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Bulgaria

Anastas Petkov

Anastas Petkov is a documentary photographer based in Bulgaria. His first series, The Cruelest Theater (2012), focused on the seaside town of Burgas and its main summer...

Boryana Neykova

Boryana Neykova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1992. Her primary and middle school education was accomplished at the National Music School Lyubomir Pipkov with specialty in playing piano and...

Irina Ivanova

Irina Ivanova has a bachelor’s degree in English from Sofia University. She worked as a journalist for Reuters before enrolling in the translation and editing master’s program at...

Alek Popov

Alek Popov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1966. He graduated from St. Constantine Cyril the Philosopher College for Ancient Languages and Cultures in Sofia and later received...

Yordanka Beleva

Yordanka Beleva is one of the most interesting new voices in Bulgarian prose—despite the fact that she began her literary career in late 1997 as a poet, sweeping all the major national...

Ivan Kolarov

Ivan Kolarov has a bachelor's degree in Library and Information Sciences from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. After graduating, he worked for one of the...

Kristin Dimitrova

Kristin Dimitrova is a poet, writer, and translator born in 1963 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her novel, Sabazius (2007), was awarded the national Hristo G. Danov prize, was shortlisted...

Annie Dancheva

Annie Dancheva was born in 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated with degrees in English and American Studies and Translation and Editing from Sofia University with Spanish and Italian as second...

Theodora Dimova

Theodora Dimova is an award-winning writer and playwright. She graduated with a degree in English from Sofia University and has studied at the Royal Court Theater in London. She is the...

Zachary Karabashliev

Zachary Karabashliev is a novelist, playwright, and a screenwriter. His debut novel, 18% Gray, is a bestselling title in Bulgaria and was published in the United States, France, Poland,...

Angel Igov

Angel Igov (b. 1981) is the author of two novels, The Meek (2015) and A Short Tale of Shame (2011), the latter also published in English. He has also published two collections of short...

Georgi Gospodinov

Georgi Gospodinov was born in 1968 and is one of the most translated contemporary Bulgarian writers. His first novel, Natural Novel, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2005 and was...

Alek Popov & Angela Rodel

Author bio Alek Popov (born Sofia, Bulgaria, 1966) is one of the most popular contemporary Bulgarian writers, working not only as a novelist but also a dramatist, essayist, and short story writer....

Olga Nikolova

Olga Nikolova completed her PhD at Harvard University with a dissertation on modern poetry, graphic design, and academic writing. She's been translating the works of Ezra Pound and Gertrude...

Svetlozar Zhelev

Svetlozar Zhelev is director of the newly reopened Bulgarian National Book Center. He was previously editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of Granta and longtime director of Ciela publishing...

Olya Stoyanova

Olya Stoyanova was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from Sofia University, where she is now a PhD candidate. She is the author of...

Kalin M. Nenov

Kalin M. Nenov is a translator, editor, agent, publisher, and writer. Currently, he lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, and serves as Creative Director of the Human Library Foundation. His translations have...

Agop Melkonyan

Agop Magardich Melkonyan (1949–2006) was a Bulgarian fantasy writer, translator, journalist, university lecturer, and publisher. He worked as a journalist for Orbita newspaper for many...

Vlado Trifonov

Vlado Trifonov is a Bulgarian journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. He writes film, television, and theater criticism for Bulgarian and foreign language journals, and has made many...

Georgi Tenev

The novel Party Headquarters (Altera, 2006) brought Georgi Tenev his first serious recognition, winning the VIC Bulgarian Novel of the Year Award (2007). The novel came out in Spanish from the...

Martin Karbowski

Martin Karbowski is one of the best-known names in new Bulgarian journalism and the first representative of Gonzo journalism in Bulgaria. Over the past twenty years, he has worked at all the major...

Rouja Lazarova

Rouja Lazarova was born in Sofia in 1968 and immigrated to Paris in 1991. She first studied philology in college in Sofia, then came to Paris to study political science, including at the...
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