Miladinov Brothers

Award "Miladinov Brothers"

The „Miladinov Brothers” award was established in 1963 as recognition for the best poetry book between two editions of the Struga Poetry Evenings festival.

The “Miladinov Brothers” Award is the most important national poetry award in Macedonia. This award was named in honor of the renowned Macedonian educators and revivalists, the brothers Dimitar, Naum and Konstantin Miladinov. The eldest of the three brothers, Dimitar, was a collector of Macedonian folklore and enlightener, the middle brother Naum is the first Macedonian musicologist and melographer, whereas the youngest brother Konstatin is the founder of contemporary Macedonian poetry. The “Struga Poetry Evenings” were established in 1961 in his honor. The “Miladinov Brothers” Award is awarded for the best poetry collection published between two festival editions. Each year, the “Struga Poetry Evenings” publish a representative edition of the winner of the “Miladinov Brothers” Award, translated into English. The first winner of the Award was Mateja Matevski for his poetry book “Equinox” in 1963.

Awarded Poets

Lidija Dimkovska

Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. She took Ph.D. degree in Romanian literature at University of Bucharest, Romania. She worked as lecturer of Macedonian language and literature at the Faculty of Foreign languages and literatures, University of Bucharest, Romania. She has published several books of poetry which have been awarded both national and international awards, the latests being Hubert Burda Award for Eastern European Poetry. Her latest book of poetry is entitled pH Neutral for Life and Death (2009). She published her first novel Hidden Camera in 2004 and for it she received the award of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia for the best novel of the year. It has been translated in Slovenian (2006) and Slovakian (2007). Her poems have been translated and published in more than 20 languages all around the world. She has participated at numerous international literary festivals and residencies. Currenty, she lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia as a free-lance writer and translator of Romanian and Slovenian literature in Macedonian.

Iva Damjanovski

Iva Damjanovski, born on 09.01.1996 in Skopje, N. Macedonia, is a recently graduated Piano Performance student at the Faculty of Music, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, class of prof. Todor Svetiev (2014-2019) and is currently studying at the Free University of Bolzano, at the Master of Musicology Program. She is the author of “The performance of the future – the contemporary performance phenomenon in music and theatre, it’s development and communication with the audience.”, published in the fourth edition of the scientific journal “Ars Academica” by the Faculty of Music and Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Skopje (2016) and ““ELEORP 76”: MUSICA NOVA MACEDONICA: Macedonian Electroacoustic music, her development and characteristics“, published and presented at the fourty-second conference of the annual Struga Autumnal Music Manifestation by SOKOM (2017). Her first poetry book “Тие” was published by “Blesok Publishing“ and the book is the winner of the “Igor Isakovski” award for best debut poetry book by a young author (2017). In 2019 the second and broadened edition was published by PNV Publications and in 2020 her second poetry book “Двоумење” was published by the same publisher and was recently awarded the prestigious national award “Браќа Миладиновци” at the Struga Poetry Evenings. Her poetry has been published in the anthology poetry book “Rukopisi 40” (2017), the anthology poetry book “32 Macedonian Poets. Voices of the new Century” (PNV Publishing) and an Anthology of Young Poets from N. Macedonia publushed by Vakxikon. Her poetry has been translated in serbian, croatian, slovenian, greek and english. She is part of the experimental electro-acoustic project “Improof” (piano, vocals, theremin) as well as director and part of the organization and performing team of “No Hay Banda”, a series of concerts dedicated to film music, in collaboration with the Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Skopje and the interdisciplinary concert-couple “Monochromatica” and “Monologues” dedicated to contemporary Macedonian classical music. She has worked actively with theatre and is the author of the score for the play “The White Disease“ by Karel Čapek, directed by Gorjan Arevski, which premiered in 2018. She is also a member of the “Pro Ars” choir (conducted by Maestro Sasho Tatarchevski) and actively participated in the projects and concerts organized by the University as well as student-organized events. Currently works as an accompanist at the Faculty of Music, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje and on an album as part of the experimental duo “Alembic”.

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Jovica Ivanovski

Jovica Ivanovski– born in Skopje, 1961. Author of fifteen books of poetry and several selections in Macedonian and English language. He is present in numerous anthologies and has had his works translated in fifteen languages. Winner of the “Brothers Miladinov” Award at the “Struga Poetry Evenings” for his book “The human”. He works and lives in Skopje.

Zoran Anchevski

Zoran Anchevski (b. 1954), is a poet, university professor, translator and essayist. He has published eight books of poetry that have been well received by the critics and highly acclaimed and awarded by various awards, including Studentski Zbor, for best first book of poems (1984), the international poetry award Giacomo Leopardi in Italy (2004), the Miladinov Brothers Award at the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival, the most prestigious national poetry award for his most recent book of poems Celestial Pantomime (2018), etc. He has also published a number of essays, reviews, and a book-length study in literary theory and criticism, Of Tradition (2007). He is the editor and translator of several poetry and short story anthologies in English and of many major British, American and Macedonian poets and prose writers into Macedonian or English. For his work in translation he was awarded the national translation award Grigor Prlichev (2001). His Selected Poems (in Macedonian and English) was published in 2011. Selections from his poetry have been translated into more than twenty languages and published in various magazines and anthologies at home and abroad. He is a member of Macedonian Writers’ Union, two times secretary and current president of Macedonian P.E.N., former president of the Organizing Board of the Struga International Poetry Festival (2002-2007). Lives and works in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Mihail Rendzov

Mihail Rendžov was born in 1936 in Štip, Republic of Macedonia. He is a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre and of the Macedonian Writers’ Association. He is the author of following books: A migrant of fire (poetry, 1965), Night growing of the word (poetry, 1967), Where from this side (poetry, 1968), On the brink of dream (poetry, 1972), Fear (poetry, 1976), Midnight (poetry, 1979), Nerezi (poetry, 1982), Auto-da-fé (poetry, 1985), Phoenix (sonnets, 1987), The Earth. Flood (poetry, 1991), Dreaming travelling (book for children, 1991), He (long lyrical poem, 1993), Deck of cards 33 (poetry, 1994), Eternal and endless (poetry, 1996), I oxymoron (poetry, 1998), Angela is dreaming (poetry for children, 1998), Psalms (poetry, 2000), Apocalypse (poetic drama, 2002); Zachariah and other stories (short stories, 2006), Galichica (poetry, 2007), Scattered. Collected (essays/notes, 2008); Harbinger (poem, 2009); Sonnets (poetry, 2010); Manuscript – Soulscript (poetry, 2011); Sighs (poetry, 2013); Ocarina (poetry, sonnets, 2015); Elegies of myself (poetry, sonnets, 2017). He has won numerous awards among which: “11th October” award and “Miladinov Brothers” award for his poetry book Nerezi (1982); “Grigor Prlicev” award for the long lyrical poem He (1993); “Aco Šopov” award for his poetry book I oxymoron (1999); “Racinovo priznanie” for the book of short stories Zachariah and other stories (2004), “Grigor Prlicev” award for Harbinger (2009) and “Miladinov Brothers” award for Elegies of myself (2017).

Ivan Djeparoski

Ivan (Ivica) Djeparoski (b.1958, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia) is a poet, philosopher, cultural theorist and translator. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He is an author of twenty five books: eleven books in the field of aesthetics and cultural theory, six poetry books, two poetry anthologies and also of six anthologies in literature and aesthetics, for which he was awarded the “Mlad Borec” (1984), “Dimitar Mitrev” (1993) “Paradigm” (2009), and “Brothers Miladinov Prize” (2016). He works at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje as a professor of “Aesthetics”, “History of Aesthetics” and “Cultural Theories”. He was/is head of the Institute of Philosophy (2004-2009; 2013- ), head of postgraduate studies of the Institute of philosophy (2010-2013) and secretary of Macedonian P.E.N. Centre (1999-2001; 2009-2014). He also translates (W.Blake, Y. Brodsky, J.Joyce, D.Hume, E.Burke). He was granted the “Grigor Prlicev Award” (1993) for a poetic rendition. His poetry and some of his essays and books are translated into several languages. Poetry books: Pictures at an Exhibition; Eclogues; Poems; Will for Thought; The Abduction of Europe; The Light of Mount Athos.

Violeta Tančeva-Zlateva

Violeta Tančeva-Zlateva was born on 25 April 1968 in Borievo, Strumica. She graduated in Yugoslav literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. She writes poetry, short stories and essays. She has been a Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 2000. She is the recipient of the “Miladinov Brothers” Award presented by Struga Poetry Evenings for best book of poetry in 2015. She has published the following prose books: A Book of the Dream (1991), Coming Back (1993), On My Way to Borievo (1999), Colourful Letters (2008) and the books of poetry: My Picasso (2007); Prisoners of Silence (2010); Fiery (2011); Our Story (2013), A Summerless Year (2015).

