The Authors, 2011-2012 Issue

Lena Beckman was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. English is her second language, but it is the language she loves most. In 2009, she received a BA in English at the University of Stockholm. Her stories often have a taste of magic realism to them, and many times spark from a personal memory or a place she has been to. “Let Down (Your Hair)" began in an action, though. After the first draft, she developed the story into an adaptation (a very subtle one) of a fairytale. This is the first time she has been published.

Karin Dahlbäck is Swedish but spent two years in the USA, 1966 as a sophomore in high school and 1982 as a post-doc’s wife and visiting dermatology resident. Her background is as a clinical doctor. She has also worked in biomedical science and studied social anthropology. 

Merima Dizdarević was born in Yugoslavia in 1983. She migrated to Sweden as a civil war refugee at the age of ten. Her mother tongue is Bosnian (formerly "Serbo-Croatian"). English is her second or third language, as is Swedish. She is also a member of the band Urkos, of Malmö, Sweden. Her poetry has been published in Bosnian and English. Her first short-story publication was included in the last issue of Shipwrights, and since then she has published two others in a collection of short stories in Macau, China. She has also co-translated a collection of poems by the Australian poet Christopher (Kit) Kelen into Swedish and is the co-author of two chapters of a forthcoming book about the national anthems of the countries that have emerged from the former Yugoslavia.

Katarina Emgård studies at Malmö University. Before taking the creative writing courses there, she wrote and drew a superhero comic, called "Kisenja." Creating the comic awoke her curiosity and made her want to dig deeper into the craft of writing. In "Death 1.0" she wanted to investigate "the assumptions, ideas and theories regarding life after death and wanted to do so with a humoristic twist." This is her first publication. 

When Marie Kristensson Håkansson was forty-five years old, she started in the creative writing program at Malmö University. Prior to that, she had not written anything remotely creative since high school. She works with ERP systems and databases. English is her second language. 

Alicja Kwiatkowska is a student of Swedish and English linguistics from Gothenburg, Sweden. She has not been published before. English is her second language.

After matriculating from CBC Kimberley (1973), Michael O'Brien moved to Cape Town, South Africa and studied drama, English, and philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He also attended UCT Drama School and went on to work as an actor and director. He left South Africa in 1982 for political reasons and moved to London. He married a Swede and moved to Sweden in 1986. Since then, he has studied film studies at the University of Stockholm up to postgraduate level. At present, his doctoral is on hold. In 1996, he started as a high school teacher (theatre/film/history of ideas/programming). He is now Head of Programme and Developer. 

David Prater was born in Dubbo, Australia in 1972. He holds a BA from the University of Sydney, an MA from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology. His first poetry colllection, We Will Disappear, was published by Papertiger media in 2007, and Vagabond Press published his chapbook Morgenland in the same year. His poetry has appeared in a wide range of Australian and international journals, and he has performed his work at festivals in Australia, Japan, Bulgaria, Canada, the United States, and Macedonia. He has also undertaken two writers’ residencies in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and has worked extensively as a teacher, editor and researcher. Since 2001 he has been the managing editor of Cordite Poetry Review (, an online journal of Australian poetry and poetics. He currently lives in Karlskrona, Sweden, where he is undertaking post-doctoral research on electronic literature and pedagogy at Blekinge Technical University. 

L.C. Rodríguez was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. She went to the university in Madrid, Spain and furthered her studies in Lund and Malmö, Sweden. Coming from a mix of Filipino and Spanish culture, she is not quite sure what her first language is; however, she has always loved to read and write in English most. She currently lives in Växjö, Sweden. 

Staffan Snitting has previously been published in various political publications. His nonfiction work has been discussed in radio broadcasts and even in the Swedish Parliament. He edits and publishes a fanzine in English called "Law and Order," which focuses on hardcore-punk and the straight edge subculture. He is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he worked as an autoworker until the economic crisis hit in 2008 and the lay-offs began. Swedish is his mother tongue, and he has had no formal education in English after leaving high school. 

Inkaliisa Voionmaa was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1984. Her parents are Finnish, and they came to Sweden a couple of years before she was born. She has never felt Swedish, nor Finnish, but always Gothenburgian. She says, she's "one of the few people who love that grey lump of a city even when it's raining horizontally and the raw chill creeps through your clothes, however thick they are." She once had four of her poems published in the major daily newspaper of Gothenburg. English is her third language.