Bedřich Václavek (1897–1943) was a prominent member of the Czech avant-garde group Devětsil, with a strong interest in Dadaist movements. In 1924, he was editor of the first issues of the Brno-based Pásmo with Artuš Černík and František Halas. With Halas, as well as Zdeněk Rossmann, he put out the 1927 anthology of the international avant-garde magazine fronta. He also served as editor at another Brno-based cultural-political publication, Index, that ran from 1929–39 with very interesting typographic design by Rossmann, who had studied briefly at the Bauhaus in Germany.
Meghan Forbes is Czech Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches a course on the interwar avant-garde magazines of Central Europe, as well as Czech language and literature. Her writing on the magazines has appeared on post, the online research platform of MoMA, and other essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and Umění/Art. Meghan’s translations from the Czech and Slovak have been published by Words without Borders, molossus, When in Drought, and harlequin creature. She is the creator and coeditor of the latter, a small press dedicated to literature and the arts. Meghan recently received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the 2016–17 academic year, she is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.