Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska opened her eyes for the first time in 1984, in the city of poetry, Struga (N. Macedonia). As a social innovator, entrepreneur and a poetess, Bistra supports individuals, organisations and companies in combining innovative tools for engaging with the world today, and making it better for all. She graduated in the department for English literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. Her post-graduate studies focused on social innovation. In 2011, she published her first book of poetry in Macedonian titled You don't like poetry. Since then, her poems have been published and translated in 7 languages across Europe and Africa. In 2020, she co-aurhored her first online poetry book Fullstop, combining poetry in Macedonian, Slovenian and English. In 2022, she piblished her first poetry book in English and Croatian, titled Fragile, broken and other ways of becoming whole.


Her experience and love for poetry have been shared at numerous international events and festivals, incl. her latest TEDxtalk What makes your heart beat? At the moment, she lives and re-creates worlds in Vienna, co-managing an agency for positive impact Heartbeats Innovation & Communication.