Yassen Vassilev is a young Bulgarian poet who has recently worked with professional translators and poets on the English versions of some of the best poems from his first book.
His first poetry collection is a continuation of the expressionist tradition of the early 20th century Bulgarian poet Geo Milev. But he is also inspired and influenced by Surrealism, Salvador Dali, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, T. S. Eliot and by folklore, mythology, alchemy, tarot, mysticism, symoblism, Christianity, Buddhism, Yoga, New Age, quantum mechanics, etc. In the last six months he has won eight National awards for both poetry and prose - including the Hermes Books (one of the biggest publishing houses in Bulgaria) award for a first manuscript - which ensured the publication of his book in May 2009.
He is currently studying Dramaturgy in NATFA, Sofia and has also staged three poetic performances that mix poetry with music - Delusions (2007), When the Clocks are Melting (2008) and Dirtify/War X (2009). He has published in all Bulgarian literature magazines and newspapers, both printed and online.
"Amnesia during meditation," "Macaronic Melancholy" and "Ship of Fools" have all been awarded in Bulgarian poetry contests.