Kamelia Spassova was born in 1982 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated with a MA in Theory of Literature from Sofia University (2005-2006) with master thesis The genre of tragedy: Muthos and Doppelgangers. At present she is a PhD student at the Theory of Literature department where she is working on Event and Example in the order of Discourses for Literature: The Problem of Exemplarity Work which deals with the tension between literary examples and exemplarity work in philosophical and theoretical researches.
Kamelia is a founder-member of the art-group Ustata (The Mouth), the purpose of which is to outline and visualise, to designate and enunciate the art of young artists. The art-group has organised poetry and visual medium events. She has published the collection of lyrics Parcel N: 17 ( Plot No17). Her works are translated in Danish, Croatian and German.
As of 2009 she is the editor of Literaturen vestnik ( Literary Newspaper).
'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.