Ferida Duraković

is a poetess, short story writer, columnist, children writer. Graduated in literature and language from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia- Herzegovina . Published 15 volumes of poetry, prose, children books, and translations. Recent books: Locus minoris – Sklonost Bosni kao melanholiji (Locus minoris – Inclined to Bosnia as to Melancholy), poetry,  Putnici kroz (ne)vrijeme – 50 godina Sarajevskih dana poezije (koautorstvo, 2011),  (Travellers through (Bad) Times – 50 Years of the Sarajevo Poetry Days, co-author), and Pokret otpora (Resistence), essays and columns, 2012.
Awarded with Hellman-Hammet Fund for Free Expression in 1992, and Vasyl Stus Freedom-to-Write Award given by PEN New England , U.S.A. for poetry book Heart of Darkness (White Pine Press, Fredonia, New York, 1999). Her poetry book were published also in Italy and Bulgaria in 2016. Lives in Sarajevo with husband and daughter. She worked for 20 years as the Executive Director of PEN International – Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina.