Dr. Aprilia Zank on being an official member of World nations Writers’ Union Kazakhstan

Dr. Aprilia Zank on being an official member of World nations Writers’ Union Kazakhstan

Dr. Aprilia Zank is a freelance lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory, as well as a poet, translator and editor from Munich, Germany. Born in Romania, she studied English and French Literature and Linguistics at the University of Bucharest, then moved to Munich, Germany where she received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis, THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity, from the Ludwig Maximilian University, where she started her teaching career. The research for her PhD thesis was done in collaboration with six universities from Europe, and as a visiting lecturer at Alberta University of Edmonton, Canada. Aprilia is also a poet and a translator and the editor of two anthologies: the English–German anthology poetry tREnD Eine englisch-deutsche Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik, LIT Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2010, and the anthology POETS IN PERSON at the Glassblower (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, April 2014). Aprilia writes verse in English and German, and was awarded a distinction at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. Her poetry has been widely published in anthologies and periodicals in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, India, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Singapore (in progress), South-Africa and New Zealand. Her own volume of poetry BAREFOOT TO ARCADIA is due to come out soon. As a translator, she translates from and into German, English, French and Romanian in collaborative projects with a great number of artists from all over the world. In this respect, she organised the W-ORTE Literary Festival 2010 in Munich, the events POETS IN PERSON in London in 2012 and 2014, and the event IMAGINE THE BEATS in Munich in 2015. These events brought together poets, writers, scholars and artists from a wide international literary and artistic scene. Her own poetry has been translated and published in numerous anthologies and literary journals from various countries. Aprilia has received wide recognition in both western and eastern countries for her merits and achievements. She is active in numerous literary and artistic groups, and a member of the editorial boards of advisors of prestigious literary platforms such as Galaktika Poetike, “Atunis”, Our Poetry Archive (OPA), Sahitya Anand Literary Journal and Athena, Journal on Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2018 she was awarded the title “Dr. Aprilia Zank – Germany Beat Poet Laureate”, by the National Beat Poetry Foundation (USA). She has organised literary meetings in Munich and London, and has taken part in similar cultural events in Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Singapore, Romania. Aprilia is also a passionate photographer. To her, photography means the attempt to get a new insight into the essence of things. She has organised many photo exhibitions at the Ludwig Maximilian University and other cultural centres in Munich, and several of her images are prize winners and have been selected for poetry book covers.

 

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