889 – April 10, 1985) was a Brazilian writer. She married early, raised six children, and spent her life working as a confectioner in a small bakery. After the death of her husband, she published her first book. Books In Portuguese Poemas dos Becos…

Adelaide Ivánova

Adelaide Ivánova (1982) is a Brazilian writer. She is a journalist and activist working with poetry, photography, translation, and publishing.  She is the editor of the anarchist-feminist zine MAIS PORNÔ, PVFR!., and writes on  her website. She lives and works between Cologne and Berlin. Books In English Anthologies  your + 1, edited by Ricardo Domeneck (2015). alba londres…