Two candidates from Serbia have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.
Ognjen Aksentijević (1994, Leskovac, Serbia) graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade at the Department for Serbian Literature with South-Slavonic Literatures, and later obtained his Master’s Degree at the same university. He published two books of poetry: Mind on the Sea, Death on the Back (2017), and The Fled Birds Reserve (2021). His poetry is translated to English, Greek and Slovenian. He is one of the founders and an editor at Rashtan Publishing.
Ivana Maksić was born in 1984 in Kragujevac. She graduated from The University of Novi Sad – The Department of English Language and Literature where she completed her Masters of Art. She writes poetry, prose fragments, nonfiction and translates from English. She has published poetry books: O telo tvori me (Oh Body Em-body Me, 2011), Izvan komunikacije (Beyond Communication, 2013), and Kćeri, zar ne vidiš da gorim (Daughter, Can’t You See I’m Burning, 2020) which was shortlisted for Dušan Vasiljev Award and Vasko Popa Award in 2021. Her texts have been published in various anthologies and collections, regional literary magazines and periodicals, as well as in the UK and the USA. Her poetry has been translated into English, Italian, Slovenian and Greek (selections) and her most recent book Kćeri, zar ne vidiš da gorim (Treći Trg, 2020) is currently being translated to German. Maksić took part in literary festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Poligon, 2021), Serbia (AFŽ Novi Sad, 2020; World Poetry Day, Belgrade, 2016), Italy (Palabra en el mundo Venezia, 2020), Croatia (SUR, 2019), Kosovo (POLIP, 2019) and Slovenia (IGNOR, 2018) and was the co-editor of two collections of poetry (REZ, 2016; Do zuba u vremenu, 2014;). She works as a writer, a freelance translator (Association of Literary Translators of Serbia) and an international online English teacher.
The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are:
Culture Reset, Prague: Jan Škrob, Marek Torčík
Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri
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