Floarea Țuțuianu [“Tsu-tsu-ya’-nu”] graduated from the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of the Fine Arts in Bucharest and turned to publishing poetry after the Romanian revolution at the end of 1989. She has published six books of poetry: The Fish Woman (Femeia pește, Editura Cartea Românească, 1996); Libresse oblige (Editura Crater, 1998); The Lion Mark (Leul Marcu, Editura Aritmos, 2000); a volume of selected and new poems, The Art of Seduction (Arta seducției, Editura Vinea, 2002); and Your Magnanimity (Mărinimia Ta, Editura Brumar, 2010). Recently, she compiled an anthology of her erotic poetry gathered from previous collections throughout her career, Sappho (Editura Cartea Românească, 2012). Țuțuianu has commented, “Sappho and Emily Dickinson are my favorite poets. I would like to live like Sappho and write like Emily. Or to live like Emily and write like Sappho.” Țuțuianu is a graphic designer at the Romanian Cultural Institute Publishing House in Bucharest, where she lives. She continues to work as a visual artist as well as a poet, and her numerous exhibits have appeared not only in Romania but also in Greece, France, Italy, Turkey, Israel, England, Holland, Germany, and Austria. In 2011, Adam J. Sorkin and Irma Giannetti published My Dog—the Soul/Câinele meu—sufletul, a dozen poems in a dual-language chapbook published in New Zealand from Cold Hub Press. Țuțuianu’s poems in Sorkin’s and Giannetti’s translations have appeared in notable poetry magazines in the U.S. and the U.K., including The Marlboro Review, Artful Dodge, Turnrow, Tampa Review, New Letters, Puerto del Sol, 5 AM, Diode, Poetry International, Blood Orange Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, St. Petersburg Review, and two anthologies, The Vanishing Point That Whistles: Contemporary Romanian Poetry, ed. Paul Doru Mugur, Sorkin and Claudia Serea (Talisman House, 2011), and Romanian Writers on Writing, ed. Norman Manea and Sanda Cordoș (Trinity University Press, 2011). Her poetry has also been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Czech, and Turkish. In 2007, she was awarded the Poetry Prize of the Lucian Blaga International Poetry Festival.
Born in Zlín, Czech Republic in 1967, Hana Andronikova studied English and Czech literature at Charles University in Prague. She turned to writing full time after many years of working in the corporate financial sector, and won instant acclaim for her first novel, The Sound of the Sundial (Knižní klub, 2001) receiving the Czech Book Club Literary Award and the Magnesia Litera Award for Best New Discovery in 2002. Her book of short stories, Heart on a Hook (Petrov, 2002), cemented her national literary reputation, and in 2007 she was sponsored by the U.S. State Department to attend the International Writing Program at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was particularly noted for her use of time as a structural element in the narrative, and her skill at conveying intimate and dramatic moments using terse sentences and fragments. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her return home. Her book Heaven Has No Ground (Odeon, 2010) is a personal chronicle of her fight with illness and the looming possibility of death. For this work, she won the Magnesia Litera again in 2011, but lost the battle for her life at the end of that same year. She was 44 years old.
Viktor Dyk was born in 1877 in Pškov near Mělník. He was a prominent Czech writer, poet, playwright, political writer and politician. He completed a degree in Law at Charles University in Prague. In 1907 he became an editor for the magazine Lumir, a literary journal that sought to elevate Czech literature to a global level… (click here for more)
Born in Biskoupky near Moravian Krumlov in 1900, Vitězslav Nezval was one of Czechoslovakia’s most influential literary figures in the first half of the Twentieth Century. This poet, playwright, writer, essayist and literary translator was a leading member of the Devětsil, a group of avant-garde artists and thinkers founded in 1920. (click here for more)