Artist Talk: Anja Golob
ACE KIBLA / KiBela, Ulica Kneza Koclja 9, Maribor

Anja Golob (photo: Igor Modic)

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a literary evening with Anja Golob, poet, critic, dramaturge, editor and winner of two Jenko Poetry Prize awards. The event will take place on Friday, 26 January 2018, at 8 p. m. at the MMC KIBLA in Maribor.

Poetry writing has long since ceased to be just a hobby to Anja Golob. Her approach to poetry is an uncompromising one. Truly so. For her, creative work is not about cutting corners. She reads extensively to understand the deeper sense of poetry. She is annoyed by poets who approach poetry writing under a pretense and not for the sake of poetry itself.

This “mind-blowingly talented poet”, as she has been labeled by the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, has inspired many, not necessarily great poetry lovers, to read poetry.

Her poetry also reveals images from the world of science, popular culture and high literature, which the author uses to comment on human nature. She is convinced that “poetry can stand up to the capitalist logic of our time. I am, however, very sorry that many people fail to recognize this.”

Poetry, as it were, is a time-stopper. It also calls for a consideration about the state of society today, and the role of the individual in the society. Anja Golob sees her poetry as spurring from the same nest out of which her more activist texts are inspired, through which she addresses social issues. According to the author, the fight for human rights should never stop, since today, in an era of conservative revolution, even rights that have already been won are often at stake.

Poet Anja Golob is also a constant critic of the (Slovene) society, politics, and culture. In 2013 she co-founded a small publishing house VigeVageKnjige. The publishing house specializes in Slovene translations of graphic novels for both children and adults.

Anja Golob (1976) is a poet and co-founder of a small publishing house VigeVageKnjige, where she is currently working as its editor-in-chief. On occasion she works as a publicist, translator and dramaturge. After studying philosophy and comparative literature at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana (Slovenia), she worked as a theatre critic for twelve years, mainly publishing in Večer, the second biggest Slovene daily. Up to date she has published three collections of poetry: V roki (In the Hand; Litera, Maribor, 2010), Vesa v zgibi (Bent Hang; Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana, 2013), Didaskalije k dihanju (Stage Directions to Breathing;
self-publishing, Ljubljana, 2016). The second and third were awarded the Jenko Poetry Prize (2014, 2016), while a selection of thirteen poems from her second book was published in 2015 in German under the title of ab und zu neigungen (here and there leanings / aversions and affections), by the hochroth publishing house from Vienna. This year, hochroth from Munich, Germany, is publishing a booklet entitled Taubentext. Vogeltext., with a poem in six parts, which was created over a period of more than a year via e-mail correspondence with German writer and poet Nikolai Vogel. Two translations of her collection Stage Directions to Breathing are also awaiting publication, the Croatian translation will be published by Sandorf, and the German by Edition Korrespondenzen.