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Olya Stoyanova was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from Sofia University, where she is now a PhD candidate. She is the author of four books of poetry: Photographs (2000), Prose (2002), Road map (2003) and Street “Happiness” (2013). Stoyanova’s first novel, Personal Geographies, was released in 2005. She is the author of one short stories book – What Do Wolves Dream (2011) and non-fiction book A Guide to Wild Places (2011).
Olya’s latest book, the poetry collection Street “Happiness” came out in October 2013 and won the 2013 National Award Nikolay Kanchev and the 2013 National Award Ivan Nikolov for Poetry Book of the Year. Olya has won several awards from prestigious national competitions for poetry, prose, drama, and journalism. In 2012, her play Invitation to Dinner won first prize in the drama contest at Theatre Sofia and was staged in 2014. This play won the 2014 National Award Askeer for Best Dramatic Text of the Year.