Jaromír Typlt (Czech Republic) was born on 25 July 1973 in Nová Paka, a small town in the Czech border region. He studied philosophy and Czech literature at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, graduating in 1997 with a doctoral thesis on Czech surrealist poetry. He spent some time working for a therapeutic community for people with mental illness, and in 2000–2010 was the curator of a small art gallery. He currently lives in Prague, where he is active as a performer and studies art brut.
Typlt first appeared on the Czech literary scene in the 1990s with poetry influenced by a surrealist understanding of the imagination (Lost Inferno/Ztracené peklo, 1994), and with short prose works inpired by the spiritual atmosphere of his native region (Movable Thresholds of Temples/Pohyblivé prahy chrámů, 1991). He received the Jiří Orten Award in 1994.
Since 2000, Typlt has increasingly moved beyond the field of literature towards live performance, music, and visual arts. His experimental work explores mainly the limits of language (see the books not all that/že ne zas až, 2004, and Pressure/Stisk, 2007). His latest book of poems is called In A While/Za dlouho (2016). Since 2009, Typlt has collaborated with composer Michal Rataj to create improvised audio-text experiments as part of their joint project entitled Scribbles/Škrábanice. He also collaborates with visual artists (Jan Měřička, Viktor Kopasz), creating thus unique artists’ books and bibliophile objects.
Translations of his poetry have been published in various magazines and collections, including Hebenon (Italy), Die Horen (Germany), Wyspa (Poland), Nunc (France), and Akhali saunje (Georgia).
In 2010, he attended an artists’ residence at the Hesse Literary Forum in Wiesbaden, Germany, and in 2016, an artists’ residence in Tianjin, China. He has presented his performances at international festivals in Vilenica, Krakow, Berlin, Frankfurt-am-Main, Vilnius, Tbilisi, Xichang, etc.