FVG Pride 2021



Gorizia—Nova Gorica

Not just words

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Literature between Slovenia and Italy

in collaboration with GO!2025, Škuc, and R/Esistenze

Language: Slovenian and Italian

Three poets and a novelist, as well as LGBTQIA* activists, will present their works in the evocative setting of Piazzutta, in Gorizia.

Kristina Hočevar (1977) is a poet  and a teacher of Slovene Language and Literature. She has written seven books of poetry; received the Golden Bird Award and the Jenko Prize. In 2014, Zavod Gulag published a three-way art book combining her poetry and original graphics by G. Krnc. Hočevar is also one of the poets at platform Versopolis. Her poetry has been translated into 15 languages and published in magazines and anthologies abroad. She also takes on different roles in collaborating with a collective Lesbian Quarter. During quarantine time last April a musician from Rome surprised her by making music for one of her poems. In February 2021 she had her first solo exhibition in Škuc Gallery titled Rujenje / Half of a C / C 的一半 , some material about it can be found at  www.rujenje.xyz. 

Brane Mozetič (1958) is a Slovenian poet, writer, editor of the LGBT book series  «Lambda» and translator from French (Rimbaud, Genet, Foucault), best known as an author of homoerotic literature. His oeuvre extends to 15 poetry collections, a book of short stories, three novels and six children’s picture books. He has edited four anthologies of LGBT literature and several presentations of contemporary Slovenian literature. He has more than fifty books in translation, his poetry collection Banalije (Banalities, 2003) alone being translated into twelve languages, making him one of the most translated contemporary Slovenian authors. He also organises translation workshops, readings of Slovenian authors abroad, a small literary and music festival Living Literature, the Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival, etc. His book Unfinished Sketches of a Revolution (Talisman House, 2018) was a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay poetry. In Italy were published three poetry books, a novel, short stories and two picture books for children.

Milan Šelj (1960), poet and translator, graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 1985 (Comparative Literature and Sociology). Milan has been living and working in London since 1992. He has published four books of poetry so far (all published by ŠKUC-Lambda in Ljubljana). His latest collection, Tracing the Unspoken has been published by A Midsummer Night’s Press in New York in 2019 in English translation and an illustrated collection of poems for children, Kosmatice was published last year. His poetry has been translated into several languages. A substantial selection of his poems in Italian translation by Jolka Milič appeared in the Magazine Fili d’aquilone (No. 46, April/June 2017).

Suzana Tratnik (1963) is a sociologist, writer, translator, publicist, and  lesbian activist. She published seven collections of short stories, five novels, the children’s picture book as well as a monodrama, a radio play, memoirs, and two expertises: one on the lesbian movement in Slovenia, and another on lesbian literature. She received the national Prešeren Foundation Award for Literature in 2007, Novo mesto short Award for best short fiction in 2017, and Desetnica Award for best youth fiction in 2018. Her books and short stories have been translated in more than twenty-five languages, while she herself has translated several books of British and American fiction and non-fiction. A selection of her stories was published in Italian: Massima discrezione (Zoe edizioni, Forlí 2009).

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