Radmila Petrović (Serbia)
Radmila Petrović is born in 1996 in Užice, Serbia and is one of the most sought-after poets in former Yugoslavia. Her work has appeared in anthologies, domestic and international journals and participated in numerous festivals and poetry readings across Europe.
As the laureate of the 42nd Lim River Poetry Evenings, she published a collection of poems 'The Scent of Earth' (House of Culture 'Pivo Karamatijević', Priboj, 2014), and as the winner of the 22nd Poetry Competition 'Desanka Maksimović' she published a collection 'Cellulose Rock ‘n’ Rol' (SKZ and Valjevo Gymnasium, Valjevo, 2015). Her third collection of poetry, 'My Mom Knows the Kind of Things that Happen in Cities', published by PPM Enklava in early summer 2020, has sold over 8,000 copies. The same collection was published in North Macedonia in 2021, and the Polish edition is in the works.
Her poetry has been translated into English, German, French, Greek, Italian, Slovenian, Spanish, Hebrew and Ukrainian. She has stayed at writing residencies in Skopje (Reading Balkans), Berlin (S. Fischer Stiftung), Vienna (Q21) and Prishtina (READ). She has been a scholarship holder of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Poems by Radmila Petrović translated into different languages are available here
During hеr residency stay at Sofia Literature and Translation House Radmila Petrović will be working on developing further her (fourth) collection of poems that deals with various socio-political topics. Her verses express her rebellion against the culture of silence. She feels this culture has inflicted more damage on the Balkan people than the wars.