Rumen Leonidov was born on May 17, 1953 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated with a master’s degree in Bulgarian Philology. A poet, essayist, journalist, political writer and publisher, he is the author of nine books of poems, among which: Warning (1977), And the Fire Remembered about the Spark (1982), Big and Small (1990), The Inexact Dimensions of Life (1995), The Dream of the Salesman (1997), End of Mythology (1997), Classic Pieces (2000), Blind Sunday, 2012.
He has published three collections of poems abroad: Stone in the Swamp (1998), Skopje, Macedonia, End of Mythology, Warsaw, Poland, and With the Tip of the Tongue (2009), Ljubljana, the Republic of Slovenia. Dozens of his poems have been aired in the Bulgarian broadcasts of Deutsche Welle.
He has been awarded the “Silver Plaque” for his book Big and Small in 1995 in Rome, Italy. His poems have been published in the USA, England, Russia, Italy, Hungary, India, Greece, Serbia, Austria, Albania, Ukraine, Moldova, Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia.
He has participated in The World Poetry Festival in Delhi, 1985, The Poetry Days in Tirana, Albania, 1989, The World Poetry Festival in Baghdad, Iraq, 1991, Poetry Festival “Golden Warsaw” in Poland 2000, World Poetry Festivals “Struga 1999” and “Struga 2002” in Macedonia, The Poetry evenings “The Dream on the Soul” in Gevgelia, Macedonia, 2008, and “Holidays of Poetry and Wine”, Ljubljana, Medana, Slovenia, 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he won the “Crystal Vilenica” Award for Literature at the International Poetry Festival in Vilenica, Slovenia.