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Tanya Kolyovska

Tanya Kolyovska was born in Sofia. Since graduating from the Sofia University, she has been working as a freelance journalist and translator.

Her first book of poems Elusive Light was published in 1988. In 1997 her second book Bird’s Compassion came out, followed by The Bottom of the Hat (1998) and Farther on Try Yourself (2004). She has been awarded the Antonietta Drago Grand Prize at an all-European poetry contest in Rome.

Even though for the time being she is mainly translating (one of her latest translations is the best selling book Gomorra by Roberto Saviani), when she does put down verse, in the words of Kristin Dimitrova “Kolyovska’s poems make you bleed, but they do not allow for whining”.

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