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Tanja Kragujević was born in 1946, in Senta, which is a picturesque small
town on the river Tisa, in Vojvodina (northern Serbia). She graduated Philology
from Belgrade University in 1970, and earned her Master of Arts degree in
Comparative Literature in 1973. The young poet was only twenty when her
earliest poetry collection was published by the first and certainly one of the
most distinguished Serbian publishers – Matica srpska, from Novi Sad. The
collection appeared in 1966 in a very prestigious serial edition called “First
Book.” Since then, Tanja Kragujević has published sixteen poetry collections
(the latest one, The Farewell Motel - “Motel za zbogom”, came out in 2010), as
well as several books of essays regarding both world and Serbian contemporary

Her new poety collection The Bread of Roses was poblished in “KOV”, Vršac, in August 2012.

Tanja Kragujević is also an editor who works for eminent Serbian publisher
“Agora,” from Novi Sad, presenting the most remarkable world poets - within the
collection “Ariel”, with recently published works of Lucija Stupica, Tasos
Livaditis, Sarah Kirsch, Stanislaw Barancak, H.M. Enzensberger, etc.

Her poetry and essays have been recognized in Serbia with quite a few
awards. Her selected poems appeared in two books, for the time being (2009 and

The poetry of Tanja Kragujević can be found in about thirty Serbian and
foreign anthologies and collections of Contemporary Serbian Poetry, among which
the most significant would be: Poesia Serbia hoy, Debats (Institució Alfons el
Magnànim, Valencia, n.109, 2010/4), Les Poètes de la Mediterannée (preface by
Yves Bonnefoy,Gallimar & Culturesfrance, 2010); Hundert grams seele, Ten
Decagrams of Soul, The Anthology of Serbian Poetry of the Second Part of
Twentieth Century (edited by Robert Hodel, Leipziger Literaturverlag, 2011), The
Anthology of Serbian Poetry of XX and XXI Century (Herg Benet Publishers,
Bukurest, 2012), or in the international web presentations such as Lyrikline
(www.,and her personal website (

She has been invited to present her poetry on quite a number of poetry
festivals, to mention only some of them: Struške večeri poezije (Macedonia), The
Pushkin Days of Poetry (Russia), The Poets¢ Square (Budva, Montenegro). She also
participated in poetry workshops in Literary Colony of Sićevo (Serbia, 1994) and
International Literary Colony in Čortanovci (Serbia, 2008) and at The First
Transbalcan Poety Festival (Thessaloniki, 2012.)

Tanja Kragujević lives in Zemun - the town which is only one-bridge-length-apart from Belgrade - with her husband Vasilije Vince