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11:11 Press

11:11 Press is an American independent literary publisher based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2018, 11:11 publishes innovative literature of all forms and varieties. We believe in the freedom of artistic expression, the realization of creative potential, and the transcendental power of stories. As a publisher, we share the artist's vision with the world. When an author lives according to their true self, their art encourages others to do the same. That’s why we take creative work so seriously, because art and literature has the power to change lives. Our philosophy is simple. As the publisher, we are the invisible hand, and the written word is the invisible school. You, the artist, are the teachers of your truth. In this way, we lean on one another to spread a culture of curiosity and creativity with those ready to take a leap of faith.

see also: Andrew J. Wilt

adO/Aptive: Daniel Hüttler & Janina Weißengruber with music by /eni

The adO/Aptive group is a name for multiple projects, ranging from reading groups to artistic exhibitions, conferences, academic papers etc. For Prague Microfestival, they have prepared an experimental Archeology video that explores the remains of a giant corpse found ashore after the "Big_Melt"

adO/Aptive foments critical thinking, potential action, communication and Otherness by adopting techniques to situate adaptive processes.

Janina Weißengruber is a philosopher and artist

„/eni“ is the name under which the Vienna-based multimedia artist Maximiliane Leni Arman shares her music, developed from creating atmospheric soundscapes for her video works into an independent approach

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Aleš Čermák

Aleš Čermák (*1984) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Intermedia Work II / Jiří Příhoda School. He has spent one semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He is the founder of Ausdruck Books publishing house. His work is primarily based on text and image in the widest sense of the word as an engaged antipole of lived reality. The artist creates publications, exhibition and dramatic situations dealing with globalized sociopolitical conditions and their relation to the driving force of the individual or the community. He has introduced his work in the Czech Republic and abroad; for instance at the International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. He has cooperated on theater projects withPrague’s MeetFactory, Studio ALTA and NoD experimental space.
Web: https://alescermak.blogspot.com/?m=1
Twitter: @ausdruck_books

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Aljaž Koprivnikar

Aljaž Koprivnikar, poet, literary critic, editor and producer. He regularly cooperates with various Slovenian and international literary organizations. His poetry debut, Ανατομία, was published in 2019 with the Greek publishing house Vakxikon, and in the same year, Anatomija was published by the Center for Slovenian Literature. Otherwise, his poems have been published in various literary journals or anthologies and translated into English, Czech, Greek, Croatian, German, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish. Currently, he is living between several cities; Ljubljana, Berlin, Prague and Lisbon. To the first, he returns to Slovene literature and to organise the International Critics’ Symposium “The Art of Criticism”, Festival of World Literatures Fabula, Slovenian book days and International literary festival Vilenica; in the second he prepares an Anthology of young Slovene literature in German translation; in the third, he is one of the program directors of the International literary festival Prague Microfestival and in the last he often teaches at the Faculdade de Letras. He is currently preparing a new poetry collection for the Greek literary market.

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Andrew J. Wilt

Andrew Wilt has been working professionally in writing for over a decade. As a student, he was the founder and editor-in-chief of a university sponsored alternative newspaper. Since, he has worked in education, the corporate world as a writer and editor, and has lead writing workshops. Andrew is the author of Age of Agility: The New Tools for Career Success, which is currently being used as a textbook in universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. 11:11 Press is a combination of Andrew’s passion and purpose: writing, business, providing opportunities to underdog artists, and fostering engagement in the arts.

see also: 11:11 Press

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Artis Ostups

Artis Ostups (1988) is the author of the poetry collections Comrade Snow (Biedrs Sniegs), Photography and Scissors (Fotografija un škeres), and Gestures (Žesti). In addition to poetry, he writes literary criticism. He is a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art, and a doctoral student of Literature and Cultural Research at the University of Tartu. Ostups is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Punctum. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Estonian and Croatian.

