Mirt Komel was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia, and now lives, works and writes between Nova Gorica, Ljubljana and Sarajevo, Istanbul and Cairo. He studied and worked at the University of Ljubljana and Peace Institute (MI) in Ljubljana, obtained a PhD in Philosophy in 2010 at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts. Now, he works as a Research Assistant at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, both at the University of Ljubljana.
He is the co-founder and an active member of the Youth Club of the Slovenian Writer’s association (2005-2009) and of the Cultural-artistic Association Negovan Nemec (2010-). Mirt Komel is also the editor of two anthologies of young Slovenian writers, Zbornik Mladinskega kluba DSP (2008, 2009) and also editor of a two special issues dedicated to the Word Expressproject, one in a publication of the Youth Club of the Slovenian Writer’s association (2009) and another in the journal OtočjeO (2010).
His publications include Mes(t)ne drame ( City Dramas, 2006), a collection of three plays. In 2008, he published Luciferjev padec ( Lucifer's Fall), a dramatic poem in ten acts. He published as well two literary‐philosophical travelogues, first Sarajevski dnevnik ( Sarajevo Diary, 2009) and then Kahirske kaheksije ( Cairo's Cohesions, 2010). Mirt Komel is also the author of a scientific monograph about the physical and social aspects of touching Poskus nekega dotika ( An attempt of a touch), and has published in journals for social sciences and humanities in Slovenian, English, Italian and Bosnian. Furthermore, he has published poems, novellas, plays and several literary reviews in the main literary journals in Slovenia and Bosnia ( Apokalipsa, OtočjeO, Primorska srečanja, točjeO) and writes forthe main Balkanian regional journal Sarajevske sveske. The multilingual author appeared at many literary evenings in Slovenia as well as abroad, among which most notably in Sarajevo, Istanbul and Cairo.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.