Roman Simić Bodrožić
Roman Simić Bodrožić was born in 1972 in Zadar, Croatia. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Comparative Literature from the University of Zagreb. He is the Artistic Director for the Festival of the European Short Story www.festival-price.profil.hr/ and the editor of the series entitled Anthologies of European Short Story. As a prose writer he won the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin stipend in 2004, and the CCN Graz stipend in 2003. He participated at the presentation of contemporary Croatian prose writers in Vienna in 2001 and 2003 and in Gothenborg in 2004. He also took part at the Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean in Rome in 1999 and at the Days of André Malraux, an international literary meeting in Sarajevo in 2000. Simić’s short stories were included into various selections and anthologies of contemporary Croatian prose and translated into German, French, Swedish, Slovenian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Catalan, Slovak and English.
Simić’s publications include: U trenutku kao u divljini ( In the Moment Like in the Wilderness, verses, 1996, Zagreb; second Goran prize for Young Poets); Mjesto na kojem ćemo provesti noć ( A Place Where We’re Going to Spend the Night, short stories, 2000, Zagreb; translation into Polish, 2003, translation into Slovenian, 2004), and U što se zaljubljujemo ( What Are We Falling in Love With, short stories, 2005) which won the Jutarnji list Prize for the best Croatian prose book of the year 2005. and is translated into German and Serbian (in 2007), Spanish, and Slovenian (2008). Roman Simić Bodrožić lives in Zagreb and works as editor at Profil International publishing house.
Read Roman's short story Foxes in Transcript, the trilingual review of writing in translation.
'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.