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Friday 30 October

Autopoetik

Autopoetik conjures up a universe of utopian soundscapes which are formed in a maelstrom of improvisatory responses to prerecorded samples, loops and field recordings. Instead of treating the field recordings merely as an ambient background, they are approached as an active ingredient of the emerging soundscape as their texture coincides with the dynamics and energy which gushes forth from the randomly formed connections between sounds. Autopoetik often performs in tandem with VJ Eli Anders and his second album EZY6266 inspired by the sounds produced by airplanes and air travel was released on the Meteorismo label in 2019.

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Friday 30 October

David Vichnar

David Vichnar (*1983) is senior lecturer at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University Prague. He is also active as an editor, publisher and translator. His publications include Joyce Against Theory (2010) and Subtexts: Essays on Fiction (2015), his edited publications include Hypermedia Joyce (2010), Thresholds (2011), Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague (2012) and Terrain: Essays on the New Poetics (2014). He is active as translator both from/into English: he has translated into English Philippe Sollers’ H (from French) and Melchior Vischer’s Second through Brain (from German), as well as Louis Armand’s Snídaně o půlnoci (English-Czech). He has been active as programme director of the annual Prague Microfestival and manages Litteraria Pragensia Books and Equus Press. He was also active (2006-2016) as editor-in-chief of Hypermedia Joyce Studies, the first online journal of Joyce scholarship. His articles on contemporary experimental writers as well as translations of contemporary poetry and fiction—Czech, German, French and Anglophone—have appeared in numerous journals and magazines.

 

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Dragana Mokan

Dragana Mokan lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. She is the author of the poetry collection How My Time Has Gone By (2003) and the short story collection Play Them Some Soft Music (2019). She has won numerous literary awards and was the finalist in the poetry and short story competitions Alma (Belgrade) and Giuseppe Gioachino Belli (Rome). Her poems and short stories have been published in many magazines and online portals in the Balkans and across Europe.

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Friday 30 October

Dustin Breitling

He is one of the founders of Diffractions Collective. He has curated Thanatropic Regressions (2014), an installation which focused on the implications of accelerationism approached through the theoretical prism of geo-philosophy, and was co-organizer of Frontiers of Solitude project (2016), the Reinventing Horizons conference (2016), and the Wyrdpatchworkshop I-IV (2018-2019). He is co-editor of Reinventing Horizons (display, 2016) and Allegorithms (Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2017) and is curating a series Gaming the Aftermath.

"The Passion According to Omnicide"

A film influenced by the works of Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H. and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh's Omnicide. Narration by Anja Kaufmann. Original Sound from Valerio Tricoli's Clonic Earth and Lucy Railton's Paradise 94.

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Enis Maci

Enis Maci, *1993, is the author of the essay collection Eiscafé Europa (edition suhrkamp) and of several plays, most recently WÜST (November 2020 at Theater Bremen). She has received several awards for her work. In 2021, she will be a fellow at Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul as well as at the Villa Aurora in L.A.

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Friday 30 October

Germán Sierra

Germán Sierra is a writer and neuroscientist living in Spain. He has authored seven books of fiction in Spanish, and one in English, The Artifact, published in 2018 by Inside the Castle.

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Jo Blin

Jo Blin is an angry immigrant and a multimedia artist currently based in Prague. Her work takes various forms to explore and obsess about current social & political issues, contemporary human behaviors and the absurdity inherent to her own practice. Often lost in light pre-apocalyptic thoughts, her experiments, images and words go from bold statements to vain protests, unheard prayers, and powerlessness-infused self-portraits. But don’t worry, she’s okay.

Post-Glitch Delirium 

Post-Glitch Delirium is a confused video collage stitching together current anxieties, information distortions, performative anomalies, misunderstandings, troubled poetry and aimless protests.

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John Trefry

John Trefry is an architect in Lawrence, Kansas, United States where he also edits Inside the Castle, a small press for literature in the expanded field. After receiving his architectural education, he practiced architecture with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects for 13 years and has been teaching architecture at the University of Kansas for 8 years. He has written two novels, Plats and Apparitions of the Living, and a caprice, Thy Decay Thou Seest By Thy Desire. He is currently working on a third novel, Massive, and a nonfiction poem, Inanimism.

