Born: March 30 1953 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Resides: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
E-mail: minkotanev (at) abv (dot) bg
Minko Tanev obtained a degree in Bulgarian Philology from the University of Plovdiv. Currently he is a Professor of Bulgarian language for foreign students at the Medical University - Plovdiv. He is editor in the newspaper Academia Medica - Plovdiv; deputy editor in the newspaper Art Club - Plovdiv; author of six books of poems; co-author of numerous books and anthologies; as well as editor of over 50 books of poetry, haiku and tanka, some of which have won national awards. His work has been translated into German, French, English, Polish, Slovak, and Serbian, and he has translated works from Russian and Armenian. Minko is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, Haiku Club-Plovdiv, and the Society of Plovdiv writers.
Awards and Other Honors: 1978 - Grand Prix for his cycle of poems at the National Student Competition in Shumen, Bulgaria; 1980 - 1989 - Several awards and Grand Prizes for his poetry in different national contests (Sliven, Plovdiv, Yambol, Pazardzhik, Strandzha-Sakar, Zlatograd); 1985 - III Prize for his cycle of poems at 12th Poetry Festival in Moscow, USSR; 1995 - published his poetry book 33 Confessions in Love after winning the Writers' Association literary contest - Plovdiv, Bulgaria; 2001 - the newspaper Maritsa Award for poetry; 2014 - National award "Bozhidar Bozhilov" for his book of poetry Heavenly Dream; 2014 - Distinction at the Second National Haiku Contest by the Bulgarian Haiku Union - December 2014; 2015 - Distinction at the Third contest for haiku poetry Japan-Russia - Akita the Land of Poetry.
Books Published: Hill [poems] (Trakia, Plovdiv, 1980); Anonymous Man [poems] (Hr. G. Danov, Plovdiv, 1983); Hostile Universe [poems] (Hr. G. Danov, Plovdiv, 1990); 33 Confessions in Love [poems] (Lettera, Plovdiv, 1996); Candle: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Love Poems (Narodna kultura, Sofia, 2003); Thresholds [Bulgarian-English Anthology, ed. by Todor Bikov] (Plovdiv, 2005); Heavenly Dream [poems] (Bulgarska knijniza, Plovdiv, 2013); Morning Limits [poems] (Bulgarski pisatel, Plovdiv, 2013).
Credits: "full moon on the rise" - Thresholds [Bulgarian-English Anthology, ed. by Todor Bikov] (Plovdiv, 2005); "meteorites" - Haiku Anthology - Second International Haiku Conference (Kraków, May, 2015); "spring thoughts" - Thresholds [Bulgarian-English Anthology, ed. by Todor Bikov] (Plovdiv, 2005); Morning Limits [poems] (Bulgarski pisatel, Plovdiv, 2013); "bridge of light" - Literaturen Sviat 78 (November 2015); "salty fogs" - Morning Limits [poems] (Bulgarski pisatel, Plovdiv, 2013); "pearly surf sprays" - Thresholds [Bulgarian-English Anthology, ed. by Todor Bikov] (Plovdiv, 2005).