Urska Sterle


Urska Sterle is award winning author of short fiction, translator, video artist and performer.  For her debut, a collection of short stories Vrsta za kosilo (Queuing for lunch), published by SKUC-Vizibilija, Ljubljana, 2006, she was nominated for the award Fabula for best collection of short fiction in Slovene literature in 2007. The same year she won Zlata ptica, an award for modern art. Her next book of short stories Konstantno vojno stanje (Constant Warefare) will be published in December 2010.

Apart from her writing and translating (Sarah Schulman, Djuna Barnes, Audre Lorde) she does political stand-up comedies and other performances. This year she is touring with her monodrama “Lezbicne pravljice, pravljice za lezbijke” (Lesbian fairytales, fairytales for lesbians).


'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.