Anahit Hayrapetyan was born in 1981 in Armenia. Initially she studied computer science at the State Engineering University of Armenia, and in 2005 she participated in World Press Photo seminars. Currently she is studying at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen. In 2002, the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art published her first book of poems. In 2005, her second book Taboo was published, winning the Young Writer Award of the Writers Union of Armenia. Her poems have been published in Inknagir, Bnagir, Actual Art, Garunand Gretert magazines. In 2010, Anahit Hayrapetyan participated in the Days and Nights of Literature festival in Romania . Alongside writing she is engaged in photography. Her photos have been published by National Geographic Traveler, Eurasianet.org, Armenianow.com, Zaman, Ogoniok,and Newsweek. In 2006, she won the President's Prize in Armenia, as well as prizes for Eurasia Social Portrait 2007, Black Sea and Caucasus 2008, Europe and Asia 2009. Currently, she is combining her two interests and publish a bilingual book (in English and Armenian) about her pregnancy that will also include photos. See Anahit's blog here.
Read Claudiu Komartin's translations of Anahit's poetry in Romanian here
'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.