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Tinted Trails | The Book

Published November 10th, 2023 News

We present the world’s first print anthology solely focusing on prose and poetry by non-native English writers:

Tinted Trails.
Exploring Writings in English as a Second Language

features a best-of Tint Journal texts from issues #01 to #10, as well as new works by renowned ESL authors to show the wide and bright kaleidoscope of worldwide literature in English.

The book holds 35 texts, both poetry and prose, organized in four chapters, carefully assembled by guest editors Marjorie Agosín and Juhea Kim, consulting editors John Salimbene and Matthew Monroy, and the anthology editors Lisa Schantl, Filippo Bagnasco, Andrea Färber and Chiara Meitz. The artworks were curated and the illustrations drawn by Tint Art Editor Vanesa Erjavec.

Release: November 2023
Publisher: Verlag FORUM STADTPARK
Price: € 22,-
ISBN: 978-3-901109-84-3

Order your copy now here, or email info@tintjournal.com. Pick-up is possible in Graz or Vienna.

The book presentation took place in November 2023 in Graz, Austria, as well as partially online. More information here.


More about the book:

From India to Romania, from South Africa to Puerto Rico, the over 30 writers collected in these pages share one fundamental characteristic: their love for English. The first ever printed anthology entirely dedicated to those who write in English as a second language (ESL) is the result of five years of the literary magazine Tint Journal and the efforts of a worldwide team of volunteers and writers. This collection offers both authors and readers the chance to meet via the medium of the English language, in a whirl of perspectives, sensibilities, and idiolects.

The book showcases fiction, nonfiction, and poetry previously published online on Tint Journal and a selection of so far unpublished texts from well established translingual voices. The breadth and the possibilities of the English language are unlocked by the variety of cultural, geographical, and personal experiences of these writers, each adding a crucial contribution to the present and future development of multilingual literature. Topical introductions by Marjorie Agosín and Juhea Kim add weight and context to the collection, while the themed sections that bring together the various texts — Belonging, Migration, Upheaval, (Self)Identity — guide the reader through the peculiarities of this fundamental collection of ESL writings.

With its origins in such a rich and diverse literary and cultural environment, Tinted Trails proudly joins the ever-growing landscape of global literature in English.


Layout by Andreas Kolli. Illustration by Vanesa Erjavec.


Contributing writers:

Leila Aboulela | Olja Alvir | Natalie Bühler | Urvashi Bundel | Tim Tim Cheng | Galina Chernaya | Min ‘Matthew’ Choi | Brianna Colmenares | Lindi Dedek | Naoko Fujimoto | Yanita Georgieva | Lisa Giacalone | Edvige Giunta | Viktoriia Grivina | Jee Ann Marie E. Guibone | Wil-Lian Guzmanos | Gabriela Halas | Thea Inuk Lønberg-Jensen | Ioana Morpurgo | Leonid Newhouse | Sihle Ntuli | Adriana Oniță | Yuko Otomo | Gladwell Pamba | Susmita Paul | Giada Pesce | Akhila Pingali | Skanda Prasad | Francisco Serrano | Nilofar Shidmehr | Ilan Stavans | Laura Theis | Maja Ulasik | Jingshu Yao | Huina Zheng



Our Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Tinted Trails has successfully closed on May 1. We were able to raise enough funds from pre-orders to go ahead with the production and want to thank all backers for showing their love in our work and ESL writing!

After almost five years of publishing the online literary magazine Tint Journal, this is a new milestone in ESL literature. We want to thank all our readers and donors for their incredible support over the past years.

For inquiries, contact info@tintjournal.com.

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz