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Barbara Korun

Slovenia, 1963


She was born in 1963 in Ljubljana, where she took a degree in the Slovene language and comparative literature at the university and where she tought literature at high schools. She works at Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana as a language advisor.
    Her collection OSTRINA MILINE (’The Edge of Grace’, 1999) received the National Book Fair Award for a debut collection. Her other collections of poetry & prose poems are ZAPISKI IZ PODMIZJA(‘Notes from under the Table’, 2003), and RAZPOKE (‘Fissures’, 2004). Together with jazz composer and percussionist Zlatko Kaučič she recorded CD VIBRATO TIŠINE ('Vibrato of Silence', 2006) with poems of Srečko Kosovel, Slovene avantgardist poet.
   
A leading figure in a generation of radical women poets, she was twice invited to participate in the projects for the European Capital of Culture: in Cork, Ireland, 2005 and Ruhr, Germany, 2010. Her work has been published in many anthologies and reviews (incl. New European Poets, published at Graywolf Press, USA, 2008, and Geburt eines Engels, published at Verlag Das Wunderhorn, Heildelberg, Germany, 2008).

Songs of Earth and Light by Barbara Korun
“This is an amazing book by a courageous and visionary poet from Slovenia. The short, imagistic poems rip into the senses and change the perceptions of the reader, time and time again. Barbara Korun’s direct voice is haunting and full of surprises, Theo Dorgan’s translations propelling it into English pieces that leave most American poetry behind. There is a surrealistic tone to the poems - Korun dwells in myth, the animal world, and relationships between men and women as she builds upon human frailty to establish fresh dimensions beyond it. This book deserves wider attention, and Dorgan should be recognized for his translation skills because he has introduced a powerful writer to a new audience.”
Bloomsbury Review (USA), Oct. 2005

Books abroad:

Chasms, translated by Kelly Allan (with the author), UT-Chattanooga, USA, 2003

Songs of Earth and Light, (selected poems) translated by Theo Dorgan (with Ana Jelnikar and the author), Southword Editions, Munster Literature House, Cork, Ireland, 2005

Krilati šum, (selected poems), translated by Ksenija Premur, Naklada Lara, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008

Tijelo od riječi (selected poems), translated by Josip Osti, Naklada Tugra, Sarajevo, Bosna, 2008

Literary association IA

Authors

Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk
Agnieszka Żuchowska-Arendt
Alenka Jovanovski
Alenka Koderman
Alja Adam
Amir Talić
Andraž Polič
Andrea Brady
Andrej Hočevar
Anja Sredić
Anupama Amaran
Barbara Korun
Barbara Pogačnik
Barbara Siegel Carlson
Bojan Brecelj
Catherine Phil MacCarthy
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Cristina Viti
Darija Žilić
David Brooks
Dejan Koban
Dinko Telećan
Dražen Katunarić
Emilio Coco
Esa Hirvonen
Fiona Sampson
Francisco Larios
Gašper Malej
Gašper Torkar
Glorjana Veber
Goran Janković
Goran Č. Potočnik
Goro Takano
Gregor Podlogar
Hana Kovač
Henning H. Bergsvåg
Hiroshi Hasebe
Christophe Lamiot Enos
Ineke Holzhaus
Irena Šťastná
Isabella Panfido
Ivan Landžev
Iztok Osojnik
Jacek Lenkiewicz
Jan Kuhlbrodt
Ján Gavura
Jana Šnytová
Jani Kovačič
Johanna Venho
John Davies
John O'Donoghue
Jonáš Hájek
Jouni Inkala
Kelly Lenox
Knute Skinner
Kristina Hočevar
Ksenija Premur
Ksenija Jus - Xenia
Lenka Krajnc
Maciej Melecki
Maja Novak
Marcin Warmuz
Maria Jastrzebska
Marianna Kurtto
Marjan Strojan
Mark Whelan
Marta Podgórnik
Martina Komárková
Martina Hefter
Matej Krajnc
Michał Kopczyk
Michele Obit
Milan Jesih
Miroslava Gavurová
Muanis Sinanović
Paddy Bushe
Pamela Uschuk
Paul Polansky
Pauliina Haasjoki
Petra Kolmančič
Primož Čučnik
Radharani Pernarčič
Roberto Nassi
Robin Parmar
Simona Popescu
Slavo Šerc
Srečko Kosovel
Stephen Watts
Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Špela Sevšek Šramel
Tahir Mujičić
Taja Kramberger
Takako Arai
Tatjana Jamnik
Tina Kozin
Tone Škrjanec
Urška P. Černe
Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen
Ville Hytönen
Vlado Kreslin
Willem van Toorn
William Pitt Root
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