Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in
Gabrovo, Bulgaria. When he was four, his family moved to the capital city of Sofia,
where he graduated from First English Language High School. He
moved to America in 2001 and completed a bachelor's degree in
Psychology, followed by an MFA in Creative Writing at the University
His stories have won the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 and The Southern Reviewís Eudora Welty Prize and have appeared in A Public Space, One Story, Orion, The Sunday Times, Granta Online, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012.
EAST OF THE WEST, his first book, was published in the U.S. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and in eleven other countries. It was a finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and the Steven Turner Award for First Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters. In Bulgaria his own translation of the stories was published by Ciela under the title "На изток от Запада" and became the #1 best-selling Bulgarian book of 2012.
Miroslav is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas and a fiction editor of the American Literary Review.