Berlin Fellowship 2019 — Literature

Barbara Delać

*1994 in Kotor (ME)

lives in Kotor


Barbara Delać is a writer. She studied modern and contemporary theory of art at the University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro. She has been a member of the Forum of Young Writers literary group since 2015 and has published poetry and short stories in the collections: Bird-friendly, Or someone already planned, Solution of the Puzzle, Helpless words, Manuscripts 40, Manuscripts 41, as well as in literary magazines and portals. She is a laureate of the 32nd Festival of Young Poets in Zajecar, where she published her first book Tomorrowland (2018). She also received the Branko's Award 2018 in Serbia for the same book.


“In my next book of poetry, I want to capture the full range of thoughts, worries and desires on the subway between promising billboards, cheap food, funny graffiti and trash. The focus will be on searching for the way we constitute thoughts and absorb external stimuli, the way we rearrange terms and rethink meanings in our collective sensory experience of contemporary wor(l)ds. Articulation in the long poem set to the rhythm and directions of the subway, at the place where the outsider point-of-view is driven by the electronic adventure of language; a bit more than socially engaged, we are outsiders too. At the level of a simulacrum, this sounds like a poetic and political rhapsody.”