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Jelena Žugić was born in 1989 in Belgrade. She completed her BA and MA studies in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, after which she obtained an MA degree (with distinction) in literature and culture as a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the international program Crossways in Cultural Narratives - during the course of which she lived, studied and wrote in Portugal, England and Spain. Her first poetry collection, How I Became a Flamenco Dancer (PPM Enklava, 2021) gained the attention of regional readers and critics and was shortlisted for one of the most important Serbian poetry awards, “Branko Miljković”, as well as for the award for the best regional book of poetry “Avdina okarina”. It also received honorary mentions for the award “Milica Stojadinović Srpkinja.” Jelena Žugić has published poetry and prose in the special edition of the British literary magazine “Route 57”, as well as in renowned Serbian and regional literary journals “Polja”, “Enklava”, “Koraci”, “Hiperboreja”, “Strane”, “astronaut”, “Čovjek časopis”, “Libartes”, “Bludni stih.” She translates literary works from Portuguese, Spanish and English. Amongst the most significant authors she has translated are Clarice Lispector, Fernando Pessoa, Roberto Bolaño, Joao Reis. She currently resides, works, writes and creates music in Belgrade.