Panitza Library

Book Presentations & Readings Series present Prof. Vladimir Levchev and his latest book “Love in the square”, April 11, 2017

April 06, 2017

Panitza Library, 11 April, 7.30.

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Vladimir Levchev is the author of 15 books of poetry published in Bulgaria and five books of poetry published in the United States, a book of essays, as well as three novels. (Also books of his poetry were recently published in Italy and Macedonia.) Levchev was born on October 17, 1957, in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the English Language High School and the Art Academy in Sofia in 1982. He worked as an editor of English language literature with Narodna Kultura Publishers between 1982 and 1989. Levchev published Glas, a “samizdat”, underground magazine for politics and culture, banned by the communist authorities. After November 10, 1989, Levchev was co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of Literaturen vestnik weekly for literature, and general coordinator of Free Poetry Society. In 1994 he won a Fulbright scholarship and went to Washington, DC, where he got an MFA in creative writing from American University. During his stay in the US, Levchev taught literature and writing at University of Maryland, George Washington University, Montgomery College, as well as Central High School (P.G. County). He aslo taught Bulgarian Language at FSI (Department of State). His poems, translated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor, were published in several books and anthologies. Since 2007, Levchev has been teaching literature and writing at the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad.  His first novel Marco: The Balkan Prince was published in Bulgaria in 2000; a second edition appeared in 2006. It was also translated in Macedonian, and his play based on the novel is in the schedule of Sofia Theater ( in Sofia) for the next year to be staged by the famous director Tedy Moskov. Levchev is a columnist for Dnevnik daily. He is the translator of T.S. Eliot. Allen Ginsberg, Sara Kane, Stanley Kunitz, as well as the Bhagavad Gita and Odysseas Elytis ( in collaboration).

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