We (Sarajevo Writers' Workshop) are so very honored to be featured in this gorgeous spread by Tamara Zablocka in the March issue of URBAN Magazin. I did an interview for the piece, discussing our history as well as our collaborations with Atlanta's Narrative Collective (The Borders Project, published in EuropeNow Journal) and with our dear colleagues in Caracas, Venezuela (Narrative Witness), via the International Writing Program. Our Mirza Purić translated the interview.
The article includes images by Sarajevo photographers with whom we've collaborated (Nerma Sofić, Vanja Čerimagić, Merisa Basić) and texts by some of us (poetry by Selma Asotić and Zerina Zahirović, prose by Dijala Hasanbegović). With special thanks to The Goat Farm Arts Center -- where Narrative Collective is in residence and for which I am writer-at-large -- for hosting our Borders reading and to poet Ferida Duraković for being such a supportive friend over these years. The piece quotes a beautiful piece by Fedosy Santaella of Caracas -- his essay "Trees of Sarajevo." In Mariela Matos Smith's English translation, the opening reads, "Sarajevo is so far from us. I will never go there, it is so far away. Maybe I should get myself a map and fold it in order to bring Caracas closer to Sarajevo. A poem by Montejo dreams of Iceland. I have taken to dreaming of Sarajevo." Moving words.