Ferida Duraković is a poet, short story writer, columnist, and children’s writer from Sarajevo. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo with degrees in Yugoslavian literature and Serbo-Croatian language. She has published 17 volumes of poetry, prose, children’s books, and translations. Some of her published books include the poetry collections Srce tame (Heart of Darkness), Locus minoris – Sklonost Bosni kao melanholiji (Locus minoris – Inclined to Bosnia as to Melancholy), and Kao kiša u japanskim filmovima (As the Rain in Japanese Movies) and essays and columns Putnici kroz (ne)vrijeme – 50 godina Sarajevskih dana poezije (koautorstvo) (Travellers through (Bad) Times – 50 Years of the Sarajevo Poetry Days, An Alternative History, co-author, 2011) and Pokret otpora (Resistance).
Among others, she has been awarded the Hellman-Hammet Fund for Free Expression in 1992 and the Vasyl Stus Freedom-to-Write Award given by PEN New England, U.S.A. for her collection Heart of Darkness (New York, 1999). Her books of poetry have been published in Italy and Bulgaria, and her poems have been translated into 25 languages.
She has worked as the Executive Director of the P.E.N. International Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo since its founding in 1992. She retired early in 2013. She lives in Sarajevo with her husband, daughter, and cats.
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