Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop featured in H.O.W. Journal

The Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, launched by Stacy Mattingly (Fiction 2011) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, makes its bilingual publication debut in H.O.W. Journal as curated by poet and editor Catherine Pond. The posting includes work by 8 of the workshop poets, appearing in both Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and in English translation, along with audio links to the poets reading their work. Mirza Puric provides a wonderful Translator’s Note about his experience with the group.

Stacy Mattingly traveled to the Balkans on a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship in Fiction in 2011 to research a novel-in-progress. She stayed for three months, largely in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having learned from established Bosnian writers that no real precedent existed in BiH for an ongoing creative writing workshop, she made moves to facilitate one. With the encouragement of many generous people, including PEN Centre of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the group started holding meetings in 2012 at the distinguished bookshop/cafe Buybook. They have given public readings/performances. This is their first publication.

Congratulations, Stacy, and congrats to everyone in the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop!

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