Aksinia Mihaylova, born in 1963 in Rakevo, northwest Bulgaria, is a poet and translator from French, living and working in Sofia, Bulgaria. Co-founder of the first Bulgarian private literary magazine Ah, Maria. Author of sseven poetry books in Bulgarian and three poetry books in French Ciel à perdre (Gallimard, 2014), Prix Guillaume Apollinaire 2014, Le baiser du temps (Gallimard, 2019), Prix Max Jacob 2020 and Ciel à perdre suivi de Le Jardin des hommes (Collection Poésie/Gallimard, Gallimard, 2021).
Her books of selected poems have been published in Slovak, Arabic, Italian, Romanian and Latvian. Her poems have been translated into numerous languages, and have also appeared in Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Egypt, Japan and China.
She has translated more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose.
Mihaylova has won various poetry awards, among them the Bulgarian literary prizes Hristo Fotev and Milosh Ziapkov, the Ivan Nikolov prize, as well as two international translation prizes – the annual award of the Union of Lithuanian Authors and the Latvian prize named after their poet Aleksandrs Čaks.
She is a member of the Bulgarian PEN club, Bulgarian Translators’ Union and the Association of Bulgarian writers.