Petr Borkovec

Czech Republic

Petr Borkovec was born in 1970 in Louňovice pod Blaníkem, Central Bohemia. The poet and translator lives in Černošice, close to Prague. Since 1990 Petr Borkovec continuously publishes books of poetry. Edition Korrespondenzen, for instance, published several of Borkovec’s books in a beautiful bibliophile bilingual (Czech/German) layout and design: Liebesgedichte (2014), Fünfter November und andere Tage (2006), Nadelbuch (2004) and Feldarbeit (2001) (translated by Christa Rothmeier). Two other collections, Aus drei Büchern (1995) and Überfuhr (1996) were published by Edition Thanhäuser. In addition to his work as a poet, Petr Borkovec translates Russian 20th century poetry and antique plays for, above others, the national theatre in Prague.


From 1992 to 2016 he worked as an editor for the literary magazine Souvislosti; from 2005 to 2015 he taught at the private academy for literature, Josef-Škvorecky-Literaturakademie, in Prague. Petr Borkovec won various renowned awards – the Jirí-Orten-prize for poetry, the Hermann Lenz-award, the Norbert C. Kaser-award etc. 

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