Elizabeta Bakovska was born in 1969 in Bitola, Macedonia. In 1992 she graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and in 2000 she obtained her MA at the same faculty. She has published two books of poetry: Житие на нашата љубов/Biography of Our Love (2003) and Состојби на духот и телото по триесеттата/Conditions of Body and Mind after You Turn Thirty (2005); one collection of short stories: Четири годишни времиња/Four Seasons (2004) and a novel: Н а пат кон Дамаск/On the Way to Damascus (2006). She has also written essays and literary criticism. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies and published in Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian and English. In 2010 she won the first prize at the 60 th annual most distinguished national short story competition in Macedonia, organised by Nova Makedonija daily. Currently she is working on her PhD thesis on Macedonian women writers with Euro Balkan Institute in Skopje. Elizabeta Bakovska is editor of Blesok Poetry
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