Vera Čejkovska

Macedonian poet, physicist, essayist and translator. Born in 1954, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Received her B. Sc. (physics) from the Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 1979, her M. Sc. From the University of Zagreb, Republic of Croatia, in 1990, and her D. Sc. From the Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2005. Lecturer at the Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Seismological Observatory. Member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre, the Macedonian Writers’ Association, the Society of Physicists of the Republic of Macedonia and the Macedonian Association of Engineers in Physics. Former secretary of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre (2006 – 2008). Former member of the editorial board of The Macedonian P.E.N. Review (1996 – 2000, 2006 – 2009: editor-in-chief). Former member of the editorial board of Stožer – a magazine of the Macedonian Writers’ Association (1998 – 2000, 2002 – 2004). Author of seven poetry books, winner of three national poetry awards. Her poems have been translated into fifteen languages and included in anthologies and selections of Macedonian poetry, published in the Republic of Macedonia and abroad. She has participated in many domestic and foreign poetry festivals and manifestations. A considerable number of Macedonian critics issued more than thirty reviews on her poetry, appraising it from its very beginnings as “”radically innovative in relation to the rest of the Macedonian poetry”” and denoting it as “”quantum poetry””, “”noetics-and-poetics”” or “”holographic poetry”” (Georgi Stardelov), “”a new sensibility”” (Milan Gjurčinov, Mateja Matevski), “”poetics of restructuring”” (Kata Ќulavkova)… Her scientific publications (in Macedonian or English) include monographs, papers and encyclopedic articles in seismology. Beside, she regularly contributes to various journals and magazines with essays and translations from English, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian.

Risto Jacev

Risto Gj. Jacev was born in the Aegean part of Macedonia. With thousands of Macedonian children refugees and persecuted from their homes, he experiences a dramatic childhood and youth in emigration. He graduated in literature at the Faculty of Philology at the University "Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje. At first he worked for a while as an artist and high school teacher, and then he moved to the then Radio Skopje (today Macedonian Radio) where he worked as a journalist and editor until the end of his working life. As an extremely prolific writer Risto Gj. Jacev has been present in contemporary Macedonian literature for more than forty years with poetic, prose and dramatic achievements. Apart from the Macedonian literary standard, he writes poems in his native Voden dialect, which, together with the poets Sande Stojcevski (who also writes in Kumanovo) and Liljana Chalovska (who also wrote in the Struga dialect) is one of the few contemporary Macedonian writers who nurture and affirm the dialectal poetic work. His poetry is presented in none of the anthological selections of contemporary Macedonian literature. It has been translated into many world languages. He is a member of the Writers' Association of Macedonia (DPM) in Skopje after 1967. Lives and works in Skopje. He is the winner of the prestigious award "Miladinov Brothers" in 2013.

Milos Lindro

Milos Lindro is a Macedonian poet, critic, essayist and translator. He was born on September 9, 1952 in Kosel, Ohrid region. He studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. He worked in the publishing house "Makedonska kniga" and was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Glas". Works in the Ministry of Culture within the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. He lives in Skopje. He participated in the creation of the poetic manifesto "On the Step of Speech" (Razgledi, 1980) in which he advocates the poetics of the generative which is realized through the so-called "Model of weakened naming." Translates from Serbo-Croatian and Romanian into Macedonian. He has been a member of the Writers' Association of Macedonia since 1982. Milos Lindro is a writer who has been represented in several selections and anthologies of Macedonian poetry in the country and abroad. Milos Lindro is the author of the following books: Poetry "Polilema" 1977 KMM Skopje "Vibrations" 1980 Misla Skopje "Razgradba" 1983 Macedonian book Skopje "Words for the word 1987 Our book Skopje" Raz-gradba "1994 Prose "The sign, the word, the word" 1990

Vele Smilevski

Vele Smilevski was born in 1949 in Novo Selo, Demir Hisar area. He is a poet, literature critic and essayist. He has obtained a PhD degree in philological sciences. He works as an expert councilor in the Macedonian Literature Institute and he is a professor at the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Law in Skopje. He was a president of the Board of Struga Poetry Evenings and President of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia. He is a member of the Macedonian PEN Centre. He was chief editor of the publishing house “Misla” and Macedonian literary magazine “Razgledi”. He is the author of the books of poetry Burning down picture (1974), Cage (1978), Take a Deep Breath (1985), Echo of the Breath (1987), Moving points (1990), Scratches (1995) and others.

Vladimir Martinovski

Vladimir Martinovski (1974) is poet, prose writer, literary critic, translator. He is an assistant professor at the General and Comparative Literature Department of the “Blaže Koneski” Faculty of Philology, Ss “Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje. He received his bachelor and masters degrees at the Faculty of Philology, and his PhD at the University of the New Sorbonne – Paris III. He has authored the following books: From Image to Poem – Interference between Contemporary Macedonian Poetry and Fine Arts (a study, 2003), Maritime Moon (haiku and tanka, 2003), Hidden Poems (haiku, 2005), And Water and Earth and Fire and Air (haiku, 2006), Comparative Triptychs (studies and essays, 2007), Les Musées imaginaires, or Imaginary Museums (a study, 2009), A Wave Echo (haibuns, 2009), Reading Images – Aspects of Ekphrastic Poetry (a study, 2009) and Quartets (poetry, 2010). He co-edited the books: Ut Pictura Poesis – Poetry in Dialogue with Other Arts, a Thematic Selection of Macedonian Poetry (with Nuhi Vinca, 2006) and Metamorphoses and Metatexts (with Vesna Tomovska, 2008). He was awarded first prize at the “Nova Makedonija” Short Story Competition in 2009, and “Miladinov Brothers” Award in 2010.

Vesna Acevska

She was born in Skopje on 10 November 1952 - a poet, short story writer and translator. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. She works for the newspaper Republika, and since 1992 she has been working as a lecturer in the Institute for National History in Skopje. She is a member of teh Writers’ Association of Macedonian since 1991. She works as a translator, too, and she has translated to Finnish epic poem “Kalevala”, which brought her the award for translation “Grigor Prlichev” (2000). In her verses Acevska opposes the tradition of female singing and feminised lyrism where a certain confessional and subjective intonation dominates. Works: Rehearsals (1985), Cliff to jump (1991), Anchor for Noah (1994), Mess in the Mirror (1996); novels: Labyrinth (1993) and Steps in the Greenery (1994).

Risto Lazarov

He was born in Stip on 3 October 1949. He is a poet, critic and translator. He is Manager of the TV house of Telma in Skopje. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. He has worked as a journalist in many sections. He was a one-term manager of the agency TANYUG. He is a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. centre and since 1972 a member of the Writers’Association of Macedonia. Works: poetry: A night bird in the park (1972), Jana (1980), Frightful Giggling (1982), Drops of sour truth (1985), Summer over the ocean (1988), Boiling point (1990), Hardly trustworthy (1993), Siljan the Stork Flies Over Macedonia Once Again (1995), A History of Illness (in Russian, 1996), Reality (selection, 1996), Heracles (1999), Columbus (2000), Three for card-game (2001), The Unspoken One (2003), Czech Longing (2006), poetry for children: Gorjan in Dojran (1988) and I set off from Bitola (1990). He is also an author of books on socio-political comments – First person singular (interviews) and Page after page.

Nikola Madzirov

Nikola Madzirov (27 October 1973 in Strumica) – Macedonian poet, essay writer and translator. Works: Locked in the City (poetry, 1999), Somewhere Nowhere (poetry, 1999), Asphalt, Sky (poetry, 2003), Translocated Stone (poetry, 2007). He has won the awards of: Studentski Zbor, Aco Karamanov, Miladonov Brothers and European Award for young poet Hunert Burda allocated to authors born in Central and Eastern Europe. His poetry has been translated into many languages and it has been published in several selections and anthologies of Macedonian poetry. He is the coordinator for Macedonia of the international poetry network Lyrikline. He has taken part in many international poetry festivals and he hes won several international recognitions and scholarships (Internacional Writing Program ot University od Iowa; Kuiltur Kontakt in Vienna; Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz; Litereatur Haus НÖ).

Bratislav Taskovski

He was born in Skopje, 1960 - a poet, short stiry writer, editor, journalist, editor-in-chief of “Makedosnko Delo” and editor in the the literary monthly review “AKT” and “Forum Plus”. He studied journalism at the University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. He was a President of the Board of the international poetry manifestation Struga Poetry Evenings. Works: Fingers in Clouds “1987), Bulls in my Veins (1989), Dangerous Paper (1991), The Angel and the Woman - Muse (1994), Demonica, My Chinese Sword (2001), The Afternoon on an Optimist (2003), Poems from the Last Century (2004), Bare Land (2005), The Great Love Song (2006).

