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Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria. He arrived in America in 2001 and completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas. He has won the Eudora Welty Prize in Fiction, and his story "Buying Lenin" was published in The Best American Short Stories 2008, edited by Salman Rushdie. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he is a fiction editor for American Literary Review.

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I’m honored and deeply grateful to have been chosen as the literature protégé in the new cycle of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. I will spend the next year working under the mentorship of Michael Ondaatje.


The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic program that was set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The program seeks out gifted young...

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“Не можеш да опознаеш човек, като му бръкнеш в носа. Но ако някой на теб ти бръкне в носа, доста неща разбираш за него.”
Miroslav Penkov, East of the West: A Country in Stories

“България ми липсваше повече отпреди ...
- Дядо - питах го понякога по телефона, - какво ядеш?
- Диня със сирене ...
- Дядо, какво пиеш?
- Айрян.
- Хубав ли е ?
- Най-хубавият.
- Дядо, какво виждаш - ей сега, точно в тоя миг?
- Баира над къщата. Липите са побелели. Вятърът им е обърнал листата. Ще вали.
Знаех, че нарочно ме дразни, че нарочно сипва сол в раните, но все така не спирах да разпитвам. Само за миг да можех да му взема очите, само за миг да можех да му открадна езика - щях да се натъпча с хляб и сирене, да пресуша шест кратунки с кладенчова вода, да се напълня с баири, с поля и реки.”
Miroslav Penkov, East of the West: A Country in Stories

“It’s yad that propels us, like a motor, onward. Yad is like envy, but it’s not simply that. It’s like spite, rage, anger, but more elegant, more complicated. It’s like pity for someone, regret for something you did or did not do, for a chance you missed, for an opportunity you squandered.”
Miroslav Penkov, East of the West: A Country in Stories

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