Pelin Özer was born in 1972. She graduated from the Galatasaray High School and then studied journalism at the Istanbul University. She worked at several media companies and publishing houses. Since 2003 she has been a freelance writer. She is the author of two books. Latife Tekin Kitabı(Interview, Everest Publications) was published in 2005 and Cam Kulübeler (Haikus, Roll), which is a collection of her selected haikus, was published in 2007. Her writing has developed as a fusion of poetry, travel writing, essays and critical reviews that have been published in magazines such as Express, İz, Chronicle, Sanat Dünyamız, kitap-lık, Akatalpa, Sözcükler, Cumartesi, Bireylikler. She is the winner of the Special Prize of the Boğaziçi Book Fair Haiku Competition.
'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.