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Olja Alvir

Olja Alvir was born in Yugoslavia and grew up in Vienna, where she works as a writer, translator, and literary scholar. She is the author of the German-language novel Kein Meer (Zaglossus, 2016) and the trilingual poetry collection Spielfeld/Špilfeld/Playground (Kollektiv, 2022), with her poem “Pomelo” winning first prize in a young authors short-form contest in 2021. Alvir has been the recipient of residency fellowships in Split and Zagreb, her literary and political writing on identity and displacement has appeared internationally. She is currently pursuing a PhD in South Slavic literature while working on her second novel, White Salamander.