June 20, 2005

Katerina Rudcenková

In 2003 Katerina Rudcenková was awarded the Hubert Burda Prize for young Eastern European poets.
Katerina has published three books of poems and a book of stories. Her poetry, prose, photos and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Convorbiri literare (Romania), Dum (Austria), Host, Lidové noviny, Manuskripte (Austria), Mladá fronta Dnes, and Tvar.

In 2004, her play "Frau in Blau" premiered in Cinoherní studio Ústí nad Labem. Recently, she is one of two Czech poets to be featured in "A Fine Line: New Poetry from Eastern and Central Europe" (Arc publications).

April 18, 2005

Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin is an English Professor at SUNY-Plattsburgh, upstate New York and translator of Portuguese to English. He has published 22 books of translations, mostly Portuguese poetry, including Portugal’s best known and most popular living poet, Eugenio de Andrade.

Levitin has won two National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships, as well as receiving a Fullbright and Rockefeller Foundation residency. He has done numerous readings and is an engaging speaker on the art of translation and the beauty of Portuguese poetry.

January 3, 2005

Ken Nash

Ken Nash spent his youth following a long family tradition of working for the Mongolian State Circus. He toured extensively throughout Asia and Europe caring for the circus’s renowned performing elephants and albino crocodiles. To pass the time during long tours, he made up stories and sang to the animals.

Serchmaa Byambaa, a fortune teller at the renowned Ulan Bator Circus School in Mongolia, predicted Ken would one day live in Czechoslovakia organizing literary and performance events. Ten years later, Ken found himself living in Prague, working as a cartoonist, illustrator and animator. He soon started organizing the Alchemy Reading & Performance Series. Ken still enjoys writing stories and singing for elephants, though.

Ken will be reading from his yet to be completed short story collection The Brain Harvest, and performing original music along with the Quagmire Ensemble. You can view Ken’s illustration and cartoon work online at www.KenNash.com.  Click here for an interview with Ken Nash by Radio Praha