Nikola Madzirov

Nikola Madzirov © Civitella Ranieri

Nikola Madzirov, born in 1973 in Strumica (North Macedonia), in the family of war refugees from the Balkan Wars, is a poet, essayist and translator. His poems are translated into more than thirty languages. The American jazz composer and collaborator of Björk and Lou Reed, Oliver Lake has composed music based on his poems. Nikola Madzirov was poetry editor of the e-magazine Blesok and Diversity. He was granted several international fellowships. His poems and essays and reviews on his poetry appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Tagesspiegel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Sinn und Form, American Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, London Times (TLS), World Literature Today, El País. Madzirov is translator of Yehuda Amichai, Li-Young Lee, Slavenka Drakulić, Vasko Popa, Georgi Gospodinov, Faruk Šehić, Ana Ristović, among others. He lives in Strumica.

Publications (Selection):
Dlan i netaknuto. Treći Trg, 2020.
Valgus Ja Tolm. Kirjastus Kaksikhammas, 2017.
Rester från ett annat sekel. Rámus, 2013.
Lo que dijimos nos persigue. Pre-Textos, 2013.
Remnants of Another Age. BOA Editions, 2011; Bloodaxe Books, 2013.
Gur i zhvendosur. Poeteka, 2012.
Versetzter Stеin. Hanser, 2011.
Rúnimirce an Anama. Coiscéim, 2010.
Преместен камен. МАГОР, 2007.

Awards (Selection):
2021: Yaddo fellowship, USA
2019: Civitella Ranieri fellowship, Italy
2019: IWW at the Baptist University in Hong Kong
2016/2017: DAAD writer-in-residence – Berlin
2016: “Xu Zhimo Silver Leaf Poetry Award” for contemporary European poetry at King’s College in Cambridge, UK
2014: Passa Porta fellowship in Brussels, Belgium
2014: Marguerite Yourcenar fellowship, France
2012: LCB fellowship in Berlin
2011/2009: Villa Waldberta fellowship in Munich, Germany
2007: “Hubert Burda“ poetry award for authors born in Eastern Europe

Festival Content

FORUM: EUROPE’S DIVERSITY HAS NO SKIN

Delicate paths in the garden of languages

⇒ Tickets 3€ | Festival Pass 19€ 

Poets let us hear their poetry and essayistic language portraits in Ladin, Occitanian, Macedonian, Southern Sámi and Welsh and swap ideas about minority languages and their relationship to the more widespread languages in poetry.

Roberta DapuntAurélia LassaqueNikola MadzirovJohan Sandberg McGuinneGrug Muse