NEMA on Tour

In 2014, Matea Šimić of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop (SWW) launched the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian online culture journal NEMA. I spoke with her last summer about her vision for the publication—you can read about our conversation here.

Her aim is to create a hub for “
authentic voices loosely connected because they are new and different.” In fact, an interesting cross-borders community is growing up around the journal.

This summer, Matea took NEMA on tour, giving presentations in both Sarajevo and Zagreb. The events included live readings, appearances by contributors via video and audio, among other things. 

Several SWW writers gave readings during the Sarajevo presentation at Buybook Bookstore and Café, where our workshop held its first gatherings in 2012-2013. I joined Matea’s events via video, as did NEMA’s English Chapter editor Maire Ryan (also of SWW).

NEMA’s contribution is already a rich one. Not only is the journal serving readers, writers, and artists in the Balkans, but with the addition of an English chapter, it is also connecting with writers from places like the UK, US, and Venezuela, for instance. 

Stay tuned for some innovative artistic work out of NEMA in the coming months! 

For an accumulating archive of SWW writers’ work in NEMA, go to our SWW page here.

NEMA on Facebook.

NEMA on Twitter.

Photos of the events courtesy of NEMA. Reading live at Buybook were SWW’s Selma Asotić, Naida Avdović, Nermana Česko, and Kulović Selma.

The Borders Project: Sarajevo Writers' Workshop + Atlanta's Narrative Collective

The Borders Project: A Literary Collaboration
Narrative Collective + Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop


Last fall, two groups of writers to which I belong – Narrative Collective in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – decided to hold an online workshop and get to know each other, creating new poetry and prose under the heading The Borders Project. 

We worked in both English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and were able to discuss each other’s work, thanks to the heroic efforts of our SWW literary translator, also an editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal, Mirza Purić. In May, we gave a cross-borders reading in Atlanta with the SWW writers presenting via video.

Asymptote Journal has graciously allowed me to write about our ongoing project and the body of work we've produced.

The essay, "The Borders Project Reading," is up at Asymptote's blog today.

Photo by Vanja Čerimagić

Photo by Vanja Čerimagić

 



 

Background image by  Olivia Brozek.