August 9, 2018

September 3, 2018: E. Amato

“...unapologetic feminist, dulcet-toned poet, activist, film-maker, editor of Zestyverse”

~ Aki Schilz, LossLit

E. Amato is a digital nomad, published poet, award-winning screenwriter, and established performer. She has just released her third poetry collection Daughters of Invention and new editions of Swimming Through Amber, & Will Travel. Recently featured in KCET’s LA Letters as one of five emerging female writers, her poetry is included in Tia Chucha Press’ The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles, and the upcoming Voices from Leimert Park Redux: Los Angeles Anthology

Discover her on Twitter, Tumblr and Soundcloud.


May 14, 2018

June 4, 2018: Adeena Karasick & Olivier

Adeena Karasick is a New York based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of eight books of poetry and poetics. Her most recent work is Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), the libretto for her Spoken Word opera co-created with Grammy award winning composer, Sir Frank London. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.

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request of the artist


April 3, 2018

May 7, 2018: Franziska Ruprecht

Franziska Ruprecht has roots in American Poetry Slam and studied Creative Writing with Language Poets in Detroit, picking up the musicality and elements of rap; these are the underlying influences of her poems and song lyrics.

Communicating a strong femininity, playing with words, and inviting you to reflect are some of the main characteristics of her work. Franziska loves the stage. Her delivery on it has a somatic quality and presence. Through an interdisciplinary approach, with music, and a pinch of glitter it is possible that you will be touched!

March 6, 2018

April 2, 2018 Feature: How Literature Can Save the World


A Talk by Alex Went...
In which Went will wind his way through a number of hot topics including a) What is lasting about literature and how, far from being a shadow of reality, it can act as a disruptive influence, exposing the shadiness of the world through its own brilliance. b) literature as a store of value and a means of currency – call it the bookchain c) the new hope of literacy. And more, or less. Designed to provoke. Come one, come all.

February 6, 2018

March 5, 2018 Feature: Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet who lives in Vienna. His debut collection “Stopgap Grace” draws on years spent outside of Ireland where he has lived, worked and been a guest poet in places such as LA, Melbourne, Bucharest and NYC to name a few. He is also a veteran of 4 Prague Fringe Festivals where he performed with The Voice & The Verse ensemble. Fellow poet and friend Stephen Murray has described his book as “a love letter to the world on the eve of its destruction”. The collection “Stopgap Grace” is available from

December 28, 2017

February 5, 2018 Feature: Urban Space Epics

Urban Space Epics is a project started by author/programmer/performance-poet Darrell Jónsson in the 1980s as a framework to combine 20th century experimental film techniques, innovative music, and epic narrative chants with live expanded cinema. These sung stories along with expanded film techniques improvise within a Homeric structure to illustrate colorful trans-cultural adventures. Jónsson is an honorary member of the Northern California Light Artist Guild, a member of the Center for Visual Music and has published 4 chapbooks of poetry and short stories.A Kindle-eBook version of Jonsson's stories entitled XYL: The Spectacular Suicides of the Acrobats of Logic and Reason is available on Amazon. His musical collaboration with folklorist/musician Matej Kratochvil entitled Studio 17 Duets was recently released on the Czech-Finnish label Meteroismo.

XYL: The Spectacular Suicides of the Acrobats of Logic and Reason

Jónsson & Kratochvíl - Studio 17 Duets
The Alchemy Reading & Performance Series will leap past the first Monday of January, it being New Years Day. Our stellar 2018 season will begin on the first Monday in February. Look forward to a new year of inspiring presentations and a chance to share your creative work with others throughout 2018.

October 29, 2017

December 4, 2017 Feature: Venika Hartlyn

Venika Hartlyn is a young Czech singer-songwriter and pianist living in Olomouc. She is interested in popular music both as a performer and also as the postgraduate student of musicology at the Palackého University. Before she started composing her own material around her twenties, she used to perform covers of her favourite artists like Carole King or Hanson. She mostly play solo, but had a few gigs with a band and one of them took place in Jazz Tibet Club in Olomouc. 

Location: The ACT Prague. Na Kralovce 7, Vršovice, Prague 10

October 26, 2017

November 6, 2017: Susanne Kass

Susanne Kass is an intermedia artist working with text, performance, video and sound. Her main fields of interest are language and communication. She has a BA in Media Culture from the former Swedish Polytechnic in Finland and an MA from the Novia University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Finland, Germany, Australia and Mexico and lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Followed by Open mic poetry, prose, music and mayhem.
So good it will make your head explode.
Location: The ACT Prague.

October 2, 2017 feature: Debbie Liebenberg

Debbie is a Freelance English teacher for adults and a journalist for Ya-Ty Magazine. She is also an award-winning Toastmaster as she has won numerous ‘Best speaker’ awards as well as the trophy for second place in English improvised speaking where she represented the Bohemian Toastmaster’s Club in the 2016 Toastmaster’s Division L Conference in Bratislava. As the founder and chair of Scribbles & Giggles, a creative writing group in Prague, Debbie encourages writers to exercise their writing muscles and engage their creativity through creative writing exercises.