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Biography

 

Dragana Kršenković Brković is a Montenegrin writer who has published:

two novels The Atellan Farce and The Lost Seal

two collections of stories The Fire in Alexandria and The Master's Palace

drama plays Behind of an Invisible Wall

a monograph The Poetics of Impermanence: Organisation of Time in Danilo Kiš's "Early Sorrows"

as well as children's books The Secret of a Blue Crystal, The Genie of Lake Manito, Secret's Secret (in English), Musician with Cyclinder and Flower on His Lapel, The Blue Mountain.

 

Dragana graduated from the Faculty of Drama Arts, Department of Dramaturgy, the University of Arts in Belgrade, and from the Faculty of Political Sciences, the University of Belgrade. She obtained MPhil in Literature Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro.

 

As a guest writer, Dragana participated in residential programs in Vienna (Austria, 2011), in Pécs (Hungary, 2013), and in New York (US, 2014).

Furthermore, Dragana was a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the University of California in Davis and at the University of Maryland in College Park. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a Fulbright exchange program, supported by the US Congress.

She was an OeAD research fellow at the Karl Franzens Universität and at the Institut für Slawistik in Graz, Austria.

Her novel, The Lost Seal, was published at the Traduki European portal for literature.

 

Dragana’s two novels, The Lost Seal (2009) and The Atellan Farce (2012), were nominated for the Meša Selimović Award (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Fairy tale books,The Genie of Lake Manito (2011) and The Blue Mountain (2016), were nominated for the Little Prince Award (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Dragana’s two stories, The Maiden’s Rock and The Fire in Alexandria, were included in the syllabus of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley.

Dragana’s story The Maiden’s Rock was published in 12. Women. Voices, the anthology of women prose authors from seven Balkan countries. This anthology was published in Skopje, Macedonia.

 

Her book The Genie of the Manito Lake was awarded the White Ravens label in 2011 by the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany. The White Ravens label is given for artistic and literary innovations.

Dragana has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008-2016), the world's largest children's literature award founded by the Swedish government.

Dragana won the award for the Best children's play at the Subotica Theater Festival in 1990 for a fairytale The Marvelous Star.

Four of her fairy tales are set texts for elementary schools in Montenegro and Macedonia.

Her stories were published in renowned international literary magazines, including Buchkultur, Blesok, Sarajevske sveske, ARS, and many others.

 

 

 

 

Fellowships, grants:

2014. The apexart New York City Fellowship, NYC, US

2013. Pécs Writers Program. Hungary.

2011. Writers in Residence Program. KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna, Austria.

2008. OeAD Fellowship Program. Karl Franzens Universität & Institut für Slawistik, Graz, Austria.

2005-2006. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. University of California – Davis & University of Maryland – College Park, US.

 

 

Participation:

2013. International Biennial of Illustration Belgrade, Serbia.

2013. International Literary Meetings Cum Grano Salis, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2011. Biennial of Illustration 2011 /BIB/. Bratislava, Slovakia.

2011. International Literary Meetings The Embroidered Bridge. Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2011Bologna Book Fair. Bologna, Italy.

2009. International Literary Meetings Cum Grano Salis. Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2002. International Meeting of Children’s Writers. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Organized by the Web Publishing, New York.

2000. 1st International Forum for a Culture of Peace by Mediterranean Women Creators. Rhodes, Greece/under the auspices of the UNESCO with the participation of the FAM Network (Femme-Art-Méditerranée).