Kapka Kassabova

Poet, travel writer, novelist and professionally displaced person.

Photo credit: Douglas Cutt

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1973, Kapka Kassabova emigrated as a young adult to New Zealand, where she studied French and linguistics and subsequently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.

She is the author of poetry collections All Roads Lead to the Sea (AUP, 1997), Dismemberment (AUP, 2000), Someone Else’s Life (AUP/Bloodaxe, 2003) and Geography for the Lost (AUP/Bloodaxe, 2007), acclaimed novels, travel guides and many pieces of travel journalism, and a memoir.

Her first collection of poems, All Roads Lead to the Sea won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for the First Best Book of Poetry; her first novel Reconnaissance won the 2000 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in the South-East Asia-Pacific Region and was shortlisted in the Montana NZ Books Awards; she won the 2002 Cathay Pacific NZ Travel Writer of the Year Award.

Kassabova currently lives and writes in Edinburgh.