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Saturday 31 October

Johnny Pulp

Johnny Pulp aka Richard Marshall writes, paints and talks. He has written 11 novels (including Palomares Bomb Grrlsand Manga Bastards), 1 collection of short stories and 2 collections of philosophy interviews. He has written many essays and reviews for 3ammagazine as contributing editor from 2000 to 2019. His paintings are usually acrylic on discarded cardboard or prints and they are usually about tough decisions from previous nights.

He is currently running the philosophy and art website 3:16 where he has interviewed over 400 philosophers and showcases some of his daubs. He is still biding his time.

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Sunday 1 November

Kira Pietrek

Kira Pietrek (born 1983) – a poet from Poznań who is also into graphics, illustration and advertising. She had her debut in the anthology Słynni i Świetni (2008). For her book Język korzyści (2010) she received the Wrocław ‘Silesius’ Poetry Award in the category of ‘Debut of the Year’. For her second book, Statystyki (2013), she was presented with the Stanisław Barańczak Literary Award for significant and innovative achievement in the field of literature, the humanities and in popularising literary culture (the award is given to artists below the age of 35). The poet also won the Scholarship of Albrecht Lempp in Berlin in 2017.

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Friday 30 October

Loretta Lau

Loretta Lau was born in British Hong Kong. In 2018, she established herself in Prague as a political performance artist. Her relocating made her join one of the most recent waves of diaspora of the post-80’s generation. Recently, her projects comment with distinctive meditative-poetical methods on politically sensitive topics, spanning from the coronavirus crisis, through actual Hong Kong protests to the role of women in contemporary society. Her works are searching the boundaries between political and personal identities, which are now exhibiting throughout Europe.

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Louis Armand

is a Prague writer, theorist & visual artist. His novels include, among  others, Vampyr (2020), GlassHouse (2018), The Combinations (Equus, 2016), Abacus (2015). His theoretical works include Videology (2015), Solicitations (2013), Event States (2007), and others. In addition, he is the author of eleven collections of poetry — most recently Monument (with John Kinsella, 2020), East Broadway Rundown (2015), and others. He is formerly an editor of VLAK magazine & Directs the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University, Prague.

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Manuel Marrero

Manuel Marrero

Manuel Marrero is the founder/editor-in-chief of Expat Press, est. 2013. He is the author of the novels Thousands of Lies (2015) and NOT YET (2019). He's worked in education, led multilingual zine-making workshops abroad, and has been practicing DIY ethos as long as he's been in letters. With a ramshackle team, Expat Press has produced and published 16 books, three zines, one record, and has featured a piece of literature on expatpress.com every day since the pandemic began except for one. His aim with Expat Press is to champion literature in the adventurous tradition of Barney Rosset and Grove Press. 

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Mark Horvath & Adam Lovasz

Mark Horvath & Adam Lovasz

Mark Horvath
is a philosopher and researcher who lives in Budapest. He is a co-founder and co-editor of Absentology, a Facebook page dedicated to philosophy and weird science, and Poli-p, a Hungarian posthumanist collective. His areas of interest include posthumanism, digital studies, speculative realism, pessimism, nihilism, finitude, and the anthropocene. He has published ten books, including two monographs in English.
 
Adam Lovasz
is an Australian-born philosopher based in Hungary. A co-founder of Absentology, a center for collaboration and interdisciplinary philosophical inquiry, Adam is currently a PhD student enrolled in the Ethics and Political Philosophy Program at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, his interests include continental philosophy, embodiment, phenomenology, posthumanism and speculative realism. He is author and co-author of numerous books.

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Michael John Rowland

Michael John Rowland has been working on numerous painted and written projects from his Prague-based studio over the past 13 years. Michael mistrusts language and everything that comes out of everybody’s mouth including his own. When he does use words he tends to have as much fun with them as possible. When he is painting or collage making and not writing he feels very little difference between these acts of sign making. He works with the Zvlášť Collective in Prague and the international project known as The Alt*Art Society.

