Tsvetanka Elenkova

Tsvetanka Elenkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1968 and educated at the Russian High School and the University of National and World Economics. After a short stint in her opera-singer father’s footsteps, she turned to her great love of literature. She co-founded Ah, Maria, the first independent literary magazine in Bulgaria after the fall of Communism and has proceeded to publish three poetry collections, the most recent of which, The Seventh Gesture (2005), was published in Jonathan Dunne’s translation by Shoestring Press in 2008. Her work has appeared in the sadly disappeared Orient Express (UK) and in Absinthe (US), and has been translated in a total of thirteen countries, from Argentina and Chile to Turkey and Ukraine. She translates from English and Greek into Bulgarian, including the anthology of Indian mystic poetry Speaking of Siva and Jonathan Dunne’s selection of Raymond Carver’s poetry Luck. She co-edits the Bulgarian publisher Balkani’s series of Modern English Poetry


-from Jonathan Dunne’s introduction in MPT Series 3/8 Getting it Across