Petar T. Boshkovski

Petko Dabeski

He was born in the village of Volkovija, Tetovo on 15 October 1939. He was an electro-engineer, poet, anthologist and a public figure. He completed high school and obtained a BSc degree at the Electrotechnical Faculty of Belgrade. He has worked on planning, developing and exploatation of high-voltage switchgear installations and hydroelectric plants. He was President of the Municipality Assembly of Tetovo. His for first poems were published in 1955. Works: The Third Move, Skopje, 1982; Free Kick, Skopje, 1983; The Fourth Coordinate, Skopje, 1989, The Bride’s Chest, Skopje, 1991; Miniatures, Skopje, 1996; Outside the Experience, Skopje, 1996; Things Above the Words, Skopje, 1997; Guardians of the Fortress, Skopje, 1998; Cover of Words, Skopje, 1999, All is Haiku, Skopje, 1999 (Haiku poetry); Naiveties, Skopje, 2001 (prose poems); Caprice for Lyre and Bagpipe, Skopje, 2002; Anthology of the Macedonian Haiku Poetry, Skopje, 2003; Sheaf of Parables, Skopje, 2004.

Eftim Kletnikov

Eftim Kletnikov (Negrevo, 6 November 1946) is a poet, essay writer, critic, translator (Pushkin, Lermontov, Rassin, Valeriy). He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He was a Managin Director of SPE. “In Kletnikov’s poetry”-writes V. Uroshevic, “there is much admiration, festivity, celebration of the glitter and shine, but behind that abundance of light and hymnous emotions there could be always felt the dark premonition, a certain escalating allusion of the darkness. Works: Blue whirlpool (Sk, 1977), Lights and Twilights (Sk, 1978), The eye of the dark one (Sk, 1980), Poems for Ognen (Sk,1983), Roe and Wing (Sk, 1984), Voices (Sk,1987), The three - eyed one (Sk,1989), Instants (Sk,1992), A man and a woman facing the stars (Sk,1994), The origin of light (Sk,1995), Troy (Sk,1996), This cosmic draught etc. He is an author of books of essays and criticism Orion (Sk, 1986) and Kernel; In the Search for the Whole, as well as several Anthologies of the Macedonian poetry. He has been included in many anthologies of the Contemporary Macedonian poetry.

Radovan Pavlovski

Radovan Pavlovski - (born 1937, Nis, Serbia). Poet, essayist and travelogue writer. From 1964 to 1982 lived and wrote in Zagreb (Croatia), and from 1982 to 1985 - in Belgrade (Serbia). Since 1985 he has lived and worked in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Publications in Macedonian: poetry- Drought Weddings and Migrations, 1961; Korabia, 1964; Нigh Noon, 1966; Through the Crack of the Sword, 1971; Grains, 1975; Lightnings, 1978; Guards, 1980; Marena, 1983; Plague, 1984; Кеуѕ, 1986; Ѕоund Rider, 1995; Shield, 2001; With Оnе Еуе, 2002; Аn Осеаn in а Drop, 2008; I Аm Time, 2009; manifestos- Тhе Epic at the Polls, 1960, (with Bogomil Gjuzei); Manifesto of the Poetic Republic of Zelezna Reka, 1990; travelogues - Unlocking the Roads, 1986. Нiѕ poems have been translated and published in more than 50 languages and included in various anthologies of moden Macedonian, European and world poetry.

Sande Stojcevski

He was born in the village fo Strudena Bara, Kumanovo, on 16 September 1948. He is a poet, essay writer, literature critic and translator. He worked as a journalist, and later on as an editor of the Aducational Section of Radio Skopje, editor-in-chief and manager of the Publishin House “Makedonska Kniga”, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Stremez” from Prilep and the recently found magazine “AKT” from Skopje. He is a co-author of a five-vulume edition “Macedonian Literature in the Literature Criticism” (1973). As a poet he strives to unite the archaic (dialectic) and modern models of expression, from his first book “King of the Swans” (1972) to the last “Loose Yarn i s the World” (2003). His poetry is realized through the use of the three principles: the principle of archaism, tjhe principle of interpolation and the principle of text-test.

Slave Gjorgjo Dimoski

He was born in the village of Velestovo, Ohrid in 1959. He is a poet for children and adults, essay writer, translator. He is the founder of Velestovo Poetry Night, and former president of the Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings. He is the author of more than fi fteen poetry books: Poetry books: Engravings, 1979, Project, 1982; Cold Urge, 1985; The Last Manuscripts,1988, By- Way, 1991; Objects and Arguments, 1994; Forms of Passion, 1999; Dark Place, 1999, Weighing the words (2007), Field. Battlefield? (2008), The triptych of language (2016), Lynx reports (2017). His works have been translated and published in numerous anthologies. He has won several national and international awards among which “Aco Šopov” award and “Miladinov Brothers” award.

Jovan Koteski

Born on 14 January 1932 in the village of Prisovjani, Struga. Died on 12 July, 2001. Finished secondary education. Worked as a journalist with "Nova Makedonija”. Was President of the Council of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival. Member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre. Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 1958. Works: A smile before dawn (1958), Land and Passion (1958), Evil times (1963), Heaviness (1965), Peplosija (1966), Shadows (1972), Green Gates (1975), Heraklea (1978), Sea-boards (1981), Wakes and Dreams (1982), A Chandelier (1983), Fruits (1984), A Title Deed (1985), Live fire (1990), Grindstone of the Sun (1990), Shivers (1991), A mouse with binoculars (poetry for children, 1991), A plough handle (1992), Evil Times (1992), A Cradle (1994), Loneliness (1994), Festivity (bibliographical edition - manuscript, 1995), A Searcher (narrative poem, 1995), A Lattice (1996), Machine-gun Fire (2000).

Gordana Mihailova Boshnakovska

Gordana Mihailova Boshnakoska was born in Bitola (Macedonia) on 1st of September 1940. Lives in Skopje. She worked as an editor in the National Macedonian Television and studied at the University “St. Chiril and Methodi” in Skopje. She writes poetry (14 books). For her book Mountains of cardboard boxes she was awarded with “Brother Miladinovci” in 1998 at “Struga’s poetry evenings”, and for her book Poem on the hill she was awarded by the Association of Macedonian writers “Aco Shopov” award. She writes poetry, prose, literary critics, essays on fine art. She worked on TV shows about literature and fine art. Her poetry has been published in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Greek, etc. Her prose was translated in Chech, Polish, Swedish, Croatian, etc. She has been a member of the Association of Macedonian writers since 1965 and a member of the Macedonian Pen Center since 1970.

Gligor Stojkovski

He was born in Volkovija, Gostivar, on 7 August 1952. He is a journalist, editor, poet, publicist. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy (South Slavic Literatures) in Skopje. He worked in Nova Makedonija (1976-1999) as a journalist, editor of the Cultural Section and editor of the appendix Lik (1985-1998(, a journalist in Utrinski Vesnik (1999-2001), editor-in-chief (2001-2997) and executive manager of Cultura. He is author of many books fo poetry and popular literature. He has been translated in English, Italian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian. Works: Respite in genuine good wishes (1979), Spider (1984), The bottom of the eye (1990), Blood-stained dawns – how Koco Racin was killed (1992), A cold minute (1993), The earth will open itself (1996), Behind the herb-silence (1995), A forgotten eye in the sky (1997), The Drop Lead Water (selection, 2008).

Svetlana Hristova – Jocic

She was born in Resen on 27 February 1941. She is a poet, prose writer, children literature writer and essay writer. After the completion fo primary school and School of Pedagogy in Bitola, she graduated from the Department for Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje (1967) and, after four-year working as a teacher in the villages around Ohrid she worked as a Pedagogistat the Children Diseases Clynic at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje (1960-1970), and from then unil her retiring she worked as a journalist in the Educational Programme of Radio Skopje (1970-1995). She was a one-time secretary and president of the Macedonian Writers' Association and a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre. Founder and editor-in-chief of the review "Stozer"and founder of the poetry festival “Praznik na Lipite” 1996. She is the o-founder and President of the International Manifestation "Macedonian Spiritual Shelters” (1999), and editor-in chief of her messenger “Portal” (since 2000). She has taken part in many poetry manifestation in Macedonia and aborad. Works: poetry: Clay bowl (1970), The hidden chest (1974), The azure (1980), Ea (1984), Conveption (1990), Poetry Constitution (1992), Solitary Confinement (1993), S. The Immortal (1996), Great Pray (2000); children poetry: Iron Ring for a Swing (1981); prose: Strovishte (1994); prose for youth: The Last Battle (1980), The Macedonian Empress (1992); The Harp Player (1993); Krsta and the Beads (2003); The Macedonian Empress and the Pearl (2004); books of criticism and essays: Sait from a Tripode (2005); 111 Questions for Luan Starova (1998); selections: Duchnica (1993), Make One Miracle (2008); anthologies: The Sun in the Macedonian Poetry (2003), 100 Less One Poem (2006); Aleksandar of Macedonia in the study and consciousness of the descendants (2008).

