Karen Karslyan is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, translator and a literary theorist. He was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Started writing in 1999 and has been widely published since 2000. His works have appeared in a number of printed and virtual media, including literary periodicals and anthologies in Armenia, as well as the U.S., France, Canada, Australia, Russia and Georgia.
Karslyan's first book X Frames/Sec was published in 2003 as the 4th issue of Bnagir, an Armenian experimental literary journal, which was devoted to his literary works cover-to-cover. Karen Karslyan was declared the "Writer of the Year" by Armenia's public TV.
Karen Karslyan is a recipient of the Young Artists Award 2004 in the field of literature for his Password, a novel.
His first poetry book, which can loosely be translated from Armenian as Devil's Pen or Poet's Den or Writer's Unblock, a collection of 38 deformed hayrens (a form of medieval Armenian poetry) was published in June 2010 in Yerevan, Armenia.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.