Photo by Nerma Sofić for The Borders Project, EuropeNow Journal, in response to "The Nation" by Selma Asotić

Photo by Nerma Sofić for The Borders Project, EuropeNow Journal, in response to "The Nation" by Selma Asotić

In 2012, Stacy launched the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop (SWW), a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

~ Beginning in late 2015, SWW partnered with Narrative Collective in Atlanta, Georgia, to create a literary collaboration called The Borders Project. In May 2016, the two groups gave a cross-borders reading at Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center -- SWW appeared via pre-recorded video; Narrative Collective read live. Stacy wrote about the reading on Asymptote Journal's blog here. The body of work created during the exchange was published last year, in English and in Mirza Purić's English translation, over a  six-month period in EuropeNow Journal as a special feature. Bosnian photographers also  participated in the feature, responding to the texts with images. A link to the feature's contents page is here. Pinned to the top is Stacy's introduction to The Borders Project. The collaboration, in which she was a participant, includes her short story, "Prague-Berlin Train." 

~ SWW’s work has been showcased by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP). With colleagues in Caracas, Venezuela, along with photographers in both cities, the workshop participated in IWP’s first Narrative Witness exchange. Stacy facilitated the writing workshops and served as editor of the multilingual collection, which is featured here. You can find her essay “Making Narrative Witness: A Caracas-Sarajevo Collaboration” on Asymptote Journal’s blog.

~ In Caracas, Contrapunto.com, QueLeer, and FicciónBreve Venezolana covered the Narrative Witness exchange. The project was also highlighted by Boston University's Creative Writing department.

~ The journal Real Pants put together a multilingual feature/history, using quotes from Narrative Witness participants.

~ SWW has led creative writing workshops for the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.

~ SWW translator Mirza Purić has served as editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal and is currently a contributing editor at EuropeNow. You can read some of his translations here, here, and here. In 2015, Mirza was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his translation of this excerpt from "Transatlantic Mail," the correspondence between Miljenko Jergović and Semezdin Mehmedinović, published in Asymptote Journal.

~ In 2014, SWW's Matea Šimić founded the online culture journal NEMA, featuring work in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and in English. Matea talked with Stacy about her vision for the journal

~ SWW's Selma Asoti
ć co-founded and co-edits the magazine for feminist theory and art, BONA, currently the only feminist magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

~ In 2013, H.O.W. Journal published the workshop’s poetry bilingually and included audio of the poets reading their work in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

~ You can also listen to SWW on their SoundCloud channel.

~ The workshop has given readings at their favorite watering hole, Galerija Boris Smoje, and, in 2013, performed their work, along with a folk band (with which Stacy sometimes sings), at the Sarajevo War Theatre (SARTR). The Sarajevo Times reviewed the SARTR performance here.

 

Background image by  Olivia Brozek.