Rumena BUŽAROVSKA (fiction writer, editor, translator; Macedonia) has three books of fiction published and translated into several languages. Her story collection Mojot Maž, which won the Edo Budiša Award for Best Short Story Collection in 2016, will in 2019 appear from Dalkey Press as My Husband. A scholar, she is also an activist on behalf of marginalized populations in Macedonia. In 2016, Literary Europe Live named her one of Ten New Voices from Europe.
Vladimir MARTINOVSKI Владимир Мартиновски (fiction writer, poet, critic, translator; Macedonia) teaches comparative poetics at Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, and is the secretary of the Macedonian PEN Center. The author of ten poetry collections and many volumes of literary criticism and theory, he has received awards for poetry (at the International Struga Poetry Evenings) and for literary criticism. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Zanina MIRCEVSKA teaches playwriting, directing, and creative writing in the drama department of the University of Skopje. Her most recent play, The Place Where I Have Never Been, was staged this year in Ljubljana (Slovenia). She received her theatre and film training at the University of Ljubljana, and earned the M.A. from the Kiril I Metodij University in Skopje.
Nikola MADZIROV is the author of five collections of poetry, including [‘Relocated Stone’] (2007), which won both the Hubert Burda Poetry Award and the Miladinov Brothers Award in 2007. Madzirov’s work has been translated into dozens of languages, including English. He has participated in writing residencies in Vienna, Graz, and Krems.
Lidija DIMKOVSKA studied comparative literature at the University of Skopje, then earned a Ph.D. in Romanian literature from the University of Bucharest, where she taught Macedonian language and literature. Now she lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her books of poetry include The Offspring of the East, The Fire of Letters, Bitten Nails, and Nobel vs. Nobel., and an edited anthology of recent Macedonian poetry. Her first novel, Candid Camera, won the “Stale Popov” award for best prose work.
On 10/15/2020, the Al Quds/Jerusalem-based Palestinian poet Najwan DARWISH (IWP ‘10) and his translator will be launching Najwan’s new English-language collection, Embrace. (Registration for the Zoom event and a small fee required.)
Nine contemporary American stories were rendered into Russian by a collective of young Kazakhstani translators, working with editor Yuriy SEREBRIANSKY (IWP ’17) at the Translation Laboratory, hosted by American Space & Makerspace Almaty.