Articles by Nikola Madzirov

Nikola Madzirov (poet, essayist, translator) was born in a family of Balkan Wars refugees in 1973 in Strumica, R. Macedonia. His poetry has been translated into forty languages and published in collections and anthologies in US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For his poetry book Relocated Stone (2007) he received the Hubert Burda European poetry award for authors born in East Europe, and the most prestigious Macedonian poetry prize Miladinov Brothers at Struga Poetry Evenings. For the book Locked in the City (1999) he was given the Studentski Zbor award for the best debut, while for the collection of poems Somewhere Nowhere (1999) the Aco Karamanov prize. According to his poetry two short films were shot in Bulgaria and Croatia. The contemporary jazz composer and collaborator of Björk and Lou Reed, Oliver Lake, has composed music based on Madzirov’s poems which was performed at the Jazz-Poetry Concert in Pittsburgh in 2008.
Nikola Madzirov has participated at many international literary festivals and events in US, Latin America and Europe and has received several international awards and fellowships such as International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in US; Literarisches Tandem and LCB in Berlin; KultuKontakt fellowship in Vienna; Villa Waldberta in Munich and Villa Marguerite Yourcenar in France. He is one of the coordinators of the world poetry network Lyrikline.
His book in English “Remnants of Another Age” was published in UK by “Bloodaxe Books” (2013), in USA by “BOA Editions” (2011) and in Australia by “Vagabond Press” (2013).

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Diversity and Identity

Diversity and personality embody two names of the silent urge towards genuineness. To inhabit the name of someone who dies is more a preservation of the diversity of the ones who live, rather than...