Minkoff, Velina

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Velina Minkoff was born in 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA with a track in Creative Writing – Fiction, and a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam with a track in European culture and history.

She started writing short stories within the UCLA Creative Writing Fiction program under David Wong Louie, Carolyn See and Aimee Bender. In 2000, her novella Iodine came out in four consecutive installments in Split Peas – Fiction and Photography, and her story The Old Woman (later included in the short story collection Red Shorts) received the Harry Kurnitz Creative Writing Award.

Velina is the author of a collection of short stories and a novel. Her collection of short stories entitled Red Shorts came out in English by Colibri Publishers in 2001. Her debut novel The Red and Blue Report of the Green Ameba appeared in Bulgarian by the same publisher in 2015. That same year, her short story Rat came out in English in Vagabond magazine, and her story Church was included in the fifth edition of GRANTA Bulgaria. In 2014, Velina was awarded a Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellowship by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation.

Over the years, Velina has translated several books, plays, films, poems and short stories to and from English and Bulgarian. She was selected as a participant in the Translators’ Atelier Workshop of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for three years in a row and is a member of the Bulgarian Translators’ Union.

Velina lives in Paris, where she teaches English, freelances as a translator and editor, and is currently working on a short story collection in the Bulgarian language, which will include her own translations of shorts stories she originally wrote in English.



  • Velina Minkoff:
    E-mail: velinaminkoff@gmail.com
  • Colibri Publishers:
    E-mail: colibri@colibri.bg
    Phone: +359 879 063 217
  • Colibri Bookstores:
    Address #1: 36 Ivan Vazov Street, Sofia
    Phone: +359 2 988 87 81
    Address #2: 3 Slaveykov Square, Sofia (French Cultural Institute)
    Phone: +359 2 937 79 19

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+359 879 063 217
Colibri Bookstore
36 Ivan Vazov Street, Sofia
+359 2 988 87 81
French Cultural Institute
3 Slaveykov Square, Sofia
+359 2 937 79 19

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