About the editors, authors bzw. contributors
Armine Asryan (Nane Sevunts)
I was born and grew up in a little village in Armenia. After my mom and dad divorced and my mom remarried, we moved to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. I have lived there ever since.
My characters are born from my personal life and reflect my story. However, writing gives me space to be imaginative and create a life that is different from reality. Creativity, imagination, and challenges – these are the things that drive me to write.
Mostly Uruguayan. My passion for languages inspired me to become a translator; my passion for medicine and caring led me to pursue nursing; and, my passion for free fruit and pies prompted me to turn into a runner. Just trying my best.
Marilin Guerrero Casas
My name is Marilin Guerrero, but you can call me Mary. I live in Cuba, a beautiful island in the Caribbean full of many cheerful and friendly people you can easily call your family. I’m 29 but I can tell you that I still feel like I’m 20 years old. So you may agree with me that the first step to stay young is to believe it. I’m a language teacher, translator, social media content writer, bookstagrammer and shortly I’ll become a youtuber. What a crazy thing! The fact is that I’m a multi-tasking person and I love all this creativity growing inside of me. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and French and an online master’s degree in TEFL. I love writing, reading books, learning and teaching languages, listening to music and sharing time with my friends. I’m a very determined, responsible perfectionist, as well as hard-working, sociable and funny. But above all, I think my greatest gift is to face life with a never-ending smile. I have always had this strong desire to write, so I hope to finish my own book in the near future. At the moment, I am working in a foreign publishing house where I feel at ease as a professional and can combine perfectly my passion for reading and writing. I like to visit historical and cultural spots, so learning about other people’s lifestyles is something I’m always interested in. What I love the most about writing is that I can truly spread my wings and fly, letting my emotions roam free to touch someone else, someone I may or may not know. It’s there where the real magic lies.
Seyit Ali Dastan
Seyit is a researcher based in Turkey, specialized in the politics and economics of energy supply. But in a different universe, he translates, while also liking literature and thinking about stories, scripts, and poems, which he doesn’t dare to write. When he was a little kid, he wondered whether the image in the mirror was real and he was the image. Now, Seyit is concerned that he may be a robot as he barely proves to be a human in the CAPTCHA tests.
Greetings from the Bavarian hinterlands! I have worked as a translator for most of my life and seem to be quite a bit better at it than writing. There are a lot of options in life, and none of them are particularly good, but you make the best of it. Nothing will be fundamentally different next week or next year. Radical changes will not bring results even remotely as radical in any emotional, psychological or material sense. Lie on your back, stretch your arms up and inhale through your nose for ten seconds and then exhale through it for ten seconds as well. Time and again. Then go back to doing what you were doing before – it will get better.
Javier is a writer and translator from Argentina who likes to travel to distant lands in search of adventures. Sometimes he wishes he could be a pirate or a ninja. He has been writing flash fiction, short stories and poetry in English and Spanish since the ancient era of grunge and flannel shirts. His work has been published in both languages in several anthologies and magazines and longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. He was once a bearded lady on stage and would like to do that again some day.
Jonay Quintero Hernández
Obituary. In loving memory of Jonay Quintero Hernández (1978 – 2020), tender husband and father to a turtle, a dog and a 7-year-old (not in that order). Finally, as of today, he has made the decision to move to another neighborhood and no longer torture others with his pointless stories.
When alive and after earning a university degree in English Philology and performing a miscellanea of different duties, he became a translator of English and French into Spanish, letting a wide audience of 600 million Spanish speakers learn what is so great about Shakespeare and Moliere. Ignoring the pleas of his friends and family not to do so, he also got involved in writing and has committed, among others, the outrageous lines you might have already seen in the previous pages.
He allegedly still accepts commissions and work through his translator profile from the Other World but firmly discourages the use of Ouija boards for that purpose as their signal is not particularly good.
His family will never get to forget him and debt collectors could not lay their hands on him. May he rest in peace.
By writing my story, I discover myself. By writing our collective stories, I encounter the “you” that resides within me and allow myself to live, for a fleeting moment, your experience. Stories by Toni Wallis are a mixture of autobiography and the vignettes of people she has met. South Africa is a multicultural society with different realities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The country’s dark history of apartheid and its difficult transition to democracy provide the backdrop for many of her stories. These tales are an exploration of differences that separate us, but also the common humanity that binds us together in sorrow, joy, tribulation and victory. It is her hope that the literary space of encounter can be a bridge to build a society that is more tolerant and compassionate to the reality of people that may, at first glance, appear to be very different from ourselves.
I am witnessing a tragedy and cannot really speak. Things can go terribly wrong terribly quickly. In my work and in this project, I try to contribute a different perspective. Whether that has any merit in the face of life and death, is hard for me to say. I want to believe it, and thought we were beyond wars, drafts, destruction and the ruining of already modest lives, but life has proved me wrong.
Without the people in a country waging a terrible war and an eccentric girl, her father, mother and two small kids from a completely different world in every respect, he would be in a homeless camp, shelter or dead of a drug overdose. Instead, he survives by translating and is poetically losing his mind chasing perfection in literature and the arts. He is based in New York (City).