Ante Popovski

He was born in Lazaropole on 3 July 1931 and died in Skopje on 1 October 2003. He was a poet, essayist, translator, publicist, academic. He finished primary school in his birthplace, secondary school i Bitola and Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, where he got a job as an assistant. He worked as a doctor in Debar for a while, but from 1955, since his first poetry book Reflections was published, he left the medicine and totally devoted to poetry. He was a member of Writers’ Association of Macedonia (1956) and a member of the Executive Council of Macedonia; a managing director of the newspaper Nova Makedonija and Vardarfilm in Skopje; vice-president of the Commission for foreign cultural relations; President of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia (two terms) and a President of the Council of SPE (1966/67 and 1978/79). He was elected a regular member of MASA on 10 October 2000 and was a member of the World Poetry Academy (2002). He translated many eminent authors from the Balkan and Europe from various languages. One of his translated works is the Biblical Song of the Songs. He is included in all the Anthologies of the Macedonian poetry, as well as in the Anthology of the World Poetry. His poetry has been translated in many world languages. He is one of the most important Macedonian poetry writers. A poet of the epos and epopees, of the distressing Macedonian and Old Slavic laments and elegies, a poet of the Macedonian secred words and kin words, of the mythological poetic expression rooted in the Eastern, Byzantine and Christian Macedonian poetry tradition. Macedonia and its tragic historical fate are in the core of his poetry. He elevated it to a level of a myth. He is a winner of many high national and intrenational awards and recognitions. Works: Reflections (poetry, 1955); The Vardar (poetry,1958), Samuil (poetry,1963), Insubordination (poetry,1964), Stony (poetry, 1972), Secret Words (poetry, 1975), Love words (poetry, 1980), A familyTtree (poetry,1981), Blue Poem (poetry,1984), A Voice of the Past (a publication of literary - historical and political nature, 1986), Unnamed (poetry, 1988), Fettered Time (articles and commentaries, 1991), Between Life and Omens (essays, 1991), Providence (poetry, 1995), The Eye, Lights (essays, 1996), Holy Poem (2001), Two Silences (2003). He is a compiler of the anthologiey “The Holy Land of the Word” (an anthology of Yiddish poetry, 1995) and “Orpheus and Jesus”: biblical motifs in contemporary Macedonian poetry (2000).

Petre Bakevski

He was born in Kavadarci on 5 January 1947. He was a poet, novelist, short story writer, editor, theatre critic. He has worked as a journalist, theatre critic and editor. He was editor of the Culture section of the newspaper Vecher and manager and editor-in-chief of the Publishing house “Detska Radost” within Nova Makedonija. He was an editor in the newspaper Makedonia Denes. He is a member of the Macedonian Writers' Association. He was a one-time President of the Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival. Works: Road to Summer (poetry, 1972), Landlover (poetry, 1975), Peacock’s cry (poetry, 1982), Opening Nights (theatre criticism, 1983) Torn map (poetry, 1984), Face of time (poetry, 1985), Faces and masks (theatre criticism, 1988), Glance dizzy with insomnia (poetry, 1990), Dream’s shadow (poetry, 1990), Terra Magica (poetry, 1991), Live stars (poetry, 1992), Through the golden ring of the sun (poetry, 1994) In the shadow of the sword (poetry, 1994), Shivers (poetry, 1995), Hundred Sonnets (1997), Babylon (libretto for symphonic poem, 1997) Elegies (1998), Ballads (1999), Charred logs (novellas, 2000) Red Wind (2001), Weary Clouds (2002), Gapped Stone (2002), Grief (notes, 2003), My Itaca (poetry, 2003), One Crow (short stories,2002), Two Crows (short stories,2002), Flock (novelas, 2003), Black Lamb, Wild Balkan (novel, 2004). He is an author of several plays.

Branko Cvetkoski

Born on 21 June 1954 in the village of Slatino, Ohrid; poet, literary critic, essay writer, translator, journalist, editor. He worked as a journalist on the cultural section of "Nova Makedonija" for many years. He was editor-in-chief of the publishing house "Kultura" in Skopje and of the literary journal "Stremez" in Prilep, manager-owner of the publishing house “Makavej” fromSkopje, manager of the Macedonian National Theatre, Manager of the City library Miladonov Brothers. Cvetkoski has won many recognitions for his results and achievements in the development of the world literature, of the decoration “Vladimir Mayakovski” allocated by the Wriers’ Association of Russia. Works: Turning (poetry, 1981), High Winds (poetry, 1985), Layers and voice (criticism, 1989), Fresh Ashes (poetry, 1990), Macedonian dialogues (interviews, 1990), Gift of salt (poetry selection, 1991), Earrings of stars (poetry for children, 19910, Works and virtues (criticism and essays, 1992), A waft of prayer (poetry, 1993), The word - not always opens doors (thematic supplement in the journal "Stremez", 1993), Heavenly places (audio-cassette, 1996), Critical views (criticism and essays, 1996), Higher than life (criticism and essays, 1997), Boundaries (poetry, 1997), Night book (poetry selection, 1998), Sound and resound (criticism and essays, 1999), The name. The kin. The property (narrative poem, 2000), Grief, poetry, 2002, Names and Themes, criticisms, 2003.

Jordan Danilovski

Jordan Danilovski is a poet, literary critic, essayist, novelist. Born 15th January 1957 in Debar, Republic of Macedonia. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association. Published poetry books: Fire-eater (1982), Movement, Space and Time (1984), Inner Language (1986), Multiplying Silence (1989), Simona and tales (poetry for children, 1991), Presentiment (1992), Simona is a gold piece (poetry for children, 1992), Daybreak (1994), Ona Mona to Simona (poetry for children, 1994), Book tma (1996), The Wild nest (1998), Mystic (1999), Book Navi (2002), Book OM (2004), Whispered One (2006). One of the founders of Stozer literary review and the literary festival of the Macedonian Writers’ Association. Awards include “Miladinovci Brothers”, “Aco Sopov”.

Risto Vasilevski

Was born in the village of Nakolec, in Prespa, Macedonia, in 1943. He is a member of the Macedonian Academy of Science and Art, a poet, essayist, literary critic, writer for children, anthologist, translator and publisher, who writes in Macedonian and Serbian. So far, he has published twenty-two books of poetry, two books of philosophemes, paracopes and notes, two books of poetry for children, two novels in verses for children and twenty three selections of poetry. He has won more than thirty important national and international rewards; he is a member of the Slovenian Academy of Literature and Art, of the International Association of writers and publicists, of the Union of Writers of Macedonia, the Union of Writers of Serbia and the Association of Translators of Serbia.

Rade Siljan

He was born in Zhvan on 16 April 1950. He is a poet, essay writer, critic, anthologist, textbook writer, translatior, editor. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the University Ss Cyrial and Methodius in Skopje. He worked as a journalist, and later on as an editor in Radio Skopje. He was a manager of the publishing house “Makedonska kniga” and founder and manager of the publishing house “Matica Makedonska” from Skopje. He is complier to many anthologies of Macedonian poetry and prose. He has been the President of the Writers’ Association of Macedonian since 2008. Works: Third image of time (poetry, 1975), Shadows of reality (poetry, 1980), A patched up shape (criticism and essays, 1986), Dialogue with time (criticism and essays, 1988), A messenger (poetry, 1989), Walling-up the shadow (poetry, 1990), The word's magic (criticism and essays, 1991), Literary co-ordinates (criticism and essays, 1999), Supplements to teaching literature in five volumes (criticism, 2000), Voice of Ancestors, poetry, 2001; Romantism, study in collaboration with P. Gilevski, 2003; Draught in the fatherland, poetry selection, 2004; Bitter Vilayet, poetry, 2006.

