Roman Kostovski, Director
Roman Kostovski has a B.A. in Russian Language and International Relations from the College of William and Mary, and an M.A. in Russian Language and Linguistics from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Lecturer of Czech Certification from Charles University in Prague. He has taught Czech at George Washington University and worked as a Central and Southeastern European Media Analyst at Georgetown University. He translates poetry and prose from Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, and Slovak into English. His translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Absinthe-New European Writings and Watchword Press. His translation of Arnost Lustig’s Porgess was published by Northwestern University Press in 2006, and his translation of Viktor Dyk’s Czech classic The Ratcatcher was published by Plamen Press in 2014. He founded Plamen Press in 2013, a print-on-demand publishing house for the promotion of literature from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe throughout the English-speaking world. He works and resides in Washington, D.C.
Rachel Miranda Feingold, Translation Editor
Rachel Feingold was born in Zurich, Switzerland, immigrated to the US at the age of eight, and has lived largely in Connecticut. She relocated to Washington, DC in 2014, after completing an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature at the Bennington Writing Seminars. She received her B.A. in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University, and has since written and edited literary and scholarly works ranging from historical retrospectives and memoirs to poetry, novels, and plays. In addition to her current editing work for Plamen Press and her freelance clients, she coordinates literary events in the region, and is writing a novel about the immigrant experience. She was the recipient of a 2015 Vaclav Havel Writing Fellowship to research the biography of Czech author Hana Andronikova in Prague. Her fiction has been published in The Bennington Review and in the anthology Seeking Its Own Level, which was named a Top-Five Finalist for Best Anthology in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.