Born in Sofia in 1980, Ekaterina Petrova graduated from the American School of Kuwait, then went on to earn a BA in International Studies and German Studies from Macalester College in Minnesota and an MSc in European Politics from the London School of Economics. Currently based in Sofia, she has also spent time living, studying and/or working in New York, Berlin, Cuba, Northern Ireland, and France.
Over the last several years, Ekaterina has been working as a freelance translator and cultural journalist. She has translated a number of short stories, screenplays, journalistic articles, excerpts from several novels, and a play. Her translations and writing have appeared in Bulgarian and international publications, including Capital Light, Bulgaria On Air, BG Guide, Balkan Travellers, One Week in Sofia, and Vagabond magazine, the B O D Y literary journal, the Dnevnik newspaper, and various publications of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
Ekaterina has participated in the last four editions of the Literary Translation Atelier, organized by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the Bulgarian Translators’ Union. In 2013, she won the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s Translators’ Contest and was awarded a three-week residency at Open Letter Books in Rochester, New York (2014).
She is currently working on her first book-length translation, as part of the Applied Literary Translation Program, organized by Dalkey Archive Press, in collaboration with the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois.