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Kristin Dimitrova


Bulgarian writer and poet Kristin Dimitrova was born in 1963 in Sofia. Graduated in English and American Studies from the Sofia University, she now works as an assistant professor at the Department of Foreign Languages. In the period 2004-2006 she was an editor of Art Trud, the weekly supplement for arts and culture of the Trud Daily. Between Sept. 2007 and Jan. 2008 she was a columnist for the Klasa Daily.



Jacob’s Thirteenth Child (1992)
Svobodno Poetichesko Obshtestvo, Sofia;

A Face Under the Ice, (1997)
Svobodno Poetichesko Obshtestvo, Sofia;

Closed Figures (1998)
Ab Publishers, Sofia;

Faces with Twisted Tongues (1998)
Literaturen Forum, Sofia;

Talisman Repairs (2001)
PAN Publishing House, Sofia;

Kristin Dimitrova: Selected Poems in Greek, Bulgarian and English, (2002)
(transl. into Greek by Panos Stathoyannis)
Soros Center for Arts, Sofia;

The People with the Lanterns (2003)
Janet 45 Publishers, Plovdiv;

A Visit to the Clockmaker (2005)
(transl. into English by Gregory O’Donoghue)
Southword Editions, Cork, Ireland.

The Cardplayer’s Morning (2008)
Janet 45 Publishers, Plovdiv;

My Life in Squares
(forthcoming from Smokestack Books, 2010)


Tarot: the Doors Within (2001)
LIK Publishing House, Sofia;

Life and Death under the Crooked Pear Trees (2004), short stories,
Obsidian Ltd., Sofia.

Sabazuis (2007), a novel,
Ink (Locus Publishing Ltd.), Sofia.

The Secret Way of the Ink (2010), short stories,
Obsidian Ltd., Sofia.


The Goat (2006) (“Kozelat”)
written in co-authorship with film director Georgi Dulgerov.
The film was released in 2009.

Etienne (2007)
written in co-authorship with film director Svetla Tsotsorkova after Dimitrova’s short story of the same name.

Translations into Bulgarian:

The Anagram (1999), a selection of John Donne’s poetry,
Obsidian Ltd., Sofia.


1996: The Trud Daily Award for poetry of the year.
1997: The Vek 21 Literary Weekly Award for A Face under the Ice.
1997: The Gold Metaphor Award of Ab Publishers for A Face under the Ice.
1997: The Ivan Nikolov Award of Janet 45 Publishers for A Face under the Ice.
1998: Second Place (for team performance) at the Poetry Olympics in Stockholm, organized by International Organization of Performing Poets.
2001: Third Place in the Fantasy Short Story Contest of Argus Publishers.
2003: The Trud Daily Award for short story of the year.
2003: The Association of Bulgarian Writers Award for The People with the Lanterns.
2004: The Union of Bulgarian Translators Award for The Anagram.
2006: Ritzar na Knigata (Knight of the Book) – A Bulgarian Book Association Award, given to journalists who actively promoted Bulgarian book publishing and literature.
2006: Winner of the national contest of Ink (Locus Publishing Ltd.) for the Bulgarian participation in The Myths series. (Given for Sabazius.)
2008: Hristo G. Danov , the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Plovdiv Award (fiction category), for Sabazius.

Shortlisted for:

2004: Helicon Award for Love and Death under the Crooked Pear Trees.
2008: The Ivan Nikolov Award for The Cardplayer’s Morning.
2009: The Canetti Award for Sabazius.


Translations of poems and short stories by Kristin Dimitrova have been published in anthologies and literary journals in Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Catalonia (in production), Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.

Kristin Dimitrova’s contributions: