Bronislava Volkova


Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 339-3618

Author's Bio

Bronislava Volková is a bilingual poet, translator, collagist, Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Jewish Studies, Comparative Literature and former Director of the Czech Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. She went into exile in 1974, taught at the Universities of Cologne and Marburg and subsequently at Harvard and University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She has published ten books of existential and metaphysical poetry in Czech and several bilingual (Czech-English) editions. She is also the author of two books on linguistic and literary semiotics (Emotive Signs in Language, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 1987 and A Feminist’s Semiotic Odyssey through Czech Literature, Edwin Mellen Press, 1997) and a large anthology of Czech poetry translations Up The Devil’s Back: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Czech Poetry (with Clarice Cloutier), 2008. Her scholarly publications include topics of Czech poetry, Czech popular culture, issues of exile, gender, implied author values and emotive signs. In 2011, her collected poems were published in Czech Republic under the title Vzpomínky moře (The Sea Recalls). Her poetry has been translated into ten languages and she has received a number of literary and cultural awards.
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Publications & Prizes

Mizmor L'David Anthology, Vol I: The Shoa (Poetica Publishing Company, 2008)
The Writer Uprooted (Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature) (Indiana University Press, 2008)
Only the Sea Keeps (Bayeux Arts, 2005)
Only the Sea Keeps (Rupa & Co., 2005)
The Slightest Reminder of Your Being...Three Decades of Exile:1974-2004 (Explorer Editions, 2005)
Transformations, a chaplet, No. 91 (Backwoods Broadsides, 2005)
Vespers: Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003)
And Drink We Will from Delectable Wells... (Explorer Editions, 2010)
Born out of Darkness, English Twin (Explorer Editions, 2005)
Ze tmy zrozená (Czech twin) (Explorer Editions, 2004)
A Certain Absence/bilingual (Explorer Editions, 2003)
Vstup do svetla/Entering Light (Explorer Editions, 2002)
Promeny/Transformations (Explorer Editions, 2001)
Prison Notes Smuggled into the Ears of Seafoam (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999)
Shattered Worlds, selected poems in Czech (Votobia, 1995)
Courage of the Rainbow (Sheep Meadow Press, 1993)
Midwest Poetry Review
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George Gall Memorial Award
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Culture and Scholarship by Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) Prague.
Award for Lifetime Poetic Work and Long Term Work for the Cultural Exchange among the Slavs from the Syndicate of Bulgarian Teachers, Varna

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Last update: Aug 06, 2018