Nikola Madzirov

Macedonian poet, editor, essayist and translator Nikola Madzirov was born in Strumica in 1973 to a family of Balkan War refugees, and grew up in the Soviet era in the former Republic of Yugoslavia ruled by Marshall Tito. He was 18 when Macedonia gained independence, and has since published several collections of poetry, including Studentski Zbor award-winner Locked in the City (1999), Aco Karamanov Award-winner Somewhere Nowhere (1999), and Relocated Stone (2007), winner of the Hubert Burda Prize for East European poets. The contemporary jazz composer and collaborator of Björk and Lou Reed, Oliver Lake, has composed music based on Madzirov’s poems. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. The first translation of his poetry into English was Remnants of Another Age, translated by Peggy Reid, Graham Reid, Magdalena Horvat and Adam Reed, and published with a foreword by Carolyn Forché by BOA Editions in the US in 2011 and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2013. A German edition, Versetzter Stein, translated by Alexander Sitzmann, was published by Hanser Verlag in 2011.

He has taken part in many literature festivals, including Poetry Parnassus at London’s Southbank Centre in 2012, and has received several international awards and fellowships, including the DJS award for contemporary world poetry in China, International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and Literarisches Tandem in Berlin. His other honours include the Marguerite Yourcenar fellowship, the Miladinov Brothers poetry prize (Struga Poetry Evenings) and residencies at KulturKontakt in Vienna, LCB in Berlin and Villa Waldberta in Munich. He is one of the coordinators of the international poetry network for Lyrikline.

Poems featured here are taken from the book REMNANTS OF ANOTHER AGE (BOA Editions, USA / Bloodaxe Books, UK).