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An Evening of Slovenian Literature

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Come celebrate the launch of Trafika Europe 5 – Slovenian Interlude, with top visiting Slovenian poets, Aleš Šteger and Tone Škrjanec. They will be joined on stage by Tess Lewis, reading from her new translations of Maja Haderlap, the "lyrical voice of Slovenian Austrians".

Aleš Šteger is the most translated poet of Slovenia; his poetry, prose and essays have been translated into ten languages, appeared in hundreds of periodicals including the Times Literary Supplement and The New Yorker, and garnered numerous prizes. 

Tone Škrjanec has been the organizer of a major Slovenian poetry festival. In addition to his exciting poetry, he also translates poems and novels from English, Croatian and Serbian.

Tess Lewis is former Board member of the National Book Critics Circle; Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review, and has recently served as curator of the Festival Neue Literature (the premiere annual festival of German literature in NYC). She’s received much recognition and support for her translations, including a Guggenheim Foundation award, Max Geilinger Translation Award, National Endowment of the Arts Translation Fellowship, PEN USA award, and English PEN award. 

She will be reading from Maja Haderlap’s Angel of Oblivion, a novel about the Slovenian minority trapped in Austria during WWII. This beautifully lyrical work in translation has just won the Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize for 2015, and enjoys its English-language debut in Trafika Europe. She will also read from Maja Haderlap’s poetry.


This event immediately follows the New Literature from Europe Festival (in various venues around NYC November 6-8).

Hosted by Andrew SingerDirector of Trafika Europe