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“We Call Ourselves Interventionist Artists”

July 5, 2013 by · 2 comments

Interview with Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer Kurt and Kremena at the opening reception for DISCARDED: Lexington Photo: Rich Copley/Lexington Herald-Leader Kremena Todorova teaches American Literature as well as classes that ask students to meet and work with their neighbors face to face. Born and raised in Communist Bulgaria, she continues to […]

Drago Simeonov: 100 Pieces of History should entertain, not to teach or edify.

May 20, 2013 by · 3 comments

Jasmina Tacheva interviews Dragomir Simeonov Hello! Your book 100 Pieces of History was presented at Stroeja last week. How did the event go and are you planning any more presentations of the book soon? It was very fun, thankfully, because the basic idea of 100 Pieces of History is to entertain, not to teach or […]

Plunging into the Depths to Measure

May 6, 2013 by · 1 comment

Christopher McCurry interviews Patty Paine Tell us about yourself and your full-length book The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing 2012). I grew up in Vernon, NJ, and after high school I joined the Marine Corps. I played clarinet in the Quantico Marine band, and my career would best be represented by the TV show “Gomer Pyle, […]

Sarah Freligh: The Mother and Daughter are Like Cars in Many Ways

April 8, 2013 by · 2 comments

Christopher McCurry Interviews Sarah Freligh Sarah Freligh at a book signing at AWP conference in Boston, 2013 Tell us about yourself and your award winning chapbook A Brief Natural History of an American Girl (Accents Publishing 2012). I live in Rochester, New York, on the North Coast of the United States with two cats the […]

Tom Joyce: Literature… slows down experience to an engageable unit

March 13, 2013 by · 4 comments

Jasmina Tacheva Talks with Thomas C. Joyce, Adjunct Professor of English at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York Tom Joyce with his daughter, Gilbert. Photo courtesy of Fiona Joyce. 11/16/2011 What do you think literature is and why do we need it in our Hi-Tech, multi-fast, mega-dynamic society? I will answer in reverse order, because I […]

Artist of the Week — Dalia Al-Khalil

March 12, 2013 by · No comments

Viktor Mazhlekov Talks with the Winner of His Essay Contest Portals, Dalia Al-Khalil Hello, Dalia, how long have you been writing? Since high school. I had a wonderful teacher of literature that was encouraging any unusual manifestation of thinking. What are the topics that interest you in your stories? I can not and would not […]

Valentin Alexiev: Hitchhiking is a journey with one’s own self

March 9, 2013 by · No comments

Jasmina Tacheva Talks with Web Developer Valentin Alexiev Валентин Алексиев на церемонията по връчване наградите на есе-конкурса на Виктор Мъжлеков “Портали” What do you like about the Internet and the development of mobile and web applications? Technologies attract me and I like that I can let my imagination run free and make many ideas come […]

There Is no Room in Love for Violence

February 2, 2013 by · 1 comment

Christopher McCurry interviews author Jeremy Paden Tell us about yourself and your soon to be released book Broken Tulips (Accents Publishing 2013). I was born in Milan, Italy, where my dad was studying medicine. But I was raised in the southern U.S. (Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana) and in Central America and the Caribbean (Nicaragua, Costa […]

Petya Kokudeva: “A child is a dose of courage for me”

January 26, 2013 by · No comments

Jasmina Tacheva talks with author Petya Kokudeva Hello! Petya or Radost and what does “fist” have to do with your name? My name is Kokudeva – and “kokuda” in the Rhodope region means fist. My first name means stone or rock in Greek. On the other hand I was originally named Radost, but then my […]

Women and the Canon: the Measure which Is Not One

January 16, 2013 by · No comments

Milena Kirova, Ph.D. Photo: “Bagryana and Slovenia” Translated from Bulgarian by Ralitsa Muharska Bulgarian literary history is a well developed scholarly area with traditions going back to the late 19th century. What it still lacks, though, is a comprehensive systematic History of women’s literature. Of course, one could easily claim that the work of women […]

Is Your Poetry Manuscript Ready? Part One.

January 1, 2013 by · No comments

Our manuscripts are always ready. Sometimes they are ready for us to work on them some more. Sometimes they are ready for a month-long nap in a drawer to take a break from us. Sometimes they are ready for us to stop obsessing and relineating and to send them to try their luck with real […]

Happy 2013!

January 1, 2013 by · No comments

Photo: faungg Dear readers, authors and editors of Public Republic, We wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2013; may it be filled with wisdom, inspiration and laughter! Happy New Year!

Dimitar Pijev: “Everything has the potential to become art sooner or later, or a material for art”

December 28, 2012 by · No comments

Jamsina Tacheva Talks with Dimitar Pijev Hi Dimitar, where are you right now and would you mind introducing yourself – what should the readers know about you before they continue reading this interview? Your quesitons are finding me in the frost-bound Sofia. I just finished reading one of the most exciting and moving novels I’ve […]

Artist of the Week — Katarzyna Makolus

December 10, 2012 by · 1 comment

Maja Jankowska Talks with Fashion Photographer Katarzyna Makolus Hi Katarzyna, would you like to tell our readers a little bit about yourself? Hello. Of course, I would. I am an 18-year old fashion photographer. I live in Poland, where I create and study. I took up photography seriously about a year ago. I try to […]

The Book Horrors

November 24, 2012 by · 1 comment

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer We write poems. We work hard at our craft. We learn. We get feedback from respected mentors. We edit. We send work out for publication. It gets rejected. We are discouraged. We refuse to give up. We send work out again. Eventually, several poems get picked up in various journals. Maybe even one […]

In My Own Accents

November 19, 2012 by · 3 comments

Katerina Stoykova Klemer Many times people have asked me what it is like to write poetry in a second language and what the difference is between writing in English and writing in Bulgarian. First, I want to say that I find joy in writing poems, and the joy of writing in English is identical to […]

Kevin P. Keating: “I think any work of fiction… must address some universal human concerns and behavior patterns.”

November 7, 2012 by · 4 comments

In addition to Public Republic, Kevin P. Keating‘s fiction and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals, including The Ampersand Review, Identity Theory, Exquisite Corpse, Perigee, Whiskey Island, Juked, The Mad Hatter’s Review, Wordriver, and many others. The Natural Order of Things is his first novel. He currently teaches English at Baldwin-Wallace University […]

Stefan Kisyov: “I am cosmopolitan who loves his homeland”

October 3, 2012 by · 1 comment

Best Selling Bulgarian Author Stefan Kisyov Talks with Lauren Sophie Kearney Where are you from? I was born in Stara Zagora, a beautiful city founded by Emperor Trayan, a city with very rich history. This fact impressed me so much in my childhood. When I was playing as a child I was very often finding […]

Artist of the Week: Anjela Nedyalkova

September 25, 2012 by · No comments

Jasmina Tacheva Talks with Actress, Decorator and DJ Anjela Nedyalkova Translated by Jasmina Tacheva Konstantin Bojanov‘s film “Avé” in which Anjela plays the lead female role, will be presented by MoMA between Oct 3 and Oct 8, 2012 Hi, Anjela, what are you up to? Right now, I’m trying to prepare as best as I […]

Elizabeth Kostova and Debra Gwartney at CapitaLiterature

September 15, 2012 by · 2 comments

Sofia Papazova talks with Elizabeth Kostova (founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation) and author Debra Gwartney at CapitaLiterature (29–31 May 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria) – the annual follow-up of the famous Sozopol Fiction Seminars Mrs. Kostova, when did you first have the idea to start the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation? When I came to Bulgaria on my […]