Poetry Expo 24 / 31 January 2024

Versopolis Podcast #12: Opening event for Poetry Expo 2024

Marko Pogačar & Pep Olona


Poetry Expo is a unique digital platform which can be attended by Literary institutions, organisations, collectives, associations, festivals, etc. This year’s theme ‘Versing Futures: Unravelling Unity Through Poetry’, Poetry Expo aims to inspire societal change by promoting the potential of literature and art to address the pressing issues of our time, such as the climate crisis, technological advances, mental health and social inequalities. These questions are addressed by Marko Pogačar and Pep Olona in their conversation with Dr Mitja Drab.

Marko Pogačar is one of the most important poets and writers to emerge from Croatia in recent years. He has published fifteen books of poetry, essays and prose, for which he received Croatian and international awards. His books and texts have appeared in more than thirty languages. Marko is also the director of Goran’s spring.

Pep Olona is the coordinator, curator, and ideologue of Arrebato Libros, ​​​​a project that in 2023 celebrated its first 20 years, and who runs the Arrebato Libros bookstore. Organizer and coordinator of 16 editions of the POETAS festival. Pep is also behind the digital project Universal Poem (found at universalpoem.com).

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Versopolis

Launched in 2014, Versopolis is a European poetry platform with a vision to create new opportunities for emerging European poets, build bridges between different languages and cultures, discover the Other and share the power of poetry, while connecting communities around the world. Versopolis wants to step out of narrow national and linguistic contexts and create new and unprecedented spaces of freedom, while making it possible for poets to meet and share with the world the truth of words, rhythm and sound.

 

Over the years, Versopolis has built a poetry community that includes 30 European poetry festivals, amplifying the voices of 381 poets who write in 32 different languages in an area of more than 5.5 million square kilometres, giving them an opportunity to meet both in person at different festivals, and in language, through the translations in more than 442,000 multilingual booklets Versopolis has produced and published to date. With its initiatives, such as the Festival of Hope, our biggest digital literary event, Brave New Literatures, a laboratory for new approaches in literatures, Poetry Expo and the digital magazine Versopolis Review, Versopolis connects creators from all over the world, championing diversity, inclusion and belonging. Our mission is to foster innovative ways of thinking and open up a space for it, creating the largest poetry database and platform for sharing experiences and good practices.

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