The Enchanting Poet - János Marno (ISSUE XXVII)
János Marno was born in 1949, and writing, reading (and drawing) were taught to him by his mother and grandmother way before he would have started school. It was his mother who contaminated him with the passion of reading, probably that's why he also started to write so early. “I don't know whether I am going to be able to give up on these passions before dying”, he says.
Editor's Choice - János Térey (ISSUE XXVII)
János Térey (1970) is arguably one of the most prolific and dynamic creative artist in Hungarian literature today. His energy and drive have repeatedly proved able to bring up to date and breathe new life into poetic genres that were forgotten and believed dead. Drawn to longer narratives, he wrote a novel in verse, Paulus, and a play-ballad, A Nibelung-lakópark (The Nibelung Housing Estate). The language of his poetry, which is one of the most distinct voices in contemporary Hungarian literature, has added a unique dash of color to contemporary European verse.
The Enchanting Poet - Frédéric Jacques Temple (ISSUE XXVIII)
Frédéric Jacques Temple lives in the south of France, near Montpellier where he was born in 1921. Nature, yet intact in his youth, of the rough and nearly desertic Larzac, the ponds of the mediterranean littoral, and also his numerous travels, have inspired his works. Frédéric Jacques Temple received in 2003 the Grand prix de poésie de la SGDL (Société des gens de lettres) and in 2013 the prix Apollinaire, seen as the prix Goncourt of poetry. He is a member of the comité d'honneur de la Maison internationale des poètes et des écrivains at Saint-Malo.
Editor's Choice - Tanella Boni (ISSUE XXVIII)
Tanella Boni was born and brought up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, before going to University in Toulouse and then Paris. She is now a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Abidjan (Cocody). She was the President of the Ivory Coast Writers Association from 1991 to 1997 and is often invited to address international conferences on poetry, the arts and literature. In 2005, she received the Ahmadou Kourouma Prize for her novel Matins de couvre-feu (Editions du Serpent à plumes, Paris 2005). Her poetry collections include amongst others Labyrinthe (Editions Akpagnon, 1984); Grains de sable (Le bruit des autres, 1993); Gorée île baobab (Le bruit des autres, Ecrits des Forges, 2004), Là où il fait si clair en moi (Éditions Bruno Doucey, 2017). A selection of her poems appeared in English translation by Patrick Williamson in The Parley Tree: Poets from French-speaking Africa and the Arab World (ed. Patrick Williamson, Arc Publications, 2012). She has also published novels, short stories and children’s literature. Tanella Boni has lived in Abidjan for more than twenty years.