Family Issues: Launching SAND 18

Main image designed by Bárbara Fonseca incorporating the issue cover photograph of Elina Bergmark Wiberg’s ‘Still Life with Grapes’, 2017, mixed media including silicone, soap and legumes, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist.

Who are our people? What came before us? How far back can we go?

Our 18th issue features work from Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria, and everywhere in between, seeking to find long-lost relatives, question identities, and reckon with personal histories.

Come and toast its launch with us, enjoy micro-readings from SAND’s extended family and a party until late.


SASKIA VOGEL is a Berlin-based writer and translator who grew up in the US and Sweden. Her debut novel will be published in 2019, and her work has previously been published in Granta, The Paris Review, The White Review, Sight & Sound, The Offing, and more.

BRADLEY SCHMIDT is a Leipzig-based American translator and editor of the literary blog “Leipzig Is Lit”. He’ll be reading his translations of Maren Kames’ poems, one of which, “Sendoff Salvos” from “halb taube halb pfau”, appears in SAND Issue 18.

ALEXIS SMILEY SMITH is a Berlin-based writer originally from Oregon. “Uncle of Things”, a piece of creative non-fiction featured in SAND Issue 18, is part of her thesis work entitled “Liminal Spaces: Essays On the Beautiful Terror.”

ELINA BERGMARK WIBERG is a multimedia artist based in Stockholm, whose work features in SAND Issue 18. She’ll be talking about her artistic practice, including her unique use of a range of materials in her installations, from soap and silicone to legumes.


Readings will be followed by DJ sets from James Falco (aka Mary Scherpe & Florian Duijsens) and Rawry D.


When 8 p.m. on 30 November 2018

Marie-Antoinette, Holzmarktstraße 15-18, Jannowitzbrücke, 10179 Berlin 

Doors open at 8:00pm
Entry €5
Reduced entry
Entry + Issue 18 at the door €12 

Transportation S+U Jannowitzbrücke

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Based in Berlin, SAND is a nonprofit literary journal published twice a year by a team from the city’s international community. Featuring work by writers, translators, and artists from around the world, SAND seeks out fresh and underrepresented perspectives.