FUTURIBLE: Poetry from another present era | 26.8. 2016 | Runokuu Literature Festival

Ahmed Zaidan
Ahmed Zaidan
Elizabeth Torres
Elizabeth Torres
Nyein Chan Aung
Maung Nyein Chan
Moritz Cartheuser
Moritz Cartheuser
26.8 klo 21:30 | Gloria Kulttuuriareena
[ Pieni Roobertinkatu 12, Helsinki ]

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What happens when literature breaks time and space? Futurible: Literature from another present era invites on stage local poets, international poets and poets from the non-place.

Invited authors: Ahmed Zaidan (Iraq), Elizabeth Torres (Colombia) and Maung Nyein Chan (Burma) | Music: Moritz Cartheuser (Germany) | Photography and Video: Jaime Culebro (Mexico) | Edition: Stephany Mazon (Mexico) | Sound/narrative: Alejandro Olarte (Colombia).


Maung Nyein Chan (Pathein, Myanmar, 1987) is a Burmese poet, columnist and human rights activist based in Finland. In 1996, Maung became a former soldier of the student army at the age of 18 and was imprisoned time later.

He arrived at Finland in the end of 2000 and, since then, Maung has worked as a translator and caretaker, currently studying practical nursing. As a writer, Maung Nyein has published poetry and articles in several magazines in Burma for more than a decade. He is currently residing in Kuopio.

Elizabeth Torres (Bogotá, Colombia, 1987) is a poet and multi-media artist. Elizabeth is director of Red Door Magazine and co-director of Red Door Gallery in Copenhagen.

She was recipient of the National Poetry Award ‘Best book of poetry of the year’ by the Colombian Book Chamber, winner of the Spirits in the Words poetry contest by Daimler Chrysler and, previously, Poet in Residence at Kean University where she studied Media & Film.

Elizabeth is the author of 20 published works and she is currently working on the poetry selections ‘To enter and exit through the memory of the living’ and ‘Bodies of Water‘. Her most recent book, “ATEMPORAL”, is a bilingual selection of poetry (Spanish-English) that was published in NY in 2015 and has been presented in the US and in Denmark.

Ahmed Zaidan is an Iraqi poet and journalist from the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq. Graduated from the collage of arts, department of translation, in Mosul University, his first poetry collection ‘Play on strings of female‘ was published in 2009 in Baghdad.

Ahmed was awarded for two times with a literary price from Mosul University and his poetry and articles has been published in different newspapers and websites in Iraq. At the end of 2009, he joined the media industry working as a journalism and host for literary shows in national TV, interviewing a lot of poets and writers from the Arabic world.

In 2013, he moved to Finland for political reasons and is currently living in Turku. Since then, Ahmed has been working in organizations as an activist in human rights, and conducts a radio show in Arabic for radio Robin Hood.


Moritz Cartheuser is a German guitarist and improviser who bases his music on its potential to interact in terms of dialogue and monologue with the audience as well as with cooperators. He studied at the Jazz-Institut-Berlin with such great musicians as Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Hollenbeck. He has worked as a musician and composer in several projects of different genres, including dance and film.

The night atmosphere includes audio-visual material leaded by Jaime Culebro (MX), Stephany Mazon (MX) and Alejandro Olarte (COL). Who’s the host? Discover all the possible futures inside the wonderful Gloria Theater.

Futurible is organized by Sivuvalo Project for the Runokuu international poetry festival.