Adisa Bašić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Poet and journalist Adisa Bashich (Bašić) was born in 1979 in Sarajevo. She has a master's degree in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democracy. She has published four poetry collections, Eve’s Sentences (1999), Trauma Market (2004), A Promo Clip for My Homeland (2011) and Motel of Unknown Heroes (2014). Her poems have been included in all recent anthologies of Bosnian poetry. Until Tomorrow, Then: Stories about Love and Marriage (2017) is her first prose book.

She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at the Department of Comparative Literature and Library Science, Sarajevo Faculty of Philosophy. For a number of years, she regularly wrote columns of literary criticism for the weekly news magazine "Slobodna Bosna". 

In the summer of 2018 she was awarded Berlin Fellowship by the Academy of Arts. At the University of Graz she is currently completing the doctoral dissertation about erotic love and humor in the South Slavic poetry. In 2016 she was a writer in residence at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

She has spent a year in Marburg, Germany, studing German Language and Media Studies. She went throughout the United States twice with other writers (Writers in Motion) and had a bumpy train ride through the Balkans during the Word Express. Her story To Survive Hitchhiking was featured in a compilation of stories that won the UNESCO competition Bun(t)ovna p(r)oza in 2001, and in 2011 she won the third prize in Zija Dizdarević contest for her story Driving Home for Christmas. For the poetry collection A Promo Clip for My Homeland she has received the international award Literaris Bank Austria 2012: the book was translated into German and published at the Wieser Verlag. In the summer 2012 she participated as a Bosnian representative in the "Poetry Parnassus" Festival organized in London, on the occasion of the Olympics.

She read her poetry with great joy in many different places: at the prestigious Poets House in New York, at Harvard, at socialist Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center in Istanbul, under a Tuareg tent near the small town of Lodéve in Provence, at various bookstores and pubs, in Tešanj, Banja Luka, outside the library in Gradačac, at the UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Gorki Theatre in Berlin, at Belgrade poetry festival Pesničenje (Word-play)…