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This project is not limited to providing the poets from different countries with a hideaway for a fruitful creative work. We suppose to suppose first and foremost any kind of dialogue and collaboration, be it between our guests or between one of them and local Russian and Latvian authors or in some other way. This common work might be, for instance, a (mutual) translation, co-writing or co-editing the book, producing some essays about each other etc.
We intend to publish a good deal of texts created at ours. This is a non-profit publishing with limited editions and no fee for the authors; however, these books are meant to reach mostly the international literary community as far as we are focused on building bridges and establishing connections.
We are situated in Ozolnieki, a village located in 40 minutes commute from Riga, the present capital of Latvian Republic, and in 10 minutes commute from Jelgava, the erstwhile capital of The Duchy of Courland. Riga can be reached by local train or minibus, the village is also served with Jelgava city buses. In the village itself you can find a restaurant, a bar, a beauty shop, there is the lake with a beach and the forest in 5 minutes by feet.
Our house is composed of two cozy apartments with separate entrances named after two great poets, the Russian Ossip Mandelstam and the Latvian Aleksandrs Čaks. Internet access, fridge and shower, bookshelves with a small selection of books in many languages, windows to the garden and romantic chillout at the entresol will help you in getting inspired.
Opening: June 2016.
We tend to accept applications with well defined projects but can also elaborate the project together with a candidate if we are interested.
We invite our guests to stay for two or three weeks though other timespans might be considered. We offer the living space and working conditions as well as possible consulting, we also provide visa support if needed. Up to the moment we are not able to cover transportation and alimentation costs.