Zdravka Mihaylova

Zdravka Mihaylova graduated in "Journalism and Mass Communications" from "Kl. Ohridski Sofia University "and" International Organization and Diplomacy" at the Athens University “J. Capodistria". There, she specialized in contemporary Greek literature and researched the archive of the Bulgaria-born Greek writer Costas Varnalis at the Gennadyon Library, Athens with the support of a scholarship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She has worked as a reporter and editor at Radio Sofia. Since 1994, she has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece and Cyprus Department.

Zdravka translated more than forty books from contemporary Greek and Cypriot authors - novels, poetry, drama, essays and several Bulgarian authors in the Greek language. She has participated in the international symposia, workshops and conferences on translation, Greek literature and culture; she has presented Bulgarian and Greek authors at the Festivals on speech. She is the author of many publications in Bulgarian and Greek media such as LIK magazine, Europe 2001, Literary Journal, Libra Magazine, Andy Magazine, Divazo, Metaphrasi, Paremvasi, etc.), devoted mainly to cultural and literary issues, travelogues, essays.

In 2010, she was awarded the Greek State Prize for the best translation (from Greek into a foreign language) for poetic anthology with poems by Yannis Ritzos “The Writing of the Seeker" (Stigmati, Sofia, 2009). She was also short-listed for the same prize and category (Ministry of Culture of Greece) in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Zdravka won the Rigas Velestinlis Award (2005) of the Union of Greek Translators for the best translation from Greek into Balkan language. That was for the collection entitled "Andreas Emirikos: a surrealist poet, psychoanalyst and photographer" published by "Foundation for Bulgarian Literature", Sofia, 2002, selection and compilation Z. Mihaylova, translation - collective.

In the period 2013-2016, she wrote a rubric "From the Neighbours Library", presenting contemporary Greek-language literature, as well as authors from other nationalities who focused on Greek thematic (http://www.grreporter.info/taxonomy/term/78.) Her other publications can be read on the same site under the "Nine Muse" section.