Tsvetanka Elenkova was born in Sofia in 1968. She has published five poetry collections and two books of essays, Time and Relation and Bulgarian Frescos: Feast of the Root. Her poetry has been translated into thirteen languages. Two poetry collections have appeared in English, The Seventh Gesture and Crookedness. Her work has appeared in the magazines Absinthe, ILQ, MPT, Orient Express, Poem, Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review and Zoland Poetry. She has been a guest at numerous literary festivals, including Čortanovci (Serbia), Lodève (France), Poeteka (Albania), Struga (Macedonia), Tinos (Greece) and Vilenica (Slovenia), and taken part in translation workshops in Istanbul (Turkey). She has edited the anthology At the End of the World: Contemporary Poetry from Bulgaria together with the magazines Ah Maria and Europe 2001 in Bulgaria and Helios in Greece. Crookedness has been nominated for the Ivan Nikolov National Prize for Poetry, her translation of Speaking of Siva for the Hristo G. Danov National Award. Other translations include poetry by Raymond Carver, Rosalía de Castro, Bogomil Gjuzel, Lois Pereiro, Manuel Rivas and Fiona Sampson. She is editorial director of the publishing house Small Stations Press.
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