Maria Kalinova was born in1983 in Sliven, Bulgaria. She graduated in Bulgarian Philology at the Faculty of Slavic Philologies, Sofia University with a MA degree in Literary Theory with a thesis Narrowed Publicity: Cryptographies in the Bulgarian Revival Correspondence (2006). She is a PhD student in Bulgarian Literature of the Revival Period at the same University. The topic of her dissertation is Literary Publicity and the Construction of Figures of Morality. Together with Kamelia Spassova she is working on the project: Doubles as Uncanny Figures in Literature. She is co-founder of the art-group Ustata (The Mouth).
At the beginning of 2009, Maria became an editor of Literaturen vestnik ( Literary Newspaper). She has participated in poetry festivals abroad and had her poetry is translated into Croatian and German. She has published two books of poems Okoto ( The Eye), 2004 and Podnogieto na vecheriata ( Under the Knife of Supper), 2008.
'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.