 ZOOM

Text from a novel in progress entitled ‘The Unnameable Object’ The spoken word element is all nostalgic reflection of a Prague long gone. This in contrast to the video collage illustrating our current state of frustrating restrictions and our primary method of virtual communication. Covid fatigue is setting in and the director/author is scrabbling together his roots before all sense of self is severed and the luxury of rationality is erased from society forever.

Ten of Swords

Spoken word and video collage of The Ten of Swords as taken from Michael John Rowland's Tarot book 'Infinity in Bits'.The Ten of Swords represents something akin to a philosophical revolution on the back of a dreadful experience. Michael took the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as a jumping board for his reflections on this card. According to Kabbalistic theory, only a full understanding and subsequent balancing of the ten Sephiroth can help us achieve enlightenment and be truly free to 'rejoice without shame'.

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Nataša Velikonja

Nataša Velikonja (1967), sociologist, poet, essayist, translator, lesbian activist. She has published six books of poetry; her first poetry collection Abonma (Subscription / 1994) is considered to be the first openly lesbian poetry collection in Slovenia. She is also the author of five books of essays and scientific papers, two of them co-authored with Tatjana Greif. She has translated about twenty books of lesbian and gay theory, and radical social criticism, as well as theories of architecture and design. She received the Prešeren Award for her undergraduate thesis in 1993, the Župančič Award for her literary work in 2016, and the International literary award KONS in 2018.

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Nina Dragičević

Nina Dragičević is a poet, essayist, composer and a holder of the Master’s degree in Sociology. She is the author of four books: the novel Kdo ima druge skrbi (Who’s Got Other Concerns, 2014), essayist monographs Slavne neznane (Famous Unknowns, 2016) and Med njima je glasba (There Is Music Between Them, 2017) as well as the long poem Ljubav reče greva (Love Says Let’s Go, 2019). In 2019, she was the author in focus at the international festival of contemporary arts The City of Women. Nina is a member of the Slovenian Writers’ Association. In 2018, she won The Knight of Poetry competition, and was the first in its history to receive both the Jury Award and the People’s Choice award. The same year she was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Ljubljana. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the European award Palma Ars Acustica. Her poetry book Love Says Let’s Go was in 2019 shortlisted for both the Veronika and the Jenko Award.

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NØIR

In the summer of 2018, Dominika Malenovská founded NØIR Dance Company, which is a group for everyone who wants to dance and improve in modern, neoclassic or contemporary dance techniques. We do not make any differences and our classes can be attended by any dance enthusiast. Our public performances include Dance festival Zlín (2 times), International Day of Dance in shopping mall Eurovea (Bratislava), Ball of Faculty of Arts (Comenius University in Bratislava), Fashion LIVE! (Bratislava, performance for Boris Hanečka collection AU!) and more. In November we hosted our premiere ABSURD.DITY which included all our choreographies. Also, we performed choreography O.T.R.A. at festival Drama Queer in Bratislava.

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Sunday 1 November

Orkida Braculla

The project called "The flatmates" is run by Orkida Braculla (AL) & Valentina Sandoval (ARG), multidisciplinary artists based in Prague, who intertwine audio-visual performance and politically engaged installations.

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Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins works mainly in poetry, visual art & performance. They co-run Hesterglock Press & its Prote(s)xt imprint with Sarer Scotthorne. They also curate events, run creative writing workshops, collaborate with & support SJ Fowler’s Poem Brut project as a performer, artist & publisher. They’ve written a number of books, some collaborative, some not. The most recent is Go Sift Omen (2019). Their work has been exhibited widely. KF&S Press will publish EACHWHAT, a collection of their visual work; text art, poem brut & collage later this year.

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Saturday 31 October

Phillip O'Neil

Born in London, Philip O’Neil worked as a journalist for two decades after reading history at Liverpool University and journalism at The London College of Printing. He worked as a travel journalist based in Antwerp, Belgium before moving to Prague in 1992. He was cast in plays for Prague’s ‘Exposure’ group and ‘Misery Loves Company’. He moved to Romania in 1998 and then Alaska, returning to London to work as assistant editor and feature writer for ‘The Institute for War and Peace Reporting’ covering events in The Balkans and the Caucasus. Returning to Prague in 2009 he wrote a monthly column for The Prague Review and has published his poetry in a number of publications including Scarlet Leaf Review, Wilderness House Review, and Suisun Valley Review. Mental Shrapnel, based partly in Prague, is his first novel and will be launched as part of PMF 2020. He is currently writing a second, set in the Czech Republic.

