Roman Korec was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, and emigrated to the West Coast of Canada at the age of 11. He graduated from Simon Fraser University and later attended a film school that went bankrupt during his studies. There, he wrote and directed a fifteenminute film, allegory no.43, and wrote the feature-length tragicomedy, i are the Kanatan. In his writing, he mines the layers of his (and the collective) Eastern European past and transposes them onto the social and political reality of the present day. The short story and poem published here—his debut—is part of a recently completed collection of modern-day allegories, riddles and fairytales. He is currently working on a fine-art photography book and a semi-fictional novel and he helms thebestplaceonplanetglobe.com, a satirical blog written by a fictional character. He lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.
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