Hopscotch Reading Room is delighted to welcome four special thinkers, writers and performers who have chosen to call Berlin home and a magical guest who is 'passing through'.
Lee Ann Brown (USA) was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of Other Archer, which also appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archere (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015), In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, as well as Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999). In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry. She is visiting us from the UK where she is is now the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University.
Ricardo Domeneck (Brazil/Germany) is a poet, short fiction writer and essayist. He has published eight volumes of poetry and two volumes of prose. His poems, short stories and essays have appeared in magazines in Brazil and abroad. Working also with video and sound poetry, he has performed in galleries and museums such as Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid) and Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexico City), and he was among the artists who prepared billboard-pieces for the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, U.S., in 2013. A bilingual anthology of his poems was translated by Odile Kennel and released in Germany with the title ‘Körper: ein Handbuch’ (Verlagshaus Berlin, 2013).
Michael Salu (England/Nigeria) is a writer, artist and award-winning creative director. His fiction, non-fiction and art have appeared in a broad range of publications.
Senthuran Varatharajah (Sri Lanka/Germany) studied philosophy, theology and comparative cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin and London. His debut novel Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen was published in March 2016 by S. Fischer for which he received among others the Bremer Literaturföderpreis, the Adalbert-von-Chamisso-Förderpreis, the Rauriser Literaturpreis and the Alfred-Döblin-Stipendium from the Berlin Academy of Arts.
Jae Yoo (South Korea/England) is a violinist. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, she has been involved in projects with ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta and the London Contemporary Orchestra, and has had chamber music performances broadcast live on Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio France and BBC Radio 3. Jae is currently based in Berlin, and has forayed into the 'other' side, composing and producing as one half of electronic-duo MATTOKÌND.
We thank the tireless efforts of Ricardo Domeneck with helping put the evening together.