Ulysses' Shelter: building writers-in-residence network

organizes literary residences for young writers, translators and editors. The project will begin at the end of 2018 at three locations - in Ljubljana, Larissa and in Pomena on the island of Mljet, organized by Sandorf publishing house from Zagreb, in partnership with Slovenian Writers' Society (DSP) from Ljubljana and publishing house Thraka from Larissa. Each resident will spend three weeks on each location from December 2018 to October 2019, and the idea of the project is to gradually extend the network of partners to other European countries in the future and to bring together artists from around the world and expose the creative potential of various European locations. Tovar.hr is the main means of informing about the Ulysses' Shelter project - about the residents, their work, and events within the project (readings, workshops, conferences and social events with residents).

Ulysses' Shelter laureate for 2023

As a part of Ulysses' Shelter 3 project, Sandorf introduced a special feature to popularize the project among the European literary audience and to give importance to the emerging Croatian writers and poets: each year of the project, Sandorf will choose one laureate among the previous Croatian residents of the Ulysses' Shelter project. The chosen laureate for that year will travel to several destinations of the project partners' countries and present their work at the partners' literary festivals and other events. The laureate for 2023 is a poet Lara Mitraković, who was the Croatian participant in the Ulysses' Shelter network of literary residencies in 2019. 


Lara Mitraković (Komiža) has a master's degree in Croatian language and literature and Sociology. Her poetry has been published in several magazines (Tema, Poezija, Artikulacije...), anthologies (Hrvatska mlada lirika 2 (DHK, 2015), Rukopisi 41, Ekofeminizam. Izmađu zelenih i ženskih studija (Durieux, 2020)...) and on portals (Kritična masa, Strane, Astronaut.ba...). She is one of the members of the literary group 90+. She participated in the residential project Ulysses' Shelter in 2019, during which she stayed in Mljet, Ljubljana and Larissa. So far, she has published the books Brojanje porešaka (award of the City of Karlovac Zdravko Pucak, 2016), together with other members of the literary group 90+, the anthology Netko podvikne, djeca odrastu (Fraktura, 2018) and Dva puta za jug (Fraktura, 2019). She participated in various literary and music festivals (International Literature Festival in Timisoara (2018), Thessaloniki Book Fair (2019), Slovenian Book Fair in Ljubljana (2019), ZenBazen in Sveti Ivan Zelina, Indirekt in Umag (2019), Feminizam je za sve in Zagreb (2020), Festival of World Literature in Zagreb (2020)), and for Women's Day 2021, together with 17 other authors, she was published in the activist audio-collection Bez zastoja, bez straha, which is credited to the Platform for Reproductive Justice. Her poems have been translated into Romanian, Slovenian, Greek, Czech and French.


author photo by Anto Magzan



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