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Poet Mateja Matevski dies at 89

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Mateja Matevski, renowned Macedonian poet, literary critic, translator, essayist, and member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, died June 6. He was 89.

Matevski was born in Istanbul in 1929. He spent his childhood in Gostivar and was educated in Belgrade and in Skopje, where he received a Philosophy degree. A former professor of Macedonian, he worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief at Radio Skopje, eventually becoming Radio Television Skopje’s director.

He was a member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association and the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, presiding over the latter from 2001 to 2004.

In 2011, Matevski was poet laureate of the 50th Struga Poetry Evenings.

He wrote the poetry collections: Rains (1956), Equinox (1963), The Iris (1976), Circle (1977), Linden Tree (1980), The Birth of Tragedy (1985), Growing Distant (1990), The Black Tower (1992), Whirlwind(1996), Barren Soil (1999), and Inner Spaces (2000).

Mateja Matevski’s funeral will be held at the Butel City Cemetery in Skopje on June 8 at noon.