Gundega REPSE

  • Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • Latvia

Gundega REPSE 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.

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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