Portrait of Dragan Todorovic

Dragan Todorovic

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Dragan Todorovic is the author of eight books of fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and poetry. He is also a living proof that history has become faster than people: born in the communist Yugoslavia, without changing the ground beneath his feet he had lived in four different countries with three political systems.  During this period he published four books (in Serbo-Croatian) and worked in print and electronic media. Among other projects, he wrote and directed 24 radio-plays, two TV documentaries and hosted over 150 live TV shows.

After moving to Canada he began writing in English. His articles were nominated for National Magazine Award and in 1998 he was part of the prestigious Creative Non-Fiction program at Banff Centre for the Arts.

His project Five Walks on Isabella Street—a fully interactive poetry website he had written, designed and coded—won the first prize on Astound International Competition. In My Language I am Smart (his sound-art project originally commissioned by CBC Radio One) was published on a CD by Deep Wireless, festival of experimental sound and radio art.

His first book in English, The Book of Revenge, won The Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was nominated for British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. His novel Diary of Interrupted Days was short listed for three awards, including Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Amazon First Novel Award.

His most recent collection of stories, Little Red Transistor Radio from Trieste, will be published by Nine Arches Press in October. It contains pieces about seven levels of pain.

Dragan is interested in creative non-fiction, liminal areas of fiction (writing in/for visual, aural and multimedia arts; faction writing), and any sort of artistic expression that can open a new door into the burning core of human nature. 

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