Macedonian Poet Nikola Madzirov To Read From His Work

April 9, 2012 – Poet Nikola Madzirov will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. A question and answer session with the poet will follow on Tuesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in Room 207 of Alden Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Widely known as one of the most powerful voices of the new European poetry, Madzirov was born in 1973 in Strumica, Macedonia, into a family who had become refugees during the Balkan Wars.

His award-winning poetry has been translated into 30 languages and published in collections and anthologies in the United States, Europe and Asia. Among his books are “Relocated Stone,” “Locked in the City” and “Somewhere Nowhere.”

Two short films based on his poetry were shot in Bulgaria and Croatia. In addition, the contemporary jazz composer Oliver Lake has composed music based on Madzirov’s poems that was performed at the Jazz-Poetry Concert in Pittsburgh in 2008.

Madzirov’s visit to Allegheny is funded by the college’s Department of English and the William Beazell Memorial Fund. It is part of the International Poets in Conversation tour of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Christopher Bakken at