Tanja Kragujević was born in 1946, in Senta, which is a picturesque small town on the river Tisa, in Vojvodina (northern Serbia). She graduated Philology from Belgrade University in 1970, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature in 1973. The young poet was only twenty when her earliest poetry collection was published by the first and certainly one of the most distinguished Serbian publishers – Matica srpska, from Novi Sad. The collection appeared in 1966. in a very prestigious serial edition called “First Book.” Since then, Tanja Kragujević has published seventeen poetry collections, as well as several books of essays regarding both world and Serbian contemporary poetry.
Her new poety collection The Bread of Roses was poblished in “KOV”, Vršac, in August 2012. On March 28, 2013. the book was awarded by a prestigious award Seal of the town of Sremski Karlovci (where the leading Serbian romantic Poet Branko Radicevic attended the Lyceum from 1835. to 1841) for “the best poetry collection published in 2012”
Tanja Kragujević is also an editor who works for eminent Serbian publisher “Agora,” from Novi Sad, presenting the most remarkable world poets - within the collection “Ariel”, with recently published works of Lucija Stupica, Tasos Livaditis, Sarah Kirsch, Stanislaw Barancak, H.M. Enzensberger, etc.
Her poetry and essays have been recognized in Serbia with quite a few awards. Her selected poems appeared in two books, for the time being (2009 and 2010).
The poetry of Tanja Kragujević can be found in about thirty Serbian and foreign anthologies and collections of Contemporary Serbian Poetry, among which the most significant would be: Poesia Serbia hoy, Debats (Institució Alfons el Magnànim, Valencia, n.109, 2010/4), Les Poètes de la Mediterannée (preface by Yves Bonnefoy,Gallimar & Culturesfrance, 2010); Hundert grams seele, Ten Decagrams of Soul, The Anthology of Serbian Poetry of the Second Part of Twentieth Century (edited by Robert Hodel, Leipziger Literaturverlag, 2011), The Anthology of Serbian Poetry of XX and XXI Century (Herg Benet Publishers, Bukurest, 2012), El Color de la Esencia -the Monography of New Serbian poetry (Silvia Monros Stojakovic, Anfora Nova, Spain, 2013), or in the international web presentations such as Lyrikline (www. lyrikline.org), and her personal website (www.tanjakragujevic.com).
She has been invited to present her poetry on quite a number of poetry festivals, to mention only some of them: Struške večeri poezije (Macedonia), The Pushkin Days of Poetry (Russia), The Poets’ Square (Budva, Montenegro). She also participated in poetry workshops in Literary Colony of Sićevo (Serbia, 1994) and International Literary Colony in Čortanovci (Serbia, 2008) at The First Transbalcan Poety Festival (Thessaloniki, 2012), and The Forth international festival of Literature in Ordu (Turkey).
Tanja Kragujević lives in Zemun - the town which is only one-bridge-length-apart from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.