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Igor Isakovski (Macedonia)

Igor Isakovski, poet, prose writer, translator and editor was born in 1970 in Skopje, Macedonia. He has a B.A. in World and Comparative Literature from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, and an M.A. in Gender and Culture from CEU, Budapest. He is founder and director of the Cultural Institution Blesok, where he works as editor-in-chief.

Isakovski's published books of poetry and prose include: Letters (1991), Black Sun (1992), Explosions, Pregnant Moon, and Eruptions (1993), Vulcan - Earth - (1995), - Sky (1996, 2000), Engravings, Blues Phone Booth (2001), Sandglass (2002), Way Down in the (poetry, 2004), Swimming in the Dust (2005, awarded Prose Masters prize 2005), Blues Phone Booth II (2006, awarded 2007 annual prize for best visual-graphic design of a printed book), Interning for a Saint (2008), and The Night Is Darkest Before the Dawn (2009).

Isakovsky translates poetry, prose, and essays from and into Macedonian, English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, and Slovenian. His works have been translated and published in English, Dutch, Romanian, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Montenegrin, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovakian, Korean, Hebrew, and Turkish, in 20 countries. He lives in Skopje, with his wife Kalina, their daughters Sara and Lina, and all of their friends.