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Jovan Zivlak was born 1947 in Nakovo, Vojvodina, Serbia. He finished secondary school in Kikinda, and graduated from the University of Novi Sad with the degree in Serbian language and literature.
He was editor-in-chief of magazine for modern literature and theory “Polja” (Fields, 1976–1984) which was highly influential in ex-Yugoslavia, as it introduced and spread postmodern ideas and literature. He is currently editor-in-chief of the influential magazine for literature, art and culture “Zlatna greda” (Golden beam).
He was the head of Svetovi publishing, and during this period Svetovi (Worlds) published books of numerous important contemporary thinkers (from Foucault, Derrida to Baudrillard). He is now the manager of Adresa publishing. He is also the head of the International Literature Festival in Novi Sad, wich he helped found in 2001. In addition, Zivlak edited works of well known Serbian authors (Laza Kostić, Jovan Dučić, Dušan Vasiljev, Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić, etc.) and wrote studies about them.
Jovan Zivlak has published eleven poetry and three essay volumes in the Serbian language so far (Tronožac, Čekrk, Napev, Zimski izveštaj Ostrvo, Pesme 1979–2005, Poemes choisis, Laussane, 1999, Mitlesebuch, Berlin etc) “One thing is certain. Zivlak achieves something rare, and one might say unique in contemporary Serbian poetry – he creates a poetic voice which in its isolation does not praise its own ego. Narcissism has been replaced by questioning, a typical “shortcoming” of modern poetry. This poetry asks serious and difficult questions and affirms its right to be difficult. In the hands of the right readers this may become a second name for beautiful.” (Vladimir Gvozden)
In addition to Zivlak’s literary works he has published a number of essays and monographs. His poems are in important anthologies of Serbian poetry at home and abroad, and his books have been translated into numerous languages (Germans, French, Italian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovak, Macedonian, Romanian etc.), and have received many awards.
Jovan Zivlak lives and works in Novi Sad.

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