- Northern Europe
is one of the most popular writers of Latvian fiction in a country where culture is a major component of everyday life. Her collections of stories include (in Latvian) A Concert for My Friends in an Ash Box (Riga: Lesima Publishers, 1987); A Bestiary for Our Times (Riga: Literatura un Maksla Publishers, 1992); The Apocrypha of Shadows (Riga: Preses Nams Publishers, 1996). Ms. Repse is a graduate of the Department of Art History and Theory at the Latvian Academy of Art, and held a grant from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Art, and Research in 1995. She has been a literary editor for the Labrit newspaper, and correspondent and columnist for two Latvian magazines and a daily. She and Anna Auzina are the first Latvian writers to attend the IWP. She is at the IWP as a grantee of the USIA.