Two candidates from the Czech Republic have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.
photo by Maria Schormová
Jan Škrob (1988, Prague) is a Czech poet and translator living in Prague. His three poetry collections are Pod dlažbou (Under the Pavement, 2016), Reál (Reality, 2018) and Země slunce (The Land of the Sun, 2021). German translations of selected poems by Martina Lisa and Jana Krötzsch appeared under the title off topic (hochroth, 2020), and he has contributed to a number of anthologies at home and abroad. Škrob has performed at several international events and festivals, including Novotvar (Bratislava, 2018), Transpoesie (Brussels, 2019) or Patras World Poetry Festival (Patras, 2022). He is a member of the Czech Writers Association (Asociace spisovatelů) and the Union of Independent Authors (Svaz nezávislých autorů). He is currently working on his fourth poetry collection exploring imagery, themes and contemporary mythologies of sea and seafaring. Read his work in translation on Versopolis and Lyrikline.
photo by Barbora Maršíček-Votavová
Marek Torčík is a poet, novelist and cultural journalist living in Prague. He holds an MA in Anglophone literatures and cultures from Charles University in Prague, and his debut poetry collection Rhizomy (Rhizomes) was published in 2016. His forthcoming novel Rozložíš paměť (Memory Burn), to be released in 2023, deals with the aftermath of trauma and the way memory shapes who we are and how we perceive others. He is currently working on his second novel, set in secluded parts of northern Moravia where history and myths return as reflections of current times.
The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are:
Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri
Krokodil, Belgrade: Ivana Maksić, Ognjen Aksentijević
Literature Across Frontiers, Caernarforn: Esyllt Angharad Lewis, Ruqaya Izzidien
Sandorf, Mljet: Marina Gudelj, Sven Popović
Slovene Writers' Association, Ljubljana: Tibor Hrs Pandur, Ajda Bračič, Sergej Harlamov
Thraka, Larissa: Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, Marios Chatziprokopiou