Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani (pen name: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray) was born in Zagreb on 27 November, 1965. She is trilingual (Croatian, French, English) and has a multicultural background (Algerian mother and Croatian father). She lived in Brussels between 1976 and 1981, in Vienna between 1986 and 1987, and in Uppsala between 1991 and 1993. She moved to London in 1995 where she has been living since. She is currently working at Queen Mary University of London and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Westminster. She began developing her multilingual poetry project “Reveries of a solitary gazelle / Sanjarije usamljene gazelle / Les rêveries d’une gazelle solitaire” in 2014. Her poetry has been published in the UK literary journal The Still Point Journal (Kings College London, 2015), the Croatian literary magazine Tema (Meander Media, 2016) and in the Canadian bilingual online graduate journal Revue CMC Review. In September 2016, she won a Special Mention Award (The David Burland Poetry Prize 2016) for her poem in French, “Orange“.
Jasmina has a doctorate (PhD) in Francophone literary and cultural studies (University of Westminster, London, 2011). She has given a number of conference papers, both nationally and internationally, and has produced several academic articles and reviews. Her book “Geo/graphies of Loss: Space, Place and Spatial Loss in North African and Canadian writing in French” has been published in 2015 (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015). Jasmina’s current research areas are comparative Francophone literary and cultural studies, space theory, semiotics, intertextuality. She is interested in the study of literary and cultural productions of space of place in the comparative context of North Africa and French Canada and their relation to the contemporary.