Portrait of Dragan Todorovic

Dragan Todorovic

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Dragan Todorovic is the author of eleven books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and has contributed to several collections. His novel Diary of Interrupted Days was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Amazon First Novel Award, and other awards. His memoir The Book of Revenge (his first book originally written in English) won The Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. His collection of interactive poetry Five Walks on Isabella Street was the winner of the Astound International Competition. Several of his stories have been anthologised. 

Dragan wrote and directed twenty-four radio plays, two TV documentaries and hosted over a hundred and fifty live TV interviews (on Culture Channel and 3K, Serbia). He is the author of the biographies of Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. He has translated Charles Bukowski (Post Office), Tom Waits, Rod McKuen, Erica Jong, Billy Collins, Louise Glück, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and others.

His articles in the Canadian magazines have been shortlisted for National Magazine Award, and he had been part of the prestigious Creative Non-Fiction programme at Banff Centre for the Arts, which resulted in one book chapter and, ultimately, in his memoir.

During his years as an Art Director in Canadian advertising, Dragan’s interactive works won several awards in New York Festivals.

His aural essay In My Language I am Smart was performed in Deep Wireless Festival, on CBC Radio One and published on a CD in 2012. His sound works were recently featured on Earlid, a space dedicated to sound art.

His new collection of poetry, When Is Train Passing Through Here? (Kad prolazi voz?) will be published early next year in Serbia.

Research interests

Dragan’s central themes are exile and the space between languages.  


  Dragan is supervising seven PhD projects and is primarily interested in liminal fiction, creative non-fiction and any artistic expression that opens perspectives different from what the mainstream publishing industry is selling.  

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