Illustrations: León Plascencia Ñol
Nordic Coordinator: Roxana Crisólogo Correa
Sivuvalo Platform (Helsinki) – FIN
Sivuvalo is a multilingual literature platform that since 2013 has been working in Finland to make visible the literary works, rights and viewpoints of immigrant language writers. Sivuvalo was created by poet and art worker Roxana Crisólogo that started the mapping of immigrant language writers based in Finland with a grant from the Kone foundation. Part of Sivuvalo working team was Daniel Malpica, poet, designer and multimedia artist that created “Mutanttikieltä” concept, mutant language multimedia poetry events. Daniel is also the author behind the NolitchX logo. Sivuvalo organizes literary readings all over Finland as well as seminars, workshops, literary events, inviting writers and experts. Now Sivuvalo new board members are Roxana Crisólogo, Anne Ketola, Polina Kopylova and José Luis Rico Carrillo.
Tre Tärningar Kulturförening (Malmö) – SWE
Tre Tärningar is a Malmö-based cultural association with the aim to connect writers of different languages and literary expressions, to provide readings, translations and networks in Malmö and the south of Sweden. The founding members are Lalo Barrubia, writer, performance artist, translator and editor; Azita Ghahreman, poet and translator; and Petronella Zetterlund, translator, editor, and cultural producer. Tre Tärningar is the administrative hub of NolitchX.
Red Door (Copenhagen) – DK
Originally founded in 2009 as an art magazine in NY, Red Door was created by the writer, translator and visual artist Elizabeth Torres with the purpose of documenting the different artistic movements all around us in an attempt to thread the waters and facilitate exchange and collaboration opportunities. In addition to this, after a relocation from the US to DK, Red Door is also an art gallery and collective space based in Copenhagen, with a space in Nørrebro that serves as exhibition and event space/concept shop/café. There is an adjacent record shop and an atelier.
The gallery space is run as a collaborative project between Speakers Corner, Red Door, Tacos Chilangos and Vinyl Collectivet.
Ós Pressan (Reykjavik) – ICE
Ós Pressan is a non-profit initiative designed to bring out and promote new authors, to create an inclusive writing community and to challenge the reality of the publishing industry in Iceland. The Ós writing community started in early 2015 during a workshop celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Iceland and is dedicated to gathering writers from the margins of Icelandic society and bringing them into Iceland´s rich literary scene. In the ongoing social change in Iceland, where over 10% of the population was born in another country, Ós Pressan identified a tremendous gap between the current social reality and the literary-publishing scene. The absence of representation of foreign-born writers brought forth a wider and more inclusive idea: the margins of the Icelandic society and literature, the voices that are not being heard. Ós Pressan wants to explore this area, bring out and promote new authors, offer them the opportunity to be heard and create a community addressing this social and cultural change.