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When that light begins to dim, fan the flame just enough to ingnite something - Vladimir Mayakovsky

Our Team

Roman Kostovski, Publishing Director & Aquisitions Editor

Roman Kostovski has a B.A. in Russian Language and International Relations from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Russian Language and Linguistics from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Lecturer of Czech Certification from Charles University in Prague.  He has taught Czech at George Washington University and worked as a Central and Southeastern European Media Analyst at Georgetown University.  He translates poetry and prose from Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, and Slovak into English. His translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Absinthe-New European Writings and Watchword Press and the Poet Lore. His translations include Arnost Lustig’s Fire on Water (Northwestern University Press, 2006),  Viktor Dyk’s Czech classic The Ratcatcher (Plamen Press, 2014), Vitězslav Nezval’s Farewell and a Handkerchief-Poems from the Road (Plamen Press, 2020).  He founded Plamen Press in 2013, a print-on-demand publishing house for the promotion of literature from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe throughout the English-speaking world. He works and resides in Washington, D.C.


Rachel Miranda, Managing Editor

Rachel Feingold was born in Zurich, Switzerland, immigrated to the US at the age of eight and has lived largely in Connecticut. She relocated to Washington, DC, in 2014 after completing an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature at the Bennington Writing Seminars. She received her B.A. in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University and has since written and edited literary and scholarly works ranging from historical retrospectives and memoirs to poetry, novels, and plays. In addition to her current editing work for Plamen Press and her freelance clients, she coordinates literary events in the region and is writing a novel about the immigrant experience.  She was the recipient of a 2015 Vaclav Havel Writing Fellowship to research the biography of Czech author Hana Andronikova in Prague. Her fiction has been published in The Bennington Review and in the anthology Seeking Its Own Level, which was named a Top-Five Finalist for Best Anthology in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.



We are an independent publishing house based in Washington DC that focuses on publishing the most influential writers and poets from Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe. 

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