We are proud to announce that BOA author Nikola Madzirov (Remnants of Another Age, 2011) has won the prestigious DAAD Writer's Fellowship for 2016-2017! Selected for the award by an international nomination committee, Madzirov has been invited to Berlin for a 12-month stay in 2016 by the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service to Berlin, in order to develop or finish a new book, and to actively participate in the artistic and cultural life of Berlin throughout Germany and Europe. Dating back to 1963, previous winners of the fellowship award include W.H. Auden, Zbigniew Herbert, Margaret Atwood, Susan Sontag, Adam Zagajewski, Bei Dao, Taduesz Rózewicz, Tomaž Šalamun, Ingeborg Bachman, Inger Christensen, Carlos Fuentes, Witold Gombrowicz, Gennadiy Aygi, and Nobel Prize-winners Mario Vargas Llosa and Imre Kertész. Born in 1973 to a family of Balkan Wars refugees, Madzirov’s poetry has already been translated into forty languages and published in collections and anthologies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. A regular participant in international literary festivals, he has also received several international awards. Translated from the Macedonian, Remnants of Another Age is his first full-length U.S. publication, and carries a Foreword by Carolyn Forche, who writes: “Nikola Madzirov's Remnants of Another Age is aptly titled, as these poems seem to spring from elsewhere in time, reflective of a preternaturally wise and attentive sensibility. As we read these poems, they begin to inhabit us, and we are the better for having opened ourselves to them. Madzirov is a rare soul and a true poet.” Madzirov plans to live and write in Berlin from May 2016 to May 2017. We offer our utmost congratulations to Nikola Madzirov on this wonderful achievement!
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