Marko Pogačar was born in 1984 in Split, Croatia. He graduated in Comparative Literature and History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. At the same university he is currently studying for a PhD in literature, culture, performing arts and film. He has been regularly publishing poetry, essays, and literary criticism in Croatian and foreign magazines and newspapers, online and on Channel 3 of Croatian radio. Marko Pogačar is a fellow of the Milo Dor scholarship (Vienna), and Civitella Ranieri foundation (New York/Umbria).
He has published three poetry collections: Twisters over the Santa Cruz (AGM, 2006) which won the `Navrh jezika' prize, for the best poetry manuscript by an author younger than 35 (2005) and the`Kvirin' prize, for the best poetry book (2006); the second edition, in electronic form, is available online at www.elektronickeknjige.com (2009) . His latest collection Epistles to Common People (Algoritam, 2007), was shortlisted for the `Kiklop' prize for the poetry book of the year (2008). In 2009, he published his collection Predmeti (Subjects), which is currently being translated into Macedonian for Antolog, Skopje. Recently, he published two works of non-fiction Atlas glasova (V.B.Z, 2011) and Jer mi smo mnogi (Algoritam, 2011).
He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi‐weekly for cultural and social issues. He works for various publishers, editing poetry, translations, various non-fiction and theoretical editions. He is a programme board member of Goran's Spring, the oldest and most significant Croatian poetry festival.
His poetry has been translated and published in about fifteen languages in foreign magazines and anthologies. In 2010, translations of his poem collections have been published by German, Serbian and Catalan publishers.
He takes part in various poetry festivals and events in Croatia, Europe and worldwide (Germany, Nicaragua, Austria, Venezuela, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia, etc.) He has also published translations from English, mostly of contemporary American poetry. He is a drummer in a post‐punk combo called Death Disco.
'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.