Book – Our Voices
My hybrid memoir Our Voices, my soul project for the last 4 years, will be released through Troubador Publishing on February 28th, 2022. It will be available as paperback (through the publisher’s website, Amazon, and various retailers) and ebook (on the Amazon of your choice). An audio version of the book should become available in late 2022 or early 2023.
In Munich, you should be able to grab your copy from Lost Weekend from March onwards. I will be scheduling a number of readings and author panels (online and in-person) around the time of the book launch. If you’d like to stay informed of such events, subscribe here.
Advanced praise for Our Voices
“The impulse to write memoir is almost always deeply personal, the urge to express experience as only that particular author can. Diana Radovan’s book Our Voices uses a child’s point of view at the start to express the extreme political events she witnessed growing up in Timișoara, Romania, behind the so-called Iron Curtain.
Innocence gives way to experience as the child grows to understand three generations of her family’s story in the context of larger history, while pursuing advanced degrees in other countries and traveling the world. As Diana has navigated the repercussions of “being from” that “other” (Eastern) Europe, she has taken on the task of giving voice to the reality. It is the writing itself that engages the reader, offering a poetic lyricism to the places and events she describes.
Adventurous in spirit, a nature lover, a city wanderer, a photographer, and a bright mind, Diana’s outlook is truly international. In these times especially, her story, her many stories, need to be written and heard.”
– Marianne Rogoff, author of Silvie’s Life and Pushcart Prize nominee
A woman in search of herself keeps on turning the kaleidoscope that is memory and life, searching for belonging and purpose, echoing into both past and future in a lyrical, deeply personal confession.
Our Voices is a melancholic personal narration of what happened in a given time and place to a young girl and her father in an oppressive system and how their story was carried to the next generation. It is also a warning of what could happen to anyone, anywhere, as well as a scream of indignation against social and political injustice, gender constraints, and historical erasure. Last but not least, it is a book of hope – the hope of integrating familial, historical, and social trauma into a bigger self, through language and nature.
Through personal storytelling, including a child perspective, terse poetry, myths, fairy-tales, imagery, social and political criticism, as well as some utopias/manifestos, Our Voices is an overcoming of the persistent horrors of communism and immigration; a book about living in the in-betweens and dreaming ourselves into more than mere survival; an invitation to its readers to bring out their own buried “shameful” family stories, to let them breathe and find resonance in the bigger world.
I contribute regularly to Headline Poetry and Press. Since 2004, my poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and the in-betweens have been published in several countries (the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Romania) and languages (English, German, and Romanian) both online and in print, in: Arc Journal – Autumn Edition 2021, Arcana 2021, Arcana 2020, Wild Roof Journal, The Poetry Question, Feed, Headline Poetry and Press (here, here, and here), From Whispers to Roars, Wax Poetry and Art, Hypnopomp Magazine, The Ravens Perch, Cease, Cows, Flash Fiction 3, Flash Frontier, 121 words, Friday Flash Fiction, Quail Bell Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Poetry Breakfast, Munich Stories 2016, Dog-Ear, Text+Bild, Tupelo Quarterly, Hopernicus, Liternet, Ora-de-Timis, Other Voices, Evadarea din sine, and elsewhere.
- 1st place in the Text + Bild contest on the topic Borders for my essay Unterwegs
- 2nd place in the Calgary Poetry Contest #1 for the poem if you want to know me
- 1st place in AWCS flash fiction contest with the flash essay Le Maitre
- 1st place in the Other Voices March Monthlies competition with the story The Way Home
- for the Best of the Net Award for my hybrid essay On the Way
- in Tupelo Quarterly‘s Prose Open Contest with my hybrid essay On the Way
- in the Gold Line Press Chapbook Contest in the Nonfiction section with my mini-memoir The Body and the Voice
- Listowels Writers’ Week Original – Short Story Competition
- in the 20. Münchner Kurzgeschichtenwettbewer for my essay Unterwegs
- in the Virginia Woolf Competition for Short Fiction for my story Dreaming of Whales
- in the Disquiet International Program literary contest for my story The Artist
- for The Smoke Long Quarterly Kathy Fish Virtual Writer-In-Residence position
- world’s best poems vol. 1, 2019
- Flash Fiction Volume 3, 2017
- Munich Stories 2016, 2016
- Evadarea de sine, 2005
- monthly Open Reading events of The Munich Readery, Munich, Germany
- Blackbox in Gasteig, Munich, Germany, 2019
- Orangerie Art Gallery in the English Garden, Munich, Germany, during Arcana 2019
- Münchner Literaturbüro (MLb), Munich, Germany, 2019
- P. Bar as part of the Literarisches Sextett, Munich, Germany, 2019
- Frauenforum as part of Creative Writing in Munich‘s Christmas Open Reading, 2016
- The Munich Readery for the Munich Stories 2016 book launch, 2016
- The Owl’s Nest Bookstore, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2011
- NEW Details soon: 27 Feb 2021 (7-9 pm, online): Voice Workshop at Happy Writing Munich
- NEW Details soon: March 2021: Kaleidoscopic Forms at Beyond Form Creative Writing
- Older offerings:
- Curator of the literary section of Arcana 2020, an international online digital collaboration comprising work by 40 artists and writers (art curator and overall curator: Hazel Ang)
- Former reader and editor of flash fiction at Flash Fiction Magazine