Katica Kulavkova

She was born in Veles on 11 December 1951. She is a poet, literature critic, essay writer, translator, and anthologist. She is a member of MASA and Secretary of the Department for Linguistics and Literature Study. She has graduated from the Philosophy-history Faculty at the University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. She has obtained a PhD degree at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb with the thesis: Characteristics of Lyricism. She works at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. She worked for one year in the Lectorate of Macedonian Language and Literature at INALCO in Paris. She was an one-term President of the Macedonian P.E.N. centre. In the essay “Before Katica Kulavkova’s Poetry”, academic Mateja Matevski sublimely notes:”Bearing inside an impressive quantum of information, knowledge and data from a rich textbook in a widespread intellectual and imaginative historic and geographic cultural range,with firm fundaments in aesthetics, poetics and linguistics, over the dismantled standard language, syntax and structure of poetry Katica Kulavkova does not proceede with knocking down and ruining, but she realizes and confirms her concept of lyricism, her creative approach, her principle of a certain “speech of accord, high eloquence where sound and meaning correspondent...”, her “personal and atypical concept of the world and human” Works: Annunciation (poetry, 1975), The Act (poetry, 1978), Our consonant (poetry, 1981), New sweat (poetry, 1984), Figurative Speech in Macedonian Poetry (studies, 1984), Neuralgic spots (bilingual edition, Vrsac, poetry, 1986), Step and resignation (essays and criticism, 1987), Wild thought (selection of poetry, 1989), The specifics of Lyrics (study, 1989), Thirsts, lascivious poems (poetry, 1989), Different time (poetic prose, 1989), Longing for a system (studies and criticism, 1992), Domino (poetry, 1993), Venture and Result (criticism, 1996), Expulsion of Evil (poetry, 1997), Stone of temptation (criticism, 1997), Theory of Literature (1999), Macedonian Essay (2000), Inter-world (poetry, 2000), Hermeneutics and poetics (chrestomathy, 2003)

Slavko Janevski

Slavko Janevski (Skopje, 11 January 1920 - Skopje,30 January 2000), a poet,short story writer, novelist, essay writer, painter. He took up literature and painting from very early age. He was a participant in the National Liberation War. As a member of the Third Macedonian Assault Brigade, he writes the verses Blood-stained Thread, published immediately after the Liberation. Since January 1945 he was the editor of the first periodic publication for children in Macedonian “Pioner”. He was a Chief editor of the literature magazines “Nov Den”, “Sovremenost” and “Horizont” and of the humoristic-satyrical magazine “Osten”. He spent a great part of his life as aan editor in the publishing houses “Koco Racin”, “Makedonska Kniga” and “Nasha Kniga”. He was one of the founders of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia (1947) and its President; a President of the Board of Struga Poetry Evenings and Racin’s Meetings, as well as one ofthe founders of MASA. His works have been translated in all the Yugoslav and many other world languages. He has been included in Macedonian, European and world anthologies. He was the author of the first novel and the first novella in the Macedonian literature and of oneof the biggest opuses in the Macedonian literature. In his poetry work, his most significant work is The Gospel according to Peyo the Smart, in the literature for children the triology Puppy Paff (Puppy Paff in the town of Sumsul, Puppy Paff watches from the space, and Puppy Paff the master of Dreams); in his prose writings his most significant work is the novel work Kukulino, in which (in 10 volumes) he follows the historic pilgrimage of the tribe of Kerubin through whole 14 centuries, shown in a chaos of vices and despair, in disorder and disunion, with boundaries of misunderstandings and interpersonal confrontation. In his opus there are erected history and myth, reality and fiction. He was an author of two screenplays and art exhibitions. He was a winner of high national, Yugoslav and world awards and recognitions in the area of literature and film. Works: The Blood-stained thread (poetry, 1945), The railway track of youth (with Aco Sopov, poetry,1946), Pioneers, Boys and Girls, little insects and Forest Beasts (poetry for children, 1946), Singing Letters (poetry for children, 1946), A Million Martyrs (epic poem for children, 1948), Poems (1950), The street (a story, 1950), The Aegean gunpowder tale (poetry for children, 1950), Lyric (1951), The Village beyond the Seven Ash-trees (novel, 1952), Sugar story (a story for children, 1952), Clowns and People (short stories, 1956), The two Marias (novel, 1956), and stone (poetry, 1957), The Sleep-walker (novel, 1959), The Shadow of Karamba Baramba (poetry for children, 1959), Martians and Mice (poetry for children, 1959), Bitter Legends (travelogue, 1962), Both Pain and Rage (novel, 1964), Trukks, (a new version of the novel The village beyond the seven ash-trees, 1965), The Gospel according to Peyo the Smart (poetry, 1966), Black and Yellow (poetry for children, 1967), Kainavelia (poetry, 1968), The stubborn ones (novel, 1970), Sultry days (short stories, 1972), The Chest (short stories, 1976), The Chained Apple (poetry, 1979), Astropeus (poetry, 1979), Kites (poetry, 1983), The Miracles of Awfulness - a trilogy made up of: The Legions of St. Adonis, Dog's Crucifix and Waiting for the plague (1984), The nine Centuries of the Cherub (novel, 1986), Dog's Woods (poetry, 1988), Miracle Workers (novel, 1988), Roulette of seven numbers (novel, 1989), Puppy Paff (prose in verses for children, 1992), Behind the secret door (short stories, 1993), The Palette of Damnation (poetry, 1995), The continent of Kukulino (prose, 1996), Puppy Paff in the town of Sumsul (book for children 1996), Puppy Paff watches from the space (1996), Puppy Paff the master of Dreams (1996), While the Moles were sleeping (poetry, 1998).Posthumous publishings: The Dump (novel, 2000), Fifth season (short stories, 2001), Imained Fortress (poetry, 2002), and Galery and UniverseI (book of essays, reviews, polemics).

Vlada Urošević

He was born in Skopje, on 17 October 1934. He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, literature and art critic, essay writer, anthologist, translator, a university professor. He is a corresponding member of the international Academie Mallarme in Paris and a regular member of European Literary Academy in Luxembourg. He is a member of MASA, of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre and the Writers’ Association of Macedonia (since 1961). He is a passionate researcher of the contradictory phenomenology of the literature and science fiction, of the mythological systems of the past and presence, of the irrationalisms in the oniric experiences present in the modern and post-modern narrative discourse, starting with the book The Net for the Evasive (1980), through Ariadne's Thread (1985) and Demons and Galaxies (1988) to Astrolab (2000). Thus, as an author, too, he grows in a poet and story writer of the fantastic, oniric, surreal. His first appearence was with the poetry book Another City (1959). His first novel is entitled The Taste of Peaches (1965) and his first story collection is named Signs (1969). Uroshevic fully represents the so-called third generation of Macedonian poets with his anthology selection The Black Bull of Summer (1963) and later on with essays and criticisms colledted under the title Contemporaries (1971). WORKS: Another City (poetry, 1959), Unseeing (poetry, 1962), The Taste of Peaches (novel, 1965), A Mannequin in the Scenery (poetry, 1965), Summer Rain (poetry, 1967), Signs (short stories, 1969), Contemporaries (criticism and essays, 1971),The Night Coach (short stories, 1972), Star Balance (poetry, 1973), Diving Bell (poetry, 1975), The Dreamer and the Emptiness (poetry, 1979), The Net for the Evasive (criticism and essays, 1980), A Unicorn Hunt (short stories, 1983), The Dream Compass (poetry, 1984), Ariadne's Thread (criticism and essays, 1985), Hypnopolis (poetry, 1986), Underground palace (essays, 1987), Demons and Galaxies (study, 1988), Planet in Panic (poetry, 1989), Aldebaran (notes and travelogue, 1991), The Mythical axis of the World (criticism and essays 1993), Risks of the Trade (poetry, 1993), My cousin Emilia (novel, 1994), Panics (poetry, 1995), The Court Poet in a Flying Machine (novel, 1996), Stories from Paris (notes and travelogue, 1997), Astrolab (criticism and essays, 2000), Wild League (novel, 2000); anthologies: "French Poetry - 20th century" (1972), "Black Tower" (1976), "Contemporary Macedonian Poetry" (in Serbo-Croation, 1978), "Cosmos in the Barn (in Dutch, 1980), "Tower" (in Uzbek language, 1981), The Great Adventure: French Surrealism (1993), Woods under the Sea (short prose form in the French Literature, 1994), A Golden Book of the French Poetry (1996), Sveven French Poets (2001) and Selected Works (2004).

Liljana Dirjan

Liljana Dirjan was born in 1953 in Skopje. She graduated at the Faculty of Philology. Sha was on a study visit in Paris, as a grantee of the French government and the Gulbenkian Foundation. She published the following poetry books: Natural Occurence (Misla, 1980), Live Measire (Nasha Kniga, 1985), Wormwood Field (Misla, 1989), "Champ d'abisinthe" (in French), 1996, at the publishing house Est/Quest Internationales, Paris and Heavy Silk (Matica Makedonska, 1997). She is the winner of the awards “Studentski Zbor” (1980_ and Miladinov Brothers (1985). She has been translated in many languages and included in many anthologies of the contemporary Macedonian poetry. She is one of the founders and a member of the Independent Writers of Macedonia.

