Adisa Bašić was born in 1979 in Sarajevo. She has a degree in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Human Rights and Democracy. She spent a year in Germany on a DAAD grant studying German and Media at Phlipps University in Marburg. She has travelled widely and has participated in a number of literary encounters in Bosnia and abroad. In 2003 she spent four months travelling in the USA together with other young writers from conflict-ridden countries and has gave readings from San Francisco to Boston. She works as a journalist in the culture section of Slobodna Bosna weekly, the largest circulation Bosnian daily, where she has a literary column.
Adisa Bašić has published two poetry collections, Hava’s Sentences (1999) and Trauma Market (2004). Her poetry and literary criticism have been published in leading magazines in the region, including Sarajevske sveske, Novi pogledi and Treci trg. Her story "To Survive Hitchhiking"was awarded at UNESCO competition for best short stories of young writers from South-Eastern Europe, while her second book Trauma market was selected for best poetry collection at International Publisher's Encounters “Voyage to the Center of Europe” in Pazin, Croatia, awarded with a one-month fellowship in Graz, Austria.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.