Martina Straková

Martina Straková studied cultural sciences and graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Later she received scholarships at leading German universities and her PhD title in Philosophy. For her poetry debut Postcards from Invisible Places (Pohľadnice z neviditeľných miest, 2019) she received the Bridges of Struga Award for the best poetry debut in 2019 awarded annually under the auspices of the UNESCO by the world's renowned poetry festival, the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival in North Macedonia. Since 2013, she has been co-organizing the International Poetry Festival Ars Poetica, where she holds a free creative writing workshop Bring Your Poem offered to the wide public as a regular part of the festival program. She is dedicated to writing poetry, fairy tales for children (under her pen name Irène Findrych), painting and artistic translation from/to German and English and is the author of the creative concept idea and texts of the online lifestyle project for women Stories and Vicissitudes of Gertrud Wurm (Príbehy a peripetie Gertrud Wurmovej). She lives and works in Bratislava.