Todor Chalovski

Todor Chalovski – poet, literary critic, essayist, translator. Born on 23 August 1945 in Gostivar. Attended elementary school in Galicnik, high school in Skopje and Gostivar. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the “Ss.Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje. Worked as a journalist at a number of newspapers, “Studentski zbor”, “Vecer”, “Makedonija”, with Radio Skopje, editor of the Cultural Desk for culture, literature and art; deputy editor-in-chief of Radio 2000. Currently editor-commentator of Macedonian Radio. Edited the journal “Belezi” and “Razgledi”. He was editor-in-chief of the Macedonian Writers’ Association review “Stozer” (member since1969). He was secretary and president of the Macedonian Writers’ Association, a member on the Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival, founder of the literary colony in Galichnik, President of the Assembly of the Macedonian Writers’ Association, a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. centre. Works: Night in which you are not (poetry, 1969), Nocturnal book of hours (poetry, 1971), The Sirdar’s Ailments (poetry, 1981), The core (poetry, 1984), Threshold (poetry, 1988), Magic boundaries (poetry, 1989), Proniz (poetry, 1994), Gifts (poetry, 1994), Galica (poetry, 1996), Awake House (poetry, 1998), Poems (1998), Critical views (essays and criticism, 1998), Supportive voice (poetry, 2000), Dawn (poetry, 2002). Co-author of the publication “Literaturen pregled” (notes and reviews, 1980-1985).

Adem Gajtani

Adem Abduramani Gajtani (Poduevo,Kosovo,Yugoslavia, 21 August 1935 - Skopje, 19 March 1982) - poet and translator. He graduated at the Faculty of Law in Skopje (1961). He practiced literature since 1955.He collaborated with the newspapers and magazines in Albanian (“Zani i Rinis” etc), he was a journalist of the newspaper “Rilindja” and editor of the cultural section of “Flaka e Vllazlrimit”. He was a member of Writers’ Association of Macedonia since 1973. He is author of many poetry collections in Albanian. He translated from Albanian in Macedonian (I. Kadare, R. Kukaj etc) and from Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian into Albanian. Among the other works, he translated in Albanian: “Desert” by Gj. Abadziev, “Paskvelija” by Z. Cingo, “Years of Insomnia” by Tome Momirovski and books with poetry selections by M. Matevski. He was a winner of Miladonov Brothers Award, posthumously (1982) for his poetry book “Swan Song”. Works: Light in the Heart (1961), Sea Shell (1966), No bird, no tree (1973), Oh, song, far away song (1973), A song in the dream (1975), From Flower to Flower (1975), Some third Time (1977), Starfish (1979), Poems (1980), Swan-song (1982). Translations: Verses and stories by writers of Albanian nationality in Macedonia (Skopje, 1973, with Aleksandar Popovski); You, Song, You distant Song (Skopje, 1973 with Gane Todorovski).

Mateja Matevski

Poet, literary and theatre critic, essayist and translator who was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1929. He is author of 19 books of poetry and about 10 selected anthologies, his poetry has been published on all continents and translated into 22 languages. He has won almost all national awards and 16 international prizes for his poetic work. Mateja Matevski is a member of the Macedonian Academy of Science and Art and won the Golden Wreath of Poetry at the International festival “ Struga Poetry Evenings“.

Milovan Stefanovski

Poet, prose writer, translator. Born 26th August 1952 in Resen. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. Engaged in journalism. Worked with the newspapers “Nova Makedonija” and “Republica”. He also worked at the Information Ministry of R.Macedonia. From 1987-1991 worked as a lector of Macedonian at the Universities of Kraiowa (Romania) and Istanbul (Turkey). One-time president of the Macedonian Writers’ Association. Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 1980. Works: A wall in front of infinity (poetry, 1978), A guard by the Vardar (poetry, 1984), Temporary agenda (poetry, 1991), Falling down is flying too (novel, 1994), Cellar stairs (short stories, 2000), The flight of the of the mythical bird (poetry, 2000). He has won numerous awards.

Atanas Vangelov

He was born in Bogdanci, Gevgjelia on 6 February 1946, a writer, poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, essay writer, translator, editor, scholar, university professor of Theory of Literature. He obtained his BA, MA and PhD diploma at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, at the Department of Yugoslavistics. His MA thesis was named “Artism in the Contemporary Macedonian Literature” (1977) while his PhD thesis is named “The Semantic Figures in the Macedonian Folk Poetry” (1982). He works at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje as a full-time professor of Theory of Literature. He also gives lectures in the following subjects: New Croatian Literature, Stylistics, Stylistics and Rhetorics and History of the Yugoslav Literatures. He has been an Associate Dean and a Dean at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje; he has been a President of the Council of Struga Poetry Evenings and a member of the National Assembly of RM (1994-1998), in which time he was a member of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strazburg. He was an ambassador of RM in Hungary since 2004. He has been a member of Writers’ Association of Macedonia since 1967. He has visited France many times during his study visits and as a lecturer of Macedonian Language and Literature at the Paris University. For his contribution to the promotion of the French culture in RM he has been honoured (1995) with the decoration “Academic Palm”. Works: The Land of the Flower (poetry, 1966), Translating the Mountain (poetry, 1970), Dwelling (poetry, 1974), Sights and apparitions (poetry, 1977), Poems (1978), Strictly confidential (poetry, 1985), Traces, poetry 1991; A voice to the voiceless (poem, 1994), Sounds and imprints (poetry, selection, 1995), Waterfall (poetry, 1998), Wild Elation (novel, 2002); Mister Porfirie (TV play 1971), Indefinite personal pronouns (play, 1986), Artism in Contemporary Macedonian poetry (study, 1978), Literary studies (1983), Sieve (criticism, 1985 ), Semantic figures in Macedonian Folk Lyrics (study, 1987), The Plagiarism of Bozin Pavlovski (literature polemics, 1998 Microreadings, Expression and Reality (literature polemics, 1993), Morphology of bo(l)shevism (literature polemics, 1998), Pro and con macedonisms (criticism, 1998), Macedonian Writers, Critical Portraits (2004). Translated works: Cvetan Todorov, Poetics (1990); Opposite Extremity (2000), Mis-born Man (2001), Duties and Delights (2004), Encyclopedian Dictionary of the Language Studies by Dikro and Cvetan Todorov (1994).

Aco Shopov

Aco Shopov, (Shtip,20 December 1923 - Skopje, 20 April 1982) - soldier, poet, translator, essay writer, first editor of Mlad Borec, editor of many literature magazines in Macedonia, ambassador in Senegal (1972-1976), president of the ex-Association of Literature Translators of Yugoslavia. He was a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. centre, as well as of Writers’ Association of Macedonia since its foundation (1947). He is one of the most deserving that the Macedonian poetry in a relatively short time ovarcame the collectivistic and sociorealistic tones. With his intimism, he opened the doors to the Macedonian poetry expression towards modernism. Critics organize his poetry into four circles: the first one (1944-1950), that starts with his first poetry book Poems, and ends with On Gramos; the second one consisted of his work outlined with his two collections of poetry Verses about Pain and Joy (1952) and Wind Carries a Nice Weather (1957), ; the third circle is mainly in the sign of his two most significant poetry collections Non-Existence (1963), and Ashes Fortune-Teller (1970), whereas the fourth circle is marked by his two last books The Poem of the Black Woman (1976), A Tree on the Hill (1980). The book that was a turning point not only for Shopov, but also for the whole Macedonian literature in general, was the collection Verses about Pain and Joy. Namely, this book shoke the strong fortifications of the sociorealistic model of writing at the time. In that 1952, the controverse book by Shopov initiated and awoke the decade of confrontation between the realists and the modernists. They would dispute the nature of the realistic art, its popularity and the possibility, i.e. the impossibility of its revival in 20th century, the importance of acquaintance of artistic discoveries from the Western European lietratures, the global experience of the avant-gardism and modernism. The real Shopov as a poet, however, came out of his third circle. The terms “non-existence” and “black sun” from his poetry lexis still preserve their mystical powers and do not ceise being a challenge and stimulus to various critical judgements and decryptions. Works: poetry: Poems (1944), The Track of Youth (with S. Janevski, 1947), On Gramos (1950), With our Hands (1950) Verses about Pain and Joy (1952), Merge into the Silence (1955), Wind Carries a Nice Weather (1957), Non-Existence (1963), YUS-Universum (1968), Aches Fortune-Teller (1970), The Poem of the Black Woman (1976), A Tree on the Hill (1980).

