Dragana Mladenović, b. 1977, Frankenberg an der Eder/Germany, grew up in Serbia and studied Serbian literature and comparative literature at the University of Belgrade. She is a journalist and poet based in Pančevo near Belgrade.
Mladenović has published eight collections of poetry, since 2003, including Nema u tome nimalo poezije (tr.: There is no poetry in it, 2003), Tvornica (tr.: Factory, 2006) and Omot spisa (tr.: Cover, 2008), which interweave past and present and daily life in times of war. Her recent collection of poems Rodbina (tr.: Relatives, 2010) describes the fictional destiny of a Bosnian and Serbian family that both suffer from the impact of war. Furthermore, she published the poetry-novel Magda (2012), and a book of engaged poetry, Slova ljubve (tr.: Letters of Love, 2014), about hatred in Serbian society.
A number of Mladenović’s books have been translated into German, Swedish and Macedonian. Her poems have been published in several anthologies and magazines and she is the recipient of numerous awards.