December 1, 2008

Flanna Sheridan


The keyboard player, lead singer and songwriter of Ocean Versus Daughter. Flanna began her music career in Prague playing with the nearly legendary Arms and the Boy. Formerly of Virginia, USA has lived in Prague for 27 years. She is currently a student at Charles University.



Flanna Sheridan's websites:
http://www.myspace.com/oceanversusdaughter video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSiWm7lambc
http://flanna.blogspot.com/

November 3, 2008

Jaya Savige

Jaya Savige is a poet, critic and editor from Australia, and a 2008/9 Gates Scholar at Cambridge University (Christ's). He was born in Sydney, and raised on an island in south-east Queensland. latecomers (UQP 2005), a poetry collection, was the recipient of several prizes in Australia including the Kenneth Slessor Prize (NSW Premier's Award for Poetry).

He is the poetry consultant to the Australian Literary Review, supplement of The Australian newspaper, and writes for several Australian publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review. His visit is made possible by the aid of traveling scholarships from the Brisbane City Council and Marten Bequest.

"The poems in latecomers go beyond what we take for granted these days in a first collection: refinement of language and cadence, allusiveness, wit. Moving easily through abstract wonders and the streets of the inner city, they return for nourishment to family and "the Island" as a test always of what is native and endures." David Malouf

October 6, 2008

Annie Clarkson

Annie Clarkson is a poet and short story writer from Manchester, UK. She grew up in a small mill town and draws a lot of her inspiration from post industrial northern towns and her work as a social worker. Her chapbook collection of prose poetry was published in 2007 by shadowtrain books.

She has had poetry and short fiction published on the internet and in magazines and anthologies. She loves collaborating and has worked with photographers, printmakers and other writers to develop new pieces of work.

'Clarkson composes her poetry from tenderness, sexuality and courage, exploring taboo places in the human psyche. That she does so and does so fearlessly is a testament to her compassion and understanding of the everyday fears and uncertainties we experience as humans.’ – Geraldine Green, poet

September 1, 2008

Jeremy Saxon

Jeremy first came to Prague in 1993. He has performed in most of the watering holes of this city, including many which now exist only in the memories of their long-ago patrons.

Jeremy's parents were urban folksingers and sang to their children during car trips - often songs that included the gory deaths of heroes and lovers. He wrote his first song at age seven, while he and his brother were riding bikes to the store for candy and comic books.

Receiving an FM radio at a vulnerable age, just when San Francisco underground stations were hitting their stride, he was exposed to rare gems of Soul, Roots and Hippie Rock musics. His songwriting and performing influences include Randy Newman, Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Fats Domino, along with the usual suspects: Dylan, Bowie, the Beatles and Stones.

As Jeremy has matured as an artist, he's been drawn more toward Roots musics. He has recently included a spate of country songs in his performance (another step toward his goal of "ever stronger, ever simpler").

Now, on the basis of an eight-week sojourn to Southwest Louisiana, he seems to have found a new home in Cajun country and will soon be leaving Prague -- so come listen and say good bayou to Jeremy.

More (including music samples) at www.jeremysaxon.com

July 7, 2008

Charles Webel

Charles Webel has taught social science and philosophy at UC Berkeley, Saybrook Graduate School, and Harvard University. He is series editor of Twenty-First Century Perspectives on War, Peace, and Human Conflict and the author of Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition (Macmillan). His most recent book, written along with David P. Barash, is Peace and Conflict Studies (Sage) will be published in July.

"Charles Webel has provided a stunning analysis of terror in terms of its psychological, social, and political impact. He also has important ideas about how to confront it. This is a major work that forces us to deal with our fears and the politicians who prey upon them." - Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University

June 2, 2008

Peter Orner

Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo (Little, Brown, 2006), and the story collection, Esther Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2001).

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller, won the Bard Fiction Prize and is being translated into French, Italian, and German. The novel is set in Namibia where Orner lived and worked in the early 1990's.

Esther Stories was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award.

Orner has published fiction in the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Southern Review, and various other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and the Pushcart Prize Annual. Orner has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. See more at www.peterorner.net

May 5, 2008

Susie Asado (Josepha Conrad)

Susie Asado is a poem by Gertrude Stein. This Susie Asado is Josepha Conrad. She is not a poem although she likes to write them. She also likes Gertrude Stein. So much is apparent. Josepha writes songs and she will sing them for you. Happily. Her songs are about geographic challenges about borders and border patrol about falling in love with border patrol and with countries and that is more than one country.

She likes places such as Mexico although she has never been. She likes the word. She likes Olympia. For the O and the grandeur of it. She likes Berlin. She lives there. Her hometowns are Frankfurt am Main and Chicago and she also suffers from Chief Niwot's Curse having laid her eyes on the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains.

Yes, she is superstitious. And she drinks a lot of tea. "Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea. Susie Asado." Her debut Album "Hello Antenna", which is about all the above mentioned, is being released by lolila (www.lolila.de) in March of 2008. Yeah!

Photo credit: Anja Conrad

April 7, 2008

Julian Gough

Julian Gough is the author of the critically acclaimed Juno & Juliet, published by Flamingo in 2001. He is also the lead singer of Toasted Heretic, which had a top ten hit in Ireland with Galway and Los Angeles, a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor. He now lives in Berlin.

Julian recently won BBC Radio 4's National Short Story Award and the winning story features as the prologue to Jude: Level 1. Publicity will include several festival appearances (Galway, GLA,S Charleston, Dromineer); BBC and RTE radio and television interviews and features in national broadsheets and magazines.

Julian has already appeared as a guest on Ireland's most popular chat show The Late Late Show on Friday, May 4th. More information can be found at www.juliangough.com

March 3, 2008

Anthony Marais

Anthony Marais was born in Hollywood, California in 1966. During the 1980s he co-founded a Los Angeles pop-group called "The Squids," before heading to Paris to study language and art history. Later, he studied anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, focusing on the prehistory of Polynesia; and then at Simon Fraser University in Canada where he holds a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and wrote a thesis on fortifications in Tonga.

Since 1995, he has been living in Germany where he teaches screenwriting and is an active part of cinema and literary communities. His writing focuses on culture, alchemy and the tendency of people to follow delusions. He is author of The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Californians, Delusionism, a screenplay Plateau, and a novel, The Cure.

Anthony will be accompanied by Ludmila Sovadinová on viola.
Website: www.anthonymarais.com

January 7, 2008

Labyrinth

Labyrinth (Association of English-Language Poets in Vienna) presents a performance of erotic and other poetry in English and German, with music, featuring Hugh Donohue, Evelyn Holloway, Susanne Toth, Peter Waugh and Janus Zeitstein. Website at: www.labyrinthpoetry.com