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North American Premiere of The Air around the Butterfly

August 16, 2009 by · 2 comments


You are cordially invited to the North American Premiere of The Air around the Butterfly / Въздухът около пеперудата. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer will read poems in English and Bulgarian, answer questions, and sign books. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, August 27, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer’s first book, The Air Around the Butterfly, is a bilingual collection of poetry, with each poem appearing side by side in both Bulgarian and English. Originally written in English, each work has been translated by the author into her native Bulgarian. The collection is comprised of three sections: My Mother Was Going to War, E. T. and I Phone Home, and The Apple Who Wanted to Become a Pinecone.

The book is available on

Katerina Stoykova’s “The Air around the Butterfly” is lapidary poetry, even ascetic, without excessive wordiness and stylization; poetry that intrinsically creates its own form, like an authentic confession peering into itself and into the world … Katerina Stoykova ’s American poetry is also Bulgarian, not only because it is translated by its author into Bulgarian ,but also because it introduces us to the artistic self-awareness of a new breed of Bulgarians.
Prof.Svetlozar Igov

Katerina Stoykova was born in Bourgas, Bulgaria, where she graduated from the Electronics and Electrotechnics program at the Free University of Bourgas in 1995. During the same year, she immigrated to the U.S., where she has worked as an engineer at IBM and Lexmark. She holds an MFA in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. K. Stoykova is the founder and leader of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves as Deputy Editor in Chief of the English language edition of the online magazine Public Republic and hosts Accents – a radio show for literature, art and culture.

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