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Katja Gorečan

Slovenian poet Next

(born in 1989)

Born in Celje, Slovenia, in 1989, she studied comparative literature and literary theory, graduating from the University of Ljubljana. The subject of her dissertation was the feminist choreopoetry of an African American poet and playwright Ntozake Shange. Currently, Gorečan is completing her master’s studies in playwriting and stagecraft at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television in Ljubljana.

In 2007, Gorečan published a volume of poetry entitled Angeli istega porekla (Angels of the Same Origin), and in 2012 – her second book of poetry called Trpljenje mlade Hane (The Sorrows of Young Hana), which was nominated for the Slovenian Jenko’s Poetry Prize, while its author was invited to take part in the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM). In November 2017, her third volume appeared under the title Neke noči neke deklice nekje umirajo (One Night Some Girls Somewhere Are Dying). Gorečan’s poems have been translated into Czech, Maltese, Basque, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, English, Lithuanian, Polish, Serbian, French, and German; in the latter version they are published in a periodical anthology of young Slovenian poetry issued by the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin. She is one of the authors associated with the ‘Versopolis’ European poetry platform.

Gorečan took part in numerous international festivals of poetry, for instance, in the ‘Prague Microfestival’ and the ‘Month of Authors’ in Prague (Czech Republic), ‘Found in Translation’ Festival in Gdańsk (Polska), or ‘Druskininkai Poetic Fall’ (Lithuania). She is also a member of the organizing committee of the Pranger Festival of Poetry in Slovenia. As a playwright, she is the co-author of a play entitled Ada, which was staged by the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana; as a literary scholar, she publishes articles and studies on feminist poetry, drama, and performance.

 

Photo: Daniel Djamo