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Maybe the World is a Story: an Interview with Miroslav Penkov

Born in Bulgaria in 1982 and now a resident of Texas, Miroslav Penkov has been piling up accolades since he launched his fiction career a decade ago: The Southern Review’s Eudora Welty Prize, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, a PEN/O’Henry Prize, etc. His debut short story collection, East of the West, reviewed here at FWR, was published in 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and earlier this week they published his debut novel, Stork…


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East of the West: A Country in Stories, by Miroslav Penkov

Bulgarian-American author Miroslav Penkov’s debut short story collection, East of the West (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), comes at a time when his native country’s literary star is on the rise in the west. Fiction writers like Georgi Gospodinov, Kapka Kassabova, and Vladislav Todorov have made a splash, and the efforts of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation—which developed the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, previously discussed here on FWR—have helped…


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The 2011 Sozopol Fiction Seminar: Part II

Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia / credit Jeremiah Chamberlin Editor’s Note: We continue this year’s Sozopol Fiction Seminar retrospective with work by Molly Antopol and Lee Romer Kaplan. Read Part I here, featuring writing by John Struloeff, Jane E. Martin, and Michael Hinken. The Messiness of Translation: A Conversation with Miroslav Penkov by Molly Antopol During our time together on the Black Sea, in the gorgeous…


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Book of the Week: East of the West, by Miroslav Penkov

This week’s feature is Miroslav Penkov’s debut collection, East of the West, published this year by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria and came to the U.S. to study in 2001. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas, and now teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he is a fiction editor for the American…


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First Looks, December 2012: BBC International Short Story Award and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Hello again, FWR friends. Welcome to the latest installment of our “First Looks” series, which highlights soon-to-be released books that have piqued my interest as a reader-who-writes. We publish “First Looks” here on the FWR blog around the 15th of each month, and as always, I’d love to hear your comments and your recommendations of forthcoming titles. Please drop me a line anytime: erika(at)fictionwritersreview(dot)com, and thanks in advance….


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Close Up the Little Devil: An Interview with Zachary Karabashliev

I met Zachary Karabashliev in Bulgaria in the summer of 2012, and have two indelible impressions of him that I won’t be able to shake. The first came at a restaurant during the final night of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars. The program’s founder, Elizabeth Kostova, hushed everyone for an “announcement” and then—having been encouraged by several regular participants—proceeded to start singing in Bulgarian, surprising everyone who did not know her…


Essays |

The 2011 Sozopol Fiction Seminar: Part I

Along the Black Sea in Sozopol / credit Jeremiah Chamberlin Each spring the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation selects five English speaking writers and five Bulgarian writers to participate in the Sozopol Fiction Seminar, which takes places in the tiny, historic town of Sozopol, Bulgaria, on the Black Sea. In 2009 I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the fellows, along with now Contributing Editor Steven Wingate. That journey was chronicled in…




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