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Richard Makin

Richard Makin is a writer and artist. He studied painting at the Royal Academy, London. His publications include the fictions Concussion Protocols (Alienist), Mourning (Equus Press), Dwelling (Reality Street), Forword (Equipage) and Universlipre (Equipage). His next novel is Work, to be published by Equus during 2021; excerpts from this book are serialized online by the publisher and have appeared in Golden Handcuffs Review and Tears in the Fence. He is a regular contributor to Alienist magazine. A further work of fiction, Martian, is forthcoming from if p then q. Richard lives at St Leonards on the south coast of England.

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Saturday 31 October
Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay is director of the UK publisher Urbanomic and editor of its journal Collapse, has written and spoken on philosophy and art, worked with a number of artists developing cross-disciplinary projects, and has translated essays and monographs of French philosophy, including Alain Badiou’s Number and Numbers, François Laruelle’s The Concept of Non-Photography and Anti-Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux’s The Number and the Siren, and Éric Alliez’s The Brain-Eye.

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Roksan Mandel

She is a Turkish pianist, songwriter and an improviser. She has been living in Prague for two years, playing piano for different bands and at poetry events. After completing four years in the Improv Collective Ensemble in Boston, MA, she found that musical improvisation is her favorite way of communicating and building connections with people. In addition to improvising, Roksan composes original songs both in Turkish and English languages.

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Sunday 1 November

Sarer Scotthorne

Sarer Scotthorne is a poet and a physical performer, she played Gregor in her twenties in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, shape shifting into a young man, a beetle and back to herself. She now performs poetry and moves between mother, pacifist, poet and martial artist. She co-runs Hesterglock Press and has two publications, The Blood House and Semblance. She is co-editing the anthology Writing Utopia and her full collection Meta Mutter is due out in spring 2020. She teaches Wutan martial arts in Bristol UK.

see also: Paul Hawkins

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Saturday 31 October

Sheila Mannix

Sheila Mannix is based in Cork, Ireland. A regular at Cork's SoundEye Festival of innovative and experimental poetry, sound and performance, she has been widely published in Irish, British and American journals including gorse, Shearsman, Tears in the Fence and Tripwire: a journal of poetics. Two chapbooks - "female corpse' and 'Lashed across the Skies' - are available free from online poetry publisher Smithereens Press and a third chapbook, 'Dual Poet Reader: One' is available from hardPressed Poetry. She has been  a 'Featured Writer' in Trinity College Dublin's literary magazine Icarus and is included in Martin Corless-Smith's 2018 Free Poetry Series anthology of contemporary innovative Irish poets edited by Ellen Dillon. 

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Friday 30 October
Simone Hutchinson

Simone Hutchinson

Simone Hutchinson co-directs Hedera Felix, an independent publisher of experimental literature and visual art. She founded the press in 2018 with the inaugural issue of Mycelia, a magazine dedicated to the weird and the eerie. Hedera Felix also publishes SisM, an online-only magazine devoted to digital work made using time-based and code-based media. She has collaborated in collective publishing for an art writing pamphlet series inspired by Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Millennium. Mycelia published Issue 3 in February 2020. SisM will open for submissions later this year.

TW: @FelixHedera IG: @hederafelixcic

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Tyko Say

is a late night and early morning commuter who is fascinated by the placement of newspaper (in hands on the metro). He is the founder of OBJECT:PARADISE which is a Prague-based language collective focusing on and highlighting the pragmatics of language use in tandem with sound and performance. For Microfestival, he will present his project OBJECT:PRAHA which is an analogue mash of happenings, readings, cryings, screamings, nakedings, and teethings that have occured in Prague from 2018-2020. You may follow his work at @ tykosay and @ objectparadise.

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Saturday 31 October