Macedonian Poet Nikola Madzirov Delivers Poetry Reading in Washington

Nikola Madzirov. Photo: private archive.

Renowned Macedonian poet Nikola Madzirov held an author reading at the Macedonian Embassy in Washington yesterday.

“We are destined to carry the burden of an identity, to carry what we call ‘the language of our childhood’. Globalization has made the world feel like home. The language of poetry is universal and I am happy to belong to the family of poets who understand each other without even knowing the language they write in,” Madzirov said at the reading.

Macedonian Ambassador to the United States, Zoran Jolevski, opened the book reading.

“Such events have a multifaceted influence. Firstly, Macedonia is promoted as country that has outstanding poets, and the Macedonian language is also promoted. Madzirov’s poems are translated into 40 languages and published on all continents. He is intensively traveling and promoting the Macedonian culture,” Jolevski underlined.

During his visit to the US, Madzirov had a book reading at the Georgetown University in Washington and attended a gathering of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in Seattle. The gathering was attended by over a thousand US professors, critics and writers.