Miriam Drev

Miriam Drev is a poet, writer, literary translator and literary critic was born in Ljubljana, former Yugoslavia. She graduated from the Philosophical University in Ljubljana where she studied comparative literature and English. Interestingly, her initial autonomous publication with co-author S. Tomažič was the first Slovenian vegetarian cookbook 101 Vegetable Menu (1983, renewed publication 2012). With her family she spent seven years in Vienna where her book for children Šviga Does Wee-Wee (1995) was written as was in part also her first book of poems Time's Square (2002). Her second book of poetry Births, issued in 2007, was followed by Water Line a year later. She co-edited the anthology New British Writers: the Beginning of Something Big (2004) and wrote six literary portraits of women writers and artists for the anthology The Forgotten Half (2007). In 2012 her novel In the Gilded City was published as well as her fourth book of poetry In the Kitchen a Cherry Tree Would Grow. Her poems have been translated into English, Croatian, Czcech, Polish, German, Lithuanian and Italian. In 2014 her second novel Restless was issued. As a freelance translator she has translated classical and modern authors from English and German, notably R. W. Emerson, Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Ernest Hemingway, Arundhati Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, V.S. Naipaul, C.S. Lewis, Peter Carey, Maxine Hong Kingston, Graham Swift, Janet Frame, A. S. Byatt, J. Friedrich etc. As a publicist she has written forewords to her translations and numerous literary critics and other contributions for the literary supplement at the newspaper Delo, but also radio transmissions for the Slovenian Radio and Television and for the Slovenian Radio Department in Triest, Italy.  Miriam Drev is a member of the Author's Society (DSP), P.E.N. and the Literary Translators' Society (DSKP) and lives as an independent writer and translator in Ljubljana. Foto: Maj Kelenc

 Sample translations 


English – “Restless” (2014) / Translated by Jason Blake