Festival Team

Lucien Zell

Lucien Zell - MCLF Foundation founder & board member

Lucien has published half a dozen books of poetry as well as the experimental novel Invisible Bars (in both Czech and English editions). An American based in Prague, he is also a singer-songwriter, actor and photographer. Interview

Melinda Reidinger

Melinda Reidinger - Community Engagement Coordinator

A Fulbright-Hayes Fellow with degrees in Literary Studies, Art History and Cultural Anthropology, Melinda's first book (The White Deer) is due out soon and she is far into her next book. She has lived in the Czech Republic for 24 years and is fluent in Czech. Interview

Robert Horvitz

Robert Horvitz - MCLF Foundation board member

A US citizen living in Prague since 1991, Robert coordinated the Soros Internet Program and helped develop broadcast journalism in the post-communist countries. Interview

Mark Stroup

Mark Stroup - Editor

Mark has lived in Prague since 2016. A former research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, he has had careers in writing and publications, community development and education. He is currently working on a novel set in 13th century Central Asia.

Michael Kierans

Michael Kierans - MCLF Foundation board member

Michael (a Canadian citizen) and his Czech wife opened and, for more than a decade, operated the KavaKavaKava cafés in Prague -- popular meeting places for Czechs and expats alike. A lawyer by training, he now teaches English.

Jasmina Tesanovic

Ester Šebestová - Assistant Program Manager

Ester worked for more than a decade for different festivals as a photographer and social media coordinator, in Prague and her hometown of Hradec Králové. Now she manages a bookstore and is involved in the online book community.


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