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Ludmila Balabanova

Ludmila Balabanova

Born: in Novi Pazar, Bulgaria
Resides: Sofia, Bulgaria
E-mail: balabanova1806 (at) gmail (dot) com

Lecturer of Computer Engineering, writer of poetry, haiku and essays, Ph.D. dissertation titled “The Power of the Unsaid in the Poetic Text and its Ultimate Expression in Haiku”. Member of the Association of Bulgarian Writers; president of the Sofia Haiku Club, member of the World Haiku Association. Most important participation: WHAC2 in Tenri, Japan, 2003, with the speech “Between the West and the East”; The 2nd European Haiku Conference in Vadstena, Sweden, 2007 with the speech “Metaphor and Haiku” and International Haiku Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2010. Publications of poems, haiku, haibun and papers in Bulgaria and abroad, including in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Chrysanthemum, Whirligig, Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, dust of summers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007), and white lies: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2008).

Awards and Other Honors: Basho’s 360th Anniversary Haiku Contest (2004); award in the contest between the participants in The 2nd European Haiku Conference in Vadstena, Sweden (2007); Second Award in the International Haiku Contest of Romanian Haiku Society (2009).

Books Published: Six poetry books, including two haiku books: Draskotina ot zvezda [A Scratch from a Star] (Plamak, Sofia, 1992); Svetulkata znae… [The Firefly knows...] (Lada, Sofia, 1996); cricket song [haiku, Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2002); Hrana za lunata [Food for the Moon] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2004); motes in the sunbeam [haiku, Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); Sijania i senki se goniat [Lights and Shades are running] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2009).

Selected Work
 
first kiss…
the scent of lime
reaches the stars
 
evening wind…
scent of grass
from the other bank of the river
 
 
 
reading your letter
a bee
on the potted flower
 
in the morning
a hazy veil hiding the river
I see my breath
 
 
 
twilight…
his voice
deep purple
 
sleepless night   dewdrops on the weeds
 
 

Credits: "first kiss" – Ludmila Balabanova, motes in the sunbeam [Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); Second Award in the International Haiku Contest of Romanian Haiku Society (2009); From one sky to another (Haiku anthology of the European Union, 2006); "reading your letter" – Ludmila Balabanova, motes in the sunbeam [Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); Mahoroba Vol. 1 (November, 2009); twilight" – Award in the contest between the participants in The 2nd European Haiku Conference in Vadstena, Sweden (2007); Ludmila Balabanova, motes in the sunbeam [Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); dust of summers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007); "evening wind" – Basho’s 360th Anniversary Haiku Contest 2004 Award; Ludmila Balabanova, motes in the sunbeam [Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); "in the morning" – From one sky to another (Haiku anthology of the European Union, 2006); Ludmila Balabanova, motes in the sunbeam [Bulgarian and English] (Janet 45, Plovdiv, 2007); "sleepless night" – Modern Haiku 43.3 (Autumn 2012).

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