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Twenty-Five Rooms —

 Selections from the Hotel Archive


Published in partnership with Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Twenty-Five Rooms anthologises twenty-five pieces of poetry and prose from the Hotel archive dating from the project’s inception in 2016 to the tail end of 2018. Twenty-Five Rooms will find its way into the world in the Spring months of 2019.  


Rainald Goetz, translated by Adrian Nathan West;
Kristín Ómarsdóttir, translated by Vala Thorodds;
John Holten
Leah S. Dworkin;
Luc Sante
Emma Mackilligin
Kyle Coma-Thompson;
Gareth Evans;
Lauren Dostal
Molly Gunther
Joanna R. Goldberg
Helen Charman
Jessica Bonder
Rowan Evans
Jonathan Chandler;
NJ Stallard;
Anne Michaels;
Jack Goldstein;
Anna Cathenka
A.K. Blakemore
Luke Kennard; 
Adrian Bridget
Jess Cotton
Sam Weselowski
Nina Powles;
with an epigram from James R. Hugunin



Edited by Jon Auman, Thomas Chadwick & Dominic Jaeckle
Cover artwork by Makiko Faruichi (see here)
Designed & Typeset by Dostoyevsky Wannabe




Notes on Contributors

Rainald Goetz, born in 1954 in Munich, studied History and Medicine in Munich and obtained a doctoral degree in both subjects. He briefly worked as a doctor but quit this profession for the sake of literature in his early thirties. His first novel, Insane, was published in 1983. In 1998, Goetz wrote the internet diary ‘Rubbish for Everyone,’ probably the first literary blog in Germany, with entries on the world of media and consumerism. It was published in book form in 1999, and together with Rave, Jeff Koons, Celebration and Deconspiration belongs to This Morning, his great history of the present. Goetz has been awarded numerous prizes, most notably the Georg Büchner Prize in 2015. He lives in Berlin.

Adrian Nathan West is a literary translator and author of The Aesthetics of Degradation (Repeater, 2016). His translations include Pere Gimferrer’s Fortuny (Verba Mundi, 2016), Rainald Goetz’s Insane (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017), and Juan Benet’s Construction of the Tower of Babel. His criticism has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books and many other journals in print and online.

Kristín Ómarsdóttir is the author of seven collections of poetry, five books of short stories, seven novels, and half a dozen plays. Her novels have been translated into many languages including Swedish, French, and English. Her awards include the DV Cultural Award for Literature, the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize, and the Icelandic national prize for playwright of the year. She has been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Award four times, as well as the Nordic Council Literary Prize.

Vala Thorodds is an Iceland-born poet and publisher. She is founding director of the independent literary press Partus, managing editor of Sine Wave Peak, and co-editor of the poetry journal Pain. Thorodds’ work also appears in Hotel #4.

John Holten first novel, The Readymades, was published in 2011 by Broken Dimanche Press—the “fictional” art press he co-founded in Berlin in 2009. It was followed up by the novel Oslo, Norway (Broken Dimanche Press, 2015). Holten has collaborated with many visual artists on texts and publications in recent years. He has been awarded Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, most recently in 2017. The Readymades is republished in Ireland by gorse editions. Holten also appears in Hotel #5.

Leah S. Dworkin is a writer & artist living in New York City, where she is working on a collection of stories entitled Hey Whitefish, along with another collection of unnamed short stories, and a longer prose thing that might someday in the future resemble a novel. She recently got her MFA from Columbia University, and has been published in BOMB & elsewhere. Online she goes by frumperella. Dworkin also appears in Hotel #4.

Luc Sante’s books include Low Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003), The Factory of Facts (Granta, 1998), Kill All Your Darlings (Verse Chorus Press, 2007), and most recently The Other Paris (Faber & Faber, 2015). Sante also appears in Hotel #4.

Emma Mackilligin is a poet and woman. She is based in London.

Kyle Coma-Thompson is the author of The Lucky Body (Dock Street Press, 2013) and Night in the Sun (Dock Street Press, 2016). 

Gareth Evans is a London-based writer, editor, film/ festival/ event producer and Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator. 

Lauren Dostal is an assistant prose poetry editor for Pithead Chapel and a fiction reader for Outlook Springs. She graduated from Florida State and now lives in a steamy, mosquito-ridden suburb of Tampa, FL. Her recent work can be found in Entropy, Split Lip and Always Crashing. She tweets at @ell_emm_dee.

Molly Gunther is an artist and writer from the Pacific Northwest currently interested in facing reality, the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up—loneliness as a destructive force—and the effect certain people can have on your life. She lives and works in Chicago.

