Chevalier Medal of Arts and Letters recipient
Ivana Sajko (Croatia, 1975) is a writer, theatre director and performer, working in the overlapping fields of literature, performance art and music. She is four time winner of national playwriting award, decorated also with the French Chevalier Medal of Arts and Letters, honored with the Ivan Goran Kovačić Prize for best debut novel Rio Bar, while her last book Romance Novel in German translation (Liebesroman, Voland&Quist) received Internationales Literaturpreis by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2018. The international rights to her plays have been owned by the German publishing house Verlag der Autoren and some of her frequently staged and translated plays had been Woman-bomb and Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Apart from her artistic work she has been teaching creative writing and focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to creativity processes, which resulted with the book of essays Towards Madness (and Revolution): A reading. She lives in Berlin with her son Yves, where she is developing her new novel and contributing to Die Zeit.