Angel Igov was born in 1981 in Sofia. A graduate from the First English Language School in Sofia, Angel has a BA degree in English Philology and a MA in Literature Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He is a PhD student in West European Literature at the same university. In 2003 he studied at Roehampton University in London. He is the author of two collections of short stories: Sreshti na putia ( Meetings on the road) (2002) and К. (2006). The first collection won the Grand prize for a prose debut at the national competition Iuzhna prolet (Southern Spring) in 2003. The second collection was nominated for the Elias Kaneti prize in 2007.
Angel has won prizes for prose in the Rashko Sugarev competition and for literary criticism in the Boyan Penev competition. He works as a literary observer in 5 on Richter culture broadcast on TV7 (since 2005) and for Cultura newspaper (2006-08). He regularly publishes his works in Literaturen vestnik ( Literary Newspaper), Кapital Light, Altera, Sega, Manager, 1 Sedmitsa v Sofia( A Week in Sofia), and others. He was also a host on Vsiaka Subota ( Every Saturday) culture broadcast on Net radio (2004-05). Angel was a judge for the novel of the year competition Vik ( Shout) in 2007 and for the poetry book of the year competition Ivan Nikolov in 2009. He has translated into Bulgarian a novel of each of the following authors: Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Douglas Kennedy and Ian McEwan. His short stories are translated in French, Hungarian, Serbian and Croatian. Angel is a co-founding member of the National Council of ZELENITE (The Green) political party.
'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.