Gane Todorovski

Born on Skopje, 11 May 1929, he died in his birth town on 22 May 2010, a poet, translator, essay writer, literature critic and historian, publicist, anthologist, culturologist, editor, folklorist, theatrologist, screenwriter, university professor, academic, ambassador. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of Skopje, where he graduated at the department of Yugoslav literatures (1951). Before and during his studies he worked as a journalist. He spent his whole adult life as a lecturer at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, under the University Ss Cyril and Methodius. (1954-1992). His doctoral thesis topic was “Veda Slovena and her Mystificators” (1965). At the Faculty of Philology he taught the subjects New Croatian Literature and Macedonian Literature in the 19th century. He was a member of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia since 1951. He was a two-term secretary and President of Writers’ Association of Macedonia. He was a member of the Macedonian P.E.N. centre. He was one of the founders of the Council of Struga Poetry Evenings (1971/72), and the first President of MAAK (Movement for All Macedonian Action ) (1990-1991). He was the first ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in the Russian Federation (1994-1998). He was a member of MASA since 1997. He was an author of over 220 book titles in the field of poetry, cirticism, essay writing, travelogue, literature writings, editorial, historiography, culturology, translation, anthology-making. He belongs to the leading poetry generation of authors who promoted the Contemporary Macedonian literature in the world. He was translated in 24 separate editions of his books (mainly poetry and essays) in many countries in the world (in Albanian, English, Bulgarian, Vlach, Greek, Esperanto, Chinese, Roma, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, Croatian, Chech and Swedish). He personally, as a poetry and prose translator, published over 100 separate editions by authors who wrote in Albanian, English, Bulgarian, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Turkish, Chech, Polish and Ukrainian. He edited and published collections and treatises about K. Miladinov, Rajko Zhinzifov, Marko Tsepenkov, Koco Racin, Grigir Prlichev, Atanas Razdolov, Dimo Hadzi Dimov, Gjorche Petrov, Dimitar Talev, Nikola Vaptsarov, Anton Popov, Mihail Smatrakalev, Angjelko Krstic and others. He published numerous anthologies of the Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian and Albanian poetry in Macedonian. As an outstanding, leading and foremost creational figure of the Macedonian literature in the second half of the 20th century, whose works superstitiously and superiorly are stretched in the area of the literature and the study of literature, he is a figure with inestimable missionary contribution in the contemporary history of Macedonia, with a multilayered range of creative, scientific and cultural interests; a cultural driving force of important processes in the contemporary literature, cultural, scientific and national promotion of Macedonia. Works: I Poetry collections: In the mornings (1951), Disturbing sounds (1953), Peaceful step (1956), Rainbow (1960), Apotheosis of the working day (1964), Bitter sips of disquiet (1970), A rather ugly day (1974), The people of Skopje (1981), Trouble, Treachery, Sleeplessness (1987), The unattainable (1995), Plower or Warrior (2003) and Lighter, Flint and Tinder (2005). II Literature writings: Predecessors of Misirkov (1968), A treatise on those who love the Sun (1974), Veda Slovena (1979), Antun Gustav Matosh (1979), Magoc Contest (1979), Further from enthusiasm, closer to grief (1983), With a word to the word (1985), An expedition to Helicon (1987), Inevitable Curiosities (1992), Word and Insubordination (1993); The Exciting Breath of Fatherland (1987), Signals to the Progeny (1992), Speeches about Weekdays (1995), Protection of Destiny, (1995), Touches (2000), Notches and Scratches under the Walls fo Time (2001), Book of Prlichev (2002), Book of Dzinot (2003), Touching the Untouched (2003), Book of Vaptsarov (2006), Book of Racin (2007), Pages about the Macedonophilia (1994), Kniga Nashinska si rec Slavjanska (1994); Collected works of Gane Todorovski in ten volumes (I and II Poetry, III, IV and V translations; VI and VII, Macedonian Literature on 19th cantury; VIII, IX and X), Skopje, 2007.

Blaze Koneski

Blaze Koneski (Nebregovo Village, Prilep, 19 December 1921 - Skopje, 7 December 1993) - a philologist, poet, university professor. He was the most prominent figure of the Macedonistics in the period after the Liberation of Macedonia. He was a member of the Committee for standardization of the Macedonian literary language and its most outstanding representative (complier of the greatest part of the First Macedonian Ortography book, 1945 and the extended edition of the Macedonian Ortography with a Ortographic dictionary, 1950). He was the author of the fundamental works of the Macedonian Language (grammar, dictionary, history, historic phonology). He sarted his primary school at the age of nearly six in his birthplace, in order to prevent the school from closing because of the small number of students. After finishing the first grade, he moved to Prilep, where he finishes his eight-grade primary school. Because of the closing of the General Secondary School in Prilep, he continued studying Secondary school in Kragujevac and he graduates in 1939. He joins the literature life in the Secondary School, becoming the editor of the school magazine “Podmladak”, writing poems in Serbian, just in the beginning of 1939 to make a turnover and start writing in Macedonian. His first poem in Macedonian i Letter to a Mother (by the example of the respective poem by Mayakovski). At the persuation of his friends and the wish of his parents, he continues his education at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. Just after a single semester at the faculty, he realised that his interest wasn’t the medicine. In the summer semester of 1940 he transfered to the Faculty of Philosophy, at the Department of Slavistics, choosing a rare combinaton: Yugoslav Literature under Major A, and under major B - Russian Literature and Russian Language. Attracted by the poetry of some Polish authors (Mickiewicz, Słowacki etc.), he attends a facultative course on Polish Language. His studying in Belgrade is connected to his discovery of the folk activities of Marko Cepenkov published in the famous Bulgarian Collection of Folk Art. His introduction to this material helps him make the first draft of the Grammar of the Macedonian language and elaboration of the Prilep dialect since he was a student. A great number of these notes are used after the Liberation, in the shaping of his Grammar (1952, 1954) and the monography Prilep Dialect (1948). Starting of the World War II on the territory of Yugoslavia prevents his studying in Belgrade, so he was forced to continue his studies in Sophia. At the University they recognize his first three semesters from Belgrade and he obtains BA degree in 1944. Working on his seminar paper on the work of the reliable Salvist Dimitar Matov, he comes across significant data on the development of the Macedonian Language. Among the other things, he read the extensive review of Aleksandar Todorov - Balan on Krste Misirkov’s work Za Makedonckite Raboti. Besides his constant insisting on coming directly to this monumental work on the Macedonian peculiarity, this was not ensured to him. However, the thought of havind a deeper insight into it never abandons him. He uses the first possible opportunity after the Liberation, when the social conditions changed, to search for the book. In June 1945 he goes to Sofia, gets the book, makes some notes and immediately publishes in the daily newspapers the extensive article One Macedonian Book and in doing that he makes the first popularisation of Misirkov in Macedonia. The autumn of 1944, even before the complete liberation of the country, he is already in the temporary state and political centre of the free territory in Gorno Vranovci Village near Veles. There he is a translator, corrector and proofreader of the newspapers and other publications, there he holds lectures on the development of the Macedonian Language and its literature character to a wide auditorium of cultural and social activists. After the Liberation Koneski is allocated a proofreader of the MacedonianTheatre: he translates shorter texts for plays and the piece Plato Krechet by Aleksandar Korneychuk, which marked the working of the Drama on MNT on 3 April 1945 with a play; he also writes the one-act play Hungry Hen Dreams of Millet, which was shown at the theatre on the New Year’s Eve of 1945. He exposes to the wider public in May 1945 with his lecture The Macedonian Literature and the Macedonian Standard language at the National University in Skopje. Sinse spring 1945 he works in the Ministry of Education, he takes part in many activities in the area of education and culture, as well as in the founding of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He is one of the founders of the Faculty of Philosophy (1946, of the Institute for Macedonian Language “Krste Misirkov” (1953), of MASA (1967, First President), the Writers’ Association of Macedonia(1947, First President), of the Association (Union) for Macedonian Language and Literature (1954), of the Macedonian Slavistics Committee (1963), of the magazine “Macedonian Language” (1950, First Chief Editor) etc. He was a Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (Philology) in Skopje, Chancellor of the University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje (1958-1960). He was also a member of the Academies of Science and Arts of Croatia (1962), Serbia (1963), Slovenia (1963), Boznia and Herzegovina (1969), and later on of Vojvodina and Montenegro, as well as of Austria and Poland. He was a honorary Doctor of the Universities of Chicago (1968), Wroclaw (1970), as well as the University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. He won the Awards of Njegosh and Herder, the AVNOJ Award, “Skender Kulenovic”, Writers’ Association of USSR etc. The Macedonian scientific and cultural public showed its respect towards the name and work of Koneski by naming the Faculty of Philology in Skopje by his name and by setting up the Foundation for Macedonian Language “Nebregovo”. Works: A Grammar of the Macedonian Literary Language (I 1952, II 1954), Dictionary of the Macedonian Language (I 1961, II 1965, III 1966, editor), History of the Macedonian language (1965), Historical Phonology of the Macedonian Language (Heilderberg, 1983 in English; Skopje, 2001 in Macedonian). He is author of many other imporatnt works: Macedonian Textbooks of 19th Century- An article on the History of the Macedonian Revival (1949), Prilep Dialect (1949), Macedonian Literature in 19th century - Brief review and texts (1950), On the Mecedonian Standard Language (1952), The Apostle of Vranesnica (1956), The Language of the Macedonian Folk Poetry (1971), Speeches and Essays (1972), The Macedonian 19th century. Linguistic, literary and historic texts (1986), Images and Themes (1987), Macedonian places and names (1991). He also wrote the poetry books: Land and Love (1948), Poems (1953), The Embroideress (1955), Sterna (1966), Hand-shaking (1969), Poems Old and New (1979), The Fountains (1984), Collected Poems (1987), Meeting in Heaven (1988), Church (1988), Golden Peak (1989), Seizmograph (1989), Black Ram (1993). He also translated the works: The Mountan Laurel by Njegosh (1947), Lyrical Intermezzo by H. Heine (1952), Othello By Shakespeare (1953), Savica’s Baptization by F. Preshern (1980), as well as poems by Aleskandar Blok, Adam Mickiewicz, Vladimir Mayakovski, Desanka Maksimovic etc.

Bogomil Gjuzel

He was born in Cacak, Serbia, 1939. A poet, narrator, playwright, essayist, translator. He graduated at the University “Ss Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. He has translated the works of Shakespeare, Wystan Hugh Auden and Thomas Stearns Eliot. In 1994, he becomes the first president (and one of the founders) of the association of Independent writers of Macedonia, as well as a longtime editor of their magazine “Nashe pismo”. In several terms, he was a member of the SPE Board, Director of the SPE, as well as a current member of the “Golden Wreath” Board. He was the winner of prestigious awards at the International poetry gathering in Zagreb in 2002, and “Bosnian Stećak” at the Sarajevo days of poetry, in 2018. Works: Mead (1962), Alchemical Rose (1963), Libation Bearers (1965), Odysseus in Hell (1969), A Well in Time (1972), The Wheel of the Year (1977), Reality is All (1980), State of Siege (1981), Empty Space (1982), Darkness and Milk (1986), Destroying the Wall (1989), Selected Poems (1991), Naked Life (1994), Chaos (1998), She/It (2000); essays: History as Stepmother (1969); prose: The Whole World is a House (1975), Mytho-Stories (three plays, 1982), Legends (1984), Selected Poetry (1962-2002), 2002, “Survival” (2003), “Hourglass”, (2008), “An island on land”, (2008), and Collected works in 7 tomes.

Petre M. Andreevski

Petre M(ilanov) Andreevski (Sloeshtica Village, Demir Hisar, 25 June 1934 - Skopje, 25 September 2006) - poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright. He worked as a programme editor in Macedonian Radiotelevision for many years. He was a member of MASA from May 2000, a member of Writers’ Association of Macedonia (1964) and of Macedonian P.E.N. Centre. He wrote poetry, short stories, novels, plays and screenplays. Andreevski created something that not only changed the literature awareness at the Macedonian reader, but also altered the Macedonian critical awareness. He located his eternal preoccupation in his birthplace, but in doing that he did not become a local or regional author, because with the universalization of the local he set his birthplace the centre of the world. He had a wide readers’ audience and his prose composition is not relied on its story, but on the mere act of narration. His novels are considered to be the most read ones (as it was the case for Stale Popov’s novels), i.e. the bestsellers among the people. The novel Pirey was announced the masterpiece of the Macedonian contemporary prose by the Macedonian criticism (just in the way the collection Denicija was denoted a hymn of the cosmic love, a hymn of the woman and the fatherland and a golden book of the Macedonian modernism). He published two poetry collections for children (Scribble Riddle and Eat and Grow). Even in his poems for children, Andreevski is a poet of the metaphore and allusion, of the language play and the nostalgic meditation. WORKS: poetry collections: Knots (1960), Both on Heaven and Earth (1962), Denicija (1968), Dalni nakovalni (1971), Praises and Complaints(1975), Eternal House (1987); Lachrymatory (1999); short stories collections: The Seventh Day (1994), Years of Treason (1974), All Faces of Death (1994); novels: Pirey (1980), Locusts (1983) Nebeska Timjanovna (1988), Last Villagers (1987) and Tunnel (2003); plays: Time for Singing, Bogunemili (1984) and Bezanci (2007, posthumously)

Mile Nedelkoski

Mile Nedelkovski - poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright. Born 25th November 1935 in Prilep. Was an editor for the publishing house "Kultura”. Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 1963. Works: Golden heart (poetry, 1963), Southern summer (poetry, 1964), The madman from Prespa (poem, 1965), Wind riders (poetry, 1967), Pepelasi (novel, 1968), Erreticon - eroticon (poetry, 1969), Berries (novel, 1972) The triumph of the Trojan horse (play in verses, 1974), A watchman (novel, 1982), Return to the arena of the old famous meritorious, worn-out clown and The dectruction of Olympus (dramas in verses, 1983), Sunday, a day to repent (poetry, 1984), Bitpazar stylistic exercises, there... (poetry, 1984), A window overlooking the street, The Prespa circle in red and Guardians of the tower (plays, 1985), A horseshoe of death and hope (novel, 1986), Petrafil for the eternal land (novel, 1988), Reheating yesterday’s left-overs (novel, 1988), Mirrors of shadows (poetry, 1989), The creator and the old emigrant - vendor of various fruits (novel, 1991). Logomania (essays, 1996), The holy Martyrs Day (novel, 1996).

Песна – Дрвена Песна

Песна – Куќа

Листа наградени поети по години

1963Mateja Matevski„Рамноденица“
1964Ante Popovski„Непокор“
1965Radovan Pavlovski„Корабија“
1966Bogomil Gjuzel„Миросници“
1967Vlada Urošević„Летен дожд“
1968Petre M. Andreevski„Дениција“
1969Миле Неделковски„Еретикон-Еротикон“
1970ПетарТ. Бошковски„Постела од трње“
1971Petre M. Andreevski„Дални наковални“
1972Bogomil Gjuzel „Бунар  во времето“
1973Vlada Urošević„Ѕвезда на терезија“
1974Blaze Koneski„Записи“
1975Gane Todorovski„Снеубавен ден“
1976Aco Shopov „Песна за црната жена“
1977Atanas Vangelov„Глетки и привиденија“
1978Milovan Stefanovski„Ѕид пред бескрајот“
1979Slavko Janevski„Оковано јаболко“
1980Eftim Kletnikov„Окото на темниот“
1981Mateja Matevski„Липа“
1982Mihail Rendzov„Нерези“
1983Adem Gajtani„Лебедова песна3
1984Todor Chalovski„Јадро“
1985Liljana Dirjan„Жива мера“
1986Vlada Urošević„Хипнополис“
1987Petko Dabeski„Четврта координата“
1988Slavko Janevski„Песји шуми“
1989Katica Kulavkova„Жедби“
1990Rade Siljan„Заѕидување на сенката“
1991Risto Vasilevski„Плодоред“
1992Jordan Danilovski„Коба“
1993Branko Cvetkoski„Молитвен веј“
1994Petre Bakevski„Низ златниот прстен на сонцето“
1995Ante Popovski„Привиденија“
1996Светлана Христова Јоциќ„С. Бесмртна“
1997Gligor Stojkovski„Заборавено око на небото“
1998Gordana Mihailova Boshnakovska„Планини од картонски кутии“
1999Jovan Koteski„Разор“
2000Slave Gjorgjo Dimoski„Темно место“
2001Sande Stojcevski„Тримка“
2002Radovan Pavlovski„Штит“
2003Eftim Kletnikov„Живиот камен“
2004Petko Dabeski„Сноп параболи“
2005Petar T. Boshkovski„Вратика“
2006Bratislav Taskovski„Големата љубовна песна“
2007Nikola Madzirov„Преместен камен“
2008Risto Lazarov„Среде“
2009Vesna Acevska„Столисник“
2010Vladimir Martinovski„Квартети“
2011Vele Smilevski „Забранета книга“
2012Milos Lindro „Основи на небото“
2013Risto Jacev „Помнам“
2014Vera Čejkovska„Моите веди“
2015Виолета Танчева Златева„Година без лето“
2016Ivan Djeparoski„Светлината на Света Гора“
2017Mihail Rendzov„Јас елегии“
2018Зоран  Анчевски„Небесна пантомима “
2019Jovica Ivanovski„Човек“
2020Iva Damjanovski„Двоумење“
2021Lidija Dimkovska„Гранична состојба“
2022Zoran Anchevski