Featured Writer Lidija Dimkovska (Лидија Димковска): Biographical Note

!Lidija Dimkovska photograph by Tihomir Pintar

Lidija Dimkovska. photograph by Tihomir Pintar

 

Lidija Dimkovska (Лидија Димковска) was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and currently lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Lidija is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator of Romanian and Slovenian literature into Macedonian. She has published six books of poetry, three novels and edited three anthologies. Lidija has won numerous literary prizes including, the Hubert Burda literary prize for young East European poets (2009), the Tudor Arghezi international poetry prize in Romania (2012), the Macedonian Writers’ Union award twice, and the European Union Prize for Literature (2013) for her novel, A Spare Life (РЕЗЕРВЕН ЖИВОТ). Her book of poems, pH Neutral History, was translated into English by Ljubica Arsovska and Peggy Reid. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and she has participated at numerous international literary festivals.

Featured Writer Lidija Dimkovska (Лидија Димковска): ‘Echo’ (‘Ехо’)

 

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About Zalehah Turner

Zalehah Turner is a Sydney based poet, photographer, cultural journalist, and Associate Editor of Rochford Street Review (RSR). Zalehah regularly contributes articles and interviews on poetry, art, film, and new media for RSR and the UTS magazine, Vertigo. Zalehah’s poetry was projected onto the Federation Square Wall in Melbourne as part of the Overload Poetry Festivals, 2008 and 2009; exhibited at Mark and Remark ,107 Projects, Redfern in 2013; and displayed in Alice Springs and Moruya thanks to Australian Poetry Café poets, Laurie May and Janette Dadd respectively. Her poems have been published in Writing Laboratory (2013), Sotto (2013), Social Alternatives (2016), Vertigo (2016, 2017), UTS’s The Empathy Poems Project (2017) and Rochford Street Review (2017). She co-judged the New Shoots Poetry Prizes 2016 alongside, Tamryn Bennett, Artistic Director of The Red Room Company, and published the winning and highly commended poems. Zalehah is currently working on an intermedia poetry collection entitled, 'Critical condition', focused on the interstitial threshold between life and death in medical crises based on personal experience. Zalehah holds a BA in Communication with a major in writing and cultural studies from the University of Technology, Sydney where she continues to pursue pushing the boundaries of multimedia poetry in Honours (Communication- Creative Writing).