Sunday Photography Feature

In anticipation of our first issue, we would like to share with you photographs submitted by incoming Fulbright ETA Andrew Kim.

Today’s photo is “Metamorphosis”

Kim, Andrew. Dia: Beacon museum in Beacon, New York (December, 2018)

Andrew Kim is a 2019-2020 English Teaching Assistant placed in Stara Zagora, centered in the heartland of Bulgaria. He graduated from Amherst College in 2018, where he studied mathematics and history. He has lived in New York City and Chicago for the past year working at a software company.

If you’d like to submit photos for consideration, please send them as attachments to submissions@domajournalbulgaria.com with the subject line ‘photo submission.’ Check back next week for more photography!

Submissions Deadline Extended

A quick announcement to all of our readers,

We are extending our first submissions deadline to July 31st, 2019! If you are a current or former Fulbright Bulgaria grantee, we would love to have your poetry, prose, nonfiction, or photography/artwork for our inaugural issue!

Please send all submissions as attachments to submissions@domajournalbulgaria.com. More information is available here.

We can’t wait to read your work!

Best,

The DOMA team

Meet the Editors – Caroline Murphy

DOMA founder and editor-in-chief Caroline Murphy was born and raised in Maine, and after serving as an ETA in Pernik from 2016 to 2017, she now teaches ESL at the American University in Bulgaria.

Name three things that fulfill you.
Coffee, poetry, and walking barefoot in grass.

What is your favorite place that you’ve visited in Bulgaria?
Balchik Palace on the Black Sea coast.

Give us some reading recommendations.
Registers of Illuminated Villages by Tarfiah Faizullah and Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns by Andrea Gibson, two books of poetry that changed my life.

If you were a plant, which one would you be and why?
I took a Buzzfeed quiz for this one – I’m a dandelion because I “go where the wind takes me.”

Meet the Editors – Azlin Armstrong

In addition to working as an ETA in Kyustendil, proud Iowan and University of Nebraska graduate Azlin Armstrong is also our Poetry Editor! Read more about her below!

Name three things that fulfill you.
Mountains, notes in the margins, and chubby street cats.

What is your favorite place that you’ve visited in Bulgaria?
Outside of Kyustendil, my home and the city I will forever maintain as being the greatest in Bulgaria, I loved Belogradchik.

Give us a reading recommendation.
Kelly Link’s Get In Trouble (for whimsy and magic)
Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter (to experience the senses more fully)
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (to feel human)

If you were a plant, which one would you be and why?
Something that goes through year-round change, some sort of flowering tree, probably.

Meet the Editors – Will Theodorou

Say hello to Prose Editor Will Theodorou! Currently an ETA in Razgrad, Will graduated from Johns Hopkins and will begin his Ph.D. in early modern literature at Princeton University come fall.

Name three things that fulfill you.
Cartoons, Monty Python, and dives.

What is your favorite place that you’ve visited in Bulgaria?
Old Town, Plovdiv

Give us a reading recommendation.
Poetry – Marianne Moore’s “Nevertheless,” “The Grave.” and “Marriage.”
Play – Joe Orton’s The Erpingham Camp

If you were a plant, which one would you be and why?
I had to Google ‘types of plants’ for this one.

Meet the Editors – Olivia Melodia

In anticipation of our inaugural issue this coming fall, we are happy to introduce our witty and charming editorial staff! First up is our arts editor, Olivia Melodia! Olivia hails from New Jersey and is currently an English Teaching Assistant in Blagoevgrad. She shares a little more about herself below.

Name three things that fulfill you.
Oversize sweaters, impulsive traveling, and Oxford commas.

What is your favorite place that you’ve visited in Bulgaria?
Favorite tourist destination: Seven Rila Lakes.
Favorite off-the-beaten path spot: Logodazh, about 20 minutes from my apartment.

Give us some reading recommendations.
Recent favorite: The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch
What I’m reading