Elizabeth Kostova Foundation


December 2016

Dear Friends:

There has never been a more important moment for Americans to step forward with good intentions in the world community. And literature and writing are one of the most direct ways in which cultures learn about each other.

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF) has spent the last ten years building literary bridges between the English-speaking world and Eastern Europe, bringing together thousands of writers and readers—in person, online, at events, and as readers.

Since we began our work in Bulgaria, the U.S., and the U.K.:

Hundreds of writers, translators, editors, publishers, and journalists have come to the Black Sea on fellowships to attend our annual Sozopol Seminar workshops, where they discuss writing and publishing and often begin long-term collaborative work.  Many of these writers have already gone on to publish major novels, short-story collections, and memoirs, and to win awards.  In addition, the Sozopol Seminars and our events in Sofia have brought to Bulgaria such writers as Barry Lopez, Claire Messud, Josip Novakovich, Orhan Pamuk, and Richard Russo to meet with students and established Bulgarian writers alike.

Dozens of literary works translated from English into Bulgarian have won the annual Dyankov Prize, our major translation award and now Bulgaria’s most important award in that field.

– The number of Bulgarian works of fiction in print in English has jumped from two to fifteen, thanks to our sponsorship of translation internships and prizes for fiction.

– Bulgarian writers have premiered plays in New York (for the first time for Bulgaria) and have been featured at the New Literature from Europe Festival.

– In the summer of 2015, EKF organized the first major international poetry/translation conference in Bulgaria since the end of the communist era.

– In the spring of 2014, EKF helped sponsor the first ever U.S. tour of any Bulgarian woman writer—two, in fact!

– In 2017, EKF will host the first international creative non-fiction event ever to be held in Bulgaria, bringing together journalists, travel writers, historians, biographers, essayists and memoirists to bridge the Atlantic in an age of political turmoil.

EKF’s work touches—and changes—many lives and careers.  It’s also costly.  Please help us celebrate our new status in the U.S. as a 501(c)3 organization by donating to our cross-cultural efforts.

And stay involved! Apply to our programs yourself, attend our events, and learn about Bulgarian writers (with excerpts from their work) at Contemporary Bulgarian Writers online.

Again, please consider giving before the end of the year—every donation, however modest, goes a long way for our programming! It’s as easy as just using the button below.

Pozdravi [greetings] and many thanks,

Paul Vidich and Elizabeth Kostova

Board members, EKF U.S.

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation fosters a literary exchange between American and Bulgarian writers, promotes the teaching of creative writing and literary translation. The Foundation’s programs discover and encourage talented emerging writers and translators, assist in their professionalization and promotion, as well as help to diversify the reading culture in the US by assisting the publication of translated works into English. Please help us advance our mission! All contributions are tax-deductible.

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