Dear friends of lyrikline,
be there on Sunday, 1 Sept at 7pm (CEST) when the new lyrikline will be going online! We cordially invite you to celebrate with us and watch the event live stream on www.lyrikline.org. Heiko Strunk, the lyrikline project manager, will give us a tour of the relaunched website and all its new features and functions, we will link to partners in Nigeria, Russia and Slovenia via video, publish many new poets on the site and we will have six great lyrikline poets on stage, two of them to be published on the relaunch day:
Simen Hagerup (Norway), Els Moors (Belgium), Steffen Popp (Germany), Pedro Sena-Lino (Portugal), Helena Sinervo (Finland) and Jan Wagner (Berlin). The lyrikline network partners Joel Scott (Australia) and Per Bergström (Sweden) will present the event.
You are invited not only to watch the event but to comment on facebook, on twitter (seems #llrelaunch is a suitable hashtag) and hopefully (still working on making this possible) also chat with us and some of the poets of the event.
The event physically takes place at ‘c-base – ›Raumstation unter Berlin Mitte‹ (Space station beneath Berlin-Mitte)’, a friendly place for IT and open source people, who kindly took us in. The languages of the event will be English and German mainly, but we’ll hear a bit of Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian and Finnish too.
See you on Sunday!
The relaunch of the website has been made possible by a grant from the German Lottery Foundation, Berlin.
The event is taking place with the kind support of: c-base, Institut Ramon Llull, Royal Norwegian Embassy Berlin, Rámus Förlag, Malmö and the Swedish Embassy
This is my place of poetry: behind the desk I can see some lonely concrete block of flats surrounded by trees, the built environment combined with nature. Something not too smooth and terder is just perfect for my writing.
I prefer darkness when I write. Autumns and winters are the most productive time for me. In the dark silent morning when I sit in the light of my laptop, I can hear words coming to me.
Olli Heikkonen, Helsinki/Finland
Itsenäisyyspäivä! Today, 6 December, is the Finnish National Day that celebrates Finland’s independence from the Russian Empire. Instead of flying a flag (they will have hoisted many in Finland) we present a new Finnish poet on lyrikline.org.
The 6th door of our Advent Calendar reveals
(with translations into English)
Born in Jyväskylä in 1983, Harry Salmenniemi is one of the leading young experimental poets in Finland. His biggest influences are language and flarf poetry and Oulipo, but he also enjoys writing traditional poetry and prose.
The official opening of the Finnish edition of lyrikline.org is going to take place in Helsinki on 26 August 2010 during the Runokuu (Poetry Moon) Festival*. It will feature a presentation of lyrikline.org including the first five Finnish poets, prepared for us by our Finnish partners Lukukeskus/The Finnish Reading Centre and Nuoren Voiman Liitto. All new featured poets will be present and will read on that evening: Tua Forsström, Tomi Kontio, Lauri Otonkoski, Saila Susiluoto, and Johanna Venho.
The inauguration event takes place at restaurant Kaisaniemi and will start at 20:30. Afterwards, around 21:45, some ZEBRA poetry films are screened and the band Vaarallista will be playing.
Before the lyrikline inauguration there will be a poetry slam competition.
So, if you are around, join us:
Thu., 26.8., 20.30 Uhr, Lyrikline inauguration,
Ravintola (restaurant) Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniementie 6, Helsinki
Moderation Sakari Katajamäki
* There´s also the Helsinki Festival going on at the same time, and Poetry Moon is a part of it. Here´s the
site, also in English http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
I want to thank lyrikline.org for the incredible moments of joy and jouissance which it has bestowed on me and my best literary friends! Its multiplicity of languages and voices is capable of producing an indispensable feeling of emotional and ethical power residing in lyric poetry written all over the world!
Listening to the voices of writers whom we can never meet in life creates a strong sense of sharing and communality. It creates a spiritual chain over geographical, political, cultural, and temporal boundaries, which leads to energy and confidence in humanity. This is seen concretely in the writings of myself and my friend, Rauni Paalanen; especially when we introduce for the Finnish audience the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan as well as the works of living poets such as Friederike Mayröcker. (…)
I wish – and I know – that I am going to find new challenges and topics for my future writings on lyrikline.org, knowing through it, for example, the works of Cuti, Gozo Yashimoso, and Brigitte Oleschinski, just to mention a few of the inspiring poets.
LONG LIVE LYRIKLINE!!
Sirkka Knuuttila, Helsinki
Once a year the partners of lyrikline.org come to Berlin to hold their annual International Partner Meeting and to talk about the future plans of lyrikline.org.
At this years meeting, which took place on October 30th and 31st, were, among others, the partners from Argentina, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Catalonia (Spain), Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Puebla (Mexico), Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. During the meeting topics such as poetry & politics, editorial guidelines, communication, further collaborations, translations, website developments and the Anniversary activities were discussed.
At the end of the meeting, two partners from Finland joined the network: Lukukeskus – The Finnish Reading Centre (www.lukukeskus.fi) and the literary magazine Nuoren Voiman Liitto (www.nuorenvoimanliitto.fi), who will work together as the Finnish partner.