Biography

Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani (previous pen name: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray) is a London-based poet, arts practitioner, and researcher of mixed heritage (Croatian father / Algerian mother) born in Zagreb. Her poems in English, French and Croatian have appeared in literary magazines and journals in the UK including The Fortnightly Review, Molly Bloom, Pamenar Press and Tears in the Fence, and in several publications in Canada and Croatia. She is the founder of the multilingual poetry project “Unbound” in 2017 that received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Language Acts and Worldmaking Small grants programme in 2018 and 2019. She has (co-)directed several multilingual poetry recitals and performances in there UK, France, and Croatia, and has given talks, and written essays on multilingual poetry practice. During that period she collaborated with poets, musicians, composers, sound artists, computer scientists, sound engineers, theatre directors, and arts and humanities scholars and specialists. In 2021, she was the convenor of the multilingual poetry writing panel "Multilingual poetry writing: strategies of translation, disruption and resistance" at the Languages Future online conference. Her multilingual performance "Heart monologues" series was premiered at the Regent Street Cinema, London, 16 March 2022, and performed again in Paris, France and Pula, Croatia.  She is a member of the Centre for Poetry, Queen Mary University of London / Centre for Contemporary Writing, Queen Mary University of London. 

Jasmina is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster and has a doctorate (PhD) in French and Francophone studies; she has given conference papers in her subject area, both nationally and internationally, and has produced several academic articles and reviews. Jasmina lived in Brussels between 1976 and 1981, and in Vienna between 1986 and 1987. Between 1991 and 1993 she received a bursary from the Swedish Institute and was a resident researcher at the Nordic Institute for Advanced Study in Modern Swedish, University of Uppsala. She moved to London in 1995 where she has been living and working since. Jasmina has a background in postcolonial Francophone theory, linguistics, and semiotics.

Related Essays

Bolfek-Radovani, Jasmina, "Unbound Lines: Writing in the Space of the Multilingual", Balkan Poetry Today, issue 2, 2018.  (See text: "Unbound Lines: Writing in the Space of the Multilingual").

Unveiled, Dangerous Women Project, 1 February 2017.

Bolfek-Radovani, Jasmina, "Mon arrivée à l'écriture: sur le (non)-sacrifice de la langue", 2015.


Interviews (English, Croatian)

Radio Rojc, Višejezični monolozi Jasminina srca, 14 April 2023, Pula, Croatia. 


"Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani In the Spotlight" in the Lucent Dreaming magazine, Issue 2, 2 November 2018.


Creative practice development (selected workshops and courses)

Urgent & Emergent Practices, 7-week workshop by C. Bergvall, Solitary-Solidary Lab, June-July 23.
Art Practice Conversations, 7-week workshop led by C. Bergvall,  June - August 2021.
Poetry and Syntax: an Emergency Toothpick in an Imaginary Landscape, workshop led by Astrid Alben, 13 & 27 March 2021.
Solitary to Solidary - A Writing Experiment by Caroline Bergvall, 22 & 29 July 2020.
Multilingual Poetry, Tears in the Fence workshop, 25 April 2020.
My senses / The senses of the world. An embodied writing workshop, Pamenar Press (with Serena Braida), 15 February 2020.
To be Unhomed: Reading and Writing (as) Wretched Strangers, 22 January - 15 March 2019, Poetry School (with Wanda O'Connor).
Poetry in the making, City Lit, (with Caroline Metzler), 20 January 2017 - 20 March 2017.