Joanna R. Goldberg lives and writes in New York City. Goldberg appears in Hotel #4.

Helen Charman is researching maternity, sacrifice, and political economy. She teaches undergraduates at the University of Cambridge, and primary school children in Hackney. Her pamphlet, Support, support came out in August 2018 from Offord Road Books and her work can be found in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI. Her other writing can be found in The White Review, Cambridge Humanities Review, Another Gaze and The Baffler.

Jessica Bonder is an American fiction writer. Her short stories have been published in The Stockholm Review, The Lonely Crowd, HVTN, and STORGY, as well as FIVE:2:ONE and BULL Magazine. She lives in New Jersey.

Rowan Evans is a poet, composer and sound artist who studied at Cambridge University and is the author of freak red (Projective Industries, 2015), cante jondo mixtape (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2017), ODE RHIZOME MOUNTAIN SONG (Moot Press, 2016) and returnsongs (Wide Range, 2012). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and a selection of his work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 7: These Hard and Shining Things(Penguin, 2018) with Geoffrey Hill and Toby Martinez de las Rivas. Rowan is co-editor of Moot Press, where he co-curates the Anathema reading series, and artistic co-director of the interdisciplinary performance company Fen. Evansis currently studying apractice-based PhD research in modern poetry and ancient languagesat Royal Holloway. Evans also appears in Hotel #3.

Jonathan Chandler—after a decade and a half working in the comics mediumship—has earned himself the moniker of ‘Britain’s most isolated cartoonist.’ His works have been described as “scorched-earth sex nightmares,” often playing out as Darwinian struggles in bleak undefined landscapes. His comedy-comics-collection Wet Shape in The Dark of (Breakdown Press, 2018) was published in the Autumn months alongside episode four of his ongoing crime and body-horror comic, John’s Worth. Chandler also appears in Hotel #4.

NJ Stallard is a writer, editor and poet. Her work has been published in Tank Magazine, Broadly, PN Review and Ambit.

Anne Michaels is a novelist and a poet. Her books have been translated into more than 45 languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award and the Lannan Award for Fiction. Her novel Fugitive Pieces (Bloomsbury, 1998) was adapted as a feature film. Her latest book of poetry, All We Saw (Bloomsbury, 2017), was published in 2017 and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Jack Goldstein is a musician and musicologist. He was awarded the Bob Gilmore Prize for Outstanding Work in Musicology for his work on the influence of politics and the fallout of the UK Miners’ Strike on the British brass band movement. 

Anna Cathenka is the author of They Are Really Molluscs (Salo Press, 2018) and Dead Man Walking (New Fire Tree, 2018). She is a graduate of UEA’s MA Poetry and currently works as a Creative Writing workshop facilitator and outreach tutor. Her collaborative sci-art project ‘p0_EM’ was shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz prize in 2018.

A.K. Blakemore lives and works in London. Twice a winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Competition, her work has been widely published and anthologised, appearing in magazines including Poetry London, Poetry Review, Magma & Ambit. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Humbert Summer (Eyewear), appeared in 2015, and her second, Fondue, was published by Offord Road Books in the summer of 2018.

Luke Kennard is the author of five collections of poetry and a novel, The Transition (4th Estate, 2017). His latest poetry collection Cain (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He lectures in the School of English at the University of Birmingham.

Adrian Bridget is a writer and publisher. In recent years he has taught at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and had his work read and performed in the UK and The Netherlands. He lives and works in London.

Jess Cotton is a writer living in London. She writes mostly about poetry. Cotton appears in Hotel #1.

Sam Weselowski is from Vancouver, Canada. His poetry has appeared in Hotel, Canadian Literature and foreveryyear.eu. I Love My Job is forthcoming from If a Leaf Falls Press (2019).

Nina Powles is a writer and poet from Wellington, New Zealand, of mixed Malaysian-Chinese descent. She is the author of field notes on a downpour (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2018), Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017) and a collection of short essays on food forthcoming in 2019. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and in 2018 was one of three winners of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize.

Makiko Furuichi is a laugh and lives in Nantes, France. She studied drawing in Kanazawa (Japan)—where she was born—and has since developed her practice in Europe. Recent solo shows have been held at Frac des Pays de la Loire (Carquefou, France, 2018), Wish Less (Tokyo, 2018), and her work was included in the Mega Press publication, Trapper Keeper #6 (2018). She has published two books with Jonathan Chandler Tank N’ Shine (Chambre Charbon, 2017) and Abattoir (Chambre Charbon, 2018).



The editors would particularly like to thank Richard BrammerVictoria BrownJess ChandlerNicolette PraçaJacques Testard and Vala Thorodds for their assistance and support.



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