Biography

Ksenija Popović is a writer from Montenegro.

She was born on February 18th 1977 in Podgorica. She studied in Montenegro, Italy and the USA, where she graduated high school. She obtained a magna cum laude degree in English and Spanish Language and Literature from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. She speaks four foreign languages.

At eighteen, she became the youngest columnist of the daily newspaper Pobjeda in Montenegro. During her studies, she shortly worked as a television journalist for IN television channel, where she covered news stories and hosted an independent show focused on social issues. She also collaborated with Oktoih and Nova knjiga publishing houses as a translator and editor.

After graduation, she worked as a translator for the government of Montenegro.

In 2004. she published Boy From the Water, thus becoming the first woman to ever publish a novel in Montenegro. The Boy From the Water won the literary prize Isidorinim stazama.

From 2005 until 2012 she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was a diplomat in Madrid from 2005 until 2006 in the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro, and in Rome from 2007 until 2009 in the Embassy of Montenegro, where she was Chief of the Consular Section.

In 2012 she published her second novel, A Lullaby for John Doe, which was adapted into a play for Budva Theatre City and the National theater in Belgrade. She translated this work into English.

From 2012 to 2016, she worked as Program Director of the Arts and Entertainment department of Atlas television in Podgorica. She hosted talk shows in which she interviews artists. In that same period, she was the Artistic Director of the Podgorica International Book Fair.

In 2014, she wrote and produced a short educational film about drug-abuse, that is now part of the student curriculum in Montenegrin schools.

From 2016, she works as the Director of the art, theater, classical music and literature festival Barski ljetopis.

Works:
2004     Boy From the Water, novel, Nova knjiga (five editions)
2006     A Grammar of the Italian Language, Nova knjiga
2012     A Lullaby for John Doe, novel, Nova knjiga (five editions)
2014     Russian Cakes, short film, screenwriter and co-producer
2014     Presstitution, play, co-author with Stela Mišković
2014     The Ring, short story, Blic - Generation 23
2014     The Son, short story, Blic - Generation 23
2014     The Scene, short story, Blic - Generation 23
2015     A Lullaby for John Doe, feature film, screenwriter
2016     iGeneration, series, screenwriter