LUCIJA STUPICA is a Slovene poet. For several years, she wrote articles on interior design and architecture in Hiše and Gloss magazines and has designed both private and public interiors to this day. She is also a co-founder of the Pranger Festival in Slovenia, an annual gathering of poets, literary critics, and poetry translators that she co-organized in the years 2004–2010.
She started publishing her poems in literary journals in 1997. Her poetry debut Cello in the Sun (Čelo na soncu, publ Beletrina 2000) won her both the Golden Bird Award for an outstanding artistic achievement and the Slovene Book Fair Award for the best debut book of the year. It was followed by three more books of poetry, The Windcatcher (Vetrolov, publ Beletrina 2004), The Island, the City, and Others (Otok, mesto in drugi, publ Beletrina 2008), and Vanishing Points (Točke izginjanja, publ LUD Literatura 2019).
Stupica is the recipient of two notable international literary awards: the 2010 German “Hubert Burda” Award for young poetry and the 2014 Swedish “Klas de Vylder” Award for immigrant authors. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Croatian, Serbian, and Macedonian, and her poems are represented in numerous international anthologies, most recently in Grand Tour: Reisen durch die junge Lyrik Europas (2019) published in Munich, Germany. Additionally, she is the recipient of several writer’s scholarships and has been writer-in-residence (Literary Colloquium Berlin, Slovenian art residence in New York City, Literaturhaus NÖ Krems and BCWT Gotland). She has also cooperated with several musicians, dancers and fine artists on individual projects such as multi-media performances and installations.
Her poetry seeks closeness to the sea with an island as a recurrent motif, therefore it is no coincidence she moved to the islet of Oaxen in the Stockholm Archipelago in 2012, while recently making the capital of Sweden her home. There, she has written poems which “breathe, speak, and look the reader straight in the eye without diverting their gaze for a single second”. Vanishing Points, Stupica’s fourth collection of poetry, not only depicts her own role in the world, but also that of women as the hidden agents of history.