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Garth Greenwell, 12 September - 10 October 2016

Picture by: Ricardo Moutinho Ferreira

Garth Greenwell is a poet, author, literary critic and educator. His poetry was published in The Yale Review, Boston Review, Poetry International and many others. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow.

In  2009-2013 he was a teacher at the American College of Sofia. His firt book Mitko dates back from this period, and is published in Bulgarian by Zanet-45 (translated by Nevena Dishlieva-Krasteva). A revised version of the book forms Part 1 of his latest novel What Belongs to You published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The novel is received exceptionally well by the critics and the audience. It is so far named one of the Best Books of 2016 So Far by Esquire, Slate, Vulture, The Telegraph, Minnesota Public Radio, Bookish Buzz, and Cultured Vultures. It's also included in The Guardian's Best Holiday Reads 2016.

What Belongs to You is a gay love story that takes place in Sofia. The city and its Mladost neighbourghood has a tangible presence in the text, it is in fact a character of its own. Garth Greenwell is also a promoter of Bulgarian literature in translation, speaks Bulgarian and has authored the New Yorker review of Physics of Sorrow by Georgi Gospodinov. Garth is a frequent participant of Elizabeth Kostova's Foundation workshops in creative writing held in Sozopol and Sofia. 

The Bulgarian translation of What Belongs to You is by Nadhezda Radoulova, forthcoming in Sept 2016 by Black Flamingo publishers.

As a writer-in-residence at Sofia Literature and Translation House, Garth Greenwell will be working on his new books, a collection of stories about Bulgaria.

Program of events with Garth Greenwell in Sofia:
  • 4 Oct, Tuesday | 8:30 PM | Literary club "Peroto":
    Launch of the Bulgarian edition of What Belongs to You, 2016, Black Flamingo

  • 7 Oct, Friday | 2 PM | lecture for students at the American College in Sofia

  • 7 Oct, Friday| 5:30 PM | Literature and Translation House
     Reading and Writing Workshop with Garth Greenwell: Putting Description to Work
Join novelist and poet Garth Greenwell to explore how vivid, descriptive writing can develop character, plot and theme. Greenwell will lead a discussion on passages from Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Bishop, James Renard Allen, Paul Harding, and Proust, interspersed with writing exercises that explore techniques for bringing setting to life. Open to both poets and prose writers at any level. Participants are encouraged to bring a paragraph or short verse excerpt of descriptive writing in for discussion.

The project is co-financed by the "Culture" Programme 2016 by Sofia Municipality