Ivan Teofilov, born in Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv, in 1931, is a playwright and poet. A graduate of Sofia’s National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, he worked as a playwright in Burgas and Ruse and as a director for the National Puppet Theatre. He was chief editor of the Popular Library of Contemporary World Poetry series created by Narodna Kultura, poetry editor for Plamak magazine and founding editor of the magazine Sezon. He has published nine poetry collections, the last two being Geometry of the Spirit (which won the National Poetry Award in 1996) and Infinitive (which won the National Literature Award in 2004). His other books include plays, an Anthology of Bulgarian Symbolism and Monologues, a collection of travel essays.
– from Jonathan Dunne’s introduction in MPT 3/12 Freed Speech