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Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Laura Serkosalo

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Laura Serkolsalo (b. 1974) is the director of the Finnish non-profit literary organization Nuoren Voiman Liitto (NVL).

She’s been in literary projects for 10 years coordinating multiple literature and multi-art concepts and events.


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Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Mark C. Marino

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Marc C. Marino is a writer and scholar of digital literature living in Los Angeles. He is the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization.

His works include “Living Will,” “a show of hands,” and “Marginalia in the Library of Babel.” He was one of ten co-authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); GOTO 10  (MIT 2013) and was a collaborator with Jessica Pressman and Jeremy Douglass on Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa Press 2015).

Mark is currently working with his two children on a series of interactive children’s stories entitled Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House. He is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab.

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Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Elena Schmitz

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Elena Schmitz has over ten year’s experience of working in the Welsh arts and literature sector and is based in Cardiff.

She is Head of Programmes at Literature Wales and part of the Senior Management Team and has been with the organisation for over seven years.

She has overseen and managed many different literature projects, including the Young People’s Writing Squads, the Dinefwr Literature Festival and the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations. She has been involved in a number of international projects and exchanges, most recently a project with Canadian spoken word poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali.

She’s particularly interested in developing younger audiences through outreach work and works closely with her colleagues on new forms of engagement, such as developing Youth Slams in South Wales.

Originally from Osnabrueck in North Germany, Elena came to the UK in 2004 as part of her MA in British Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. Prior to this she gained an MA in English Linguistics/Literature and Communication Studies at Essen University. She has worked for various visual arts organisations in Cardiff before joining Literature Wales, including Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art, Wales Arts International, g39 Gallery and Chapter Arts Centre.

Elena Schmitz appeared at the CROWD INTRE:FACE Conference with the support of the British Council in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, UK as part of the International Literature Showcase.

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Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Tobias J. Koch

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Tobias Koch (1988) was born in Berlin and has ever since found himself somewhere in the Baltic Sea Region.

Currently he is based in Tallinn. In October 2015 he started working for ARS BALTICA in order to support project development and make literature and online-media a more prominent part of ARS BALTICA.

He is also a translator from Danish to German.

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Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Max Höfler

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Max Höfler was born in 1978, and lives in Graz as a writer, artist and literature representative of FORUM STADTPARK. He studied German, philosophy and history of art and was awarded his doctoral degree for a thesis about post-Wittgenstein aesthetics.

Max Höfler writes experimental prose and is regularly published in literary journals, anthologies and newspapers. For his debut “Texas as text title” he was awarded several scholarships and prizes.

Since 2009, Max Höfler has organised and curated about 30 literature events, festivals, projects and symposia at FORUM STADTPARK, to which he has invited more than 70 artists from the German-speaking area and beyond. The focus of his programme is on contemporary experimental writing techniques which further explore the approaches of the classical avant-garde and neo-avant- garde in the ever-present now. In the formulation of his programmes, he places value on combining experimental forms with political questions.

Glory Hole is a Video-Installation on the outer walls of the FORUM Stadtpark, in the city-park of Graz.


Artistic Career
1.)Since 2010, curator of the international radio-art network radia
2.) Since 2009, literature representative of FORUM STADTPARK
3.) Since 2009, freelance writer
4.) 2009-2011, committee member of the net-art association
5.) Since 2009, literature programme horch hoch 2 on Radio Helsinki, Graz
6.) 2005, founding of the group of artists R.A.P1.2 (Red Army Participle 1 squared)
7.) 2005, founding of the semi-virtual home gallery GG44
8.) Since 2000, regular publications in literary journals and anthologies

Curatorial Activities (Selection)
9.) post – circular sent to all households in Graz and designed by authors and artists, Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
10.) chain reaction – 6-hour live radio-art programme, São Paulo Biennale and Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
11.) extra – Series of readings presenting contemporary experimental literature.
Forum Stadtpark, since 2010.
12.) radia – Art-radio programmes for the worldwide radio-art network radia, since 2010.
13.) Kolumne p – Literature symposium, Forum Stadtpark, 2010.
14.) texttontage (text tone days) – Festival for texts and tones where each author works together with a composer/ musician to create a piece of work. Forum Stadtpark, since 2009.

Literary Publications (Selection)
– wies is is (How it is). Ritter, 2014.
– texas als texttitel (Texas as text title). A raving comedy novel. Ritter, 2010.
– EXTRAKT. forum stadtpark literatur 2010 – 2012. Verlag Forum Stadtpark 2012, (editor).
– post. Verlag Forum Stadtpark 2012, (editor).
 als wie ich noch der waldheimatbub gewesen war. In: Alphabet der Kindheit (Alphabet of Childhood), Leykam, 2012. (Anthology)
– How to build a magnificent Boom-Boom. In: A Global Visuage, edition ch, 2012, (anthology).
– How to build a magnificent Boom-Boom. In: monchrom #26-34. Ye Olde Self-Referentiality, 2010 (anthology).
– herz aus stahl (heart of steel). Novel. In: Revue nach neunundvierzig Nummern perspektive. Sonderzahl Wien, 2006 (anthology).

Academic Publications (Selection)
– Vom absolut Gewöhnlichen und dem für gewöhnlich Absoluten (The Ordinary and the Absolute. Aesthetics in term of Wittgenstein.) Aesthetics according to Wittgenstein. Doctoral thesis, 2011.
– Möglichkeitsräume des biographischen Schreibens (Spatial possibilities of biographical writing). In: Erinnerung, Gedächtnis, Geschichtsbewältigung (Reminisence, memory and coming to terms with history). Österreichische Literatur der neunziger Jahre (Austrian literature of the nineties), Lodz 2001.

Artistic Activities (Selection)
– chain reaction – 6-hour live radio-art programme, São Paulo Biennale and Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
– Artsbirthday, radio art, Ö1 (art radio) and gallery ESC, 2010.
– XLR. Network and radio art. Galerija Kapelica, Ljubjana, 2009.

Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Jazra Khaleed

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Jazra Khaleed (b. 1979 in Grosny, Chechnya) is an Athens-based poet, translator and editor.

His works are protests against the injustices in contemporary Greece, especially the growing xenophobia and racism.

His poems have been widely translated for publications in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan. He is co-editor of the poetry magazine TEFLON, where he publishes his own translations and essays.


Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Peter Dietze

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Peter Dietze (*1987 in Dresden, GDR) lives in Berlin. His poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Germany and abroad.

He is one of the editors of the German-Czech-Slovakian anthology and the literary magazine Randnummer.

Since 2013 he is part of the Berlin based artists network KOOK and organizer of several literary projects and events in Berlin, latest: “CLOUDPOESIE – Dichtung für die vernetzte Gesellschaft” (CLOUDPOETRY – Poetry for the connected society). In 2016 he is receiving a work stipend from the Berlin Senate.



One is a CROWD – Artur Becker

Literature as a European Mothertongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who will be involved in the CROWD omnibus reading tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors travelling through 15 European countries. We asked them three questions based on text production, reception and mediation. In case you always wanted to know how a literary activist in Verden looks like, meet Artur Becker!

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