Vladimir Levchev is the author of 15 books of poetry published in Bulgaria and four books of poetry (+ one chapbook) in the United States, a book of essays, as well as three novels. He was born on October 17, 1957, in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the English Language High School and the Art Academy in Sofia in 1982. He worked as an editor of English language literature with Narodna Kultura Publishers between 1982 and 1989. Levchev published Glas, a “samizdat”, underground magazine for politics and culture, banned by the communist authorities. After November 10, 1989, Levchev was deputy editor-in-chief of Literaturen vestnik weekly, and general coordinator of Free Poetry Society. In 1994 he won a Fulbright scholarship and went to Washington, DC, where he got an MFA in creative writing from American University. During his stay in the US, Levchev taught literature and writing at University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Central High School (P.G. County), as well as Bulgarian Language at FSI (Department of State). His poems, translated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor, were published in several books of poetry. Since 2007, Levchev has been teaching literature and writing at the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad.
Vladimir's Blog: http://www.vladimirlevchev.blogspot.com/p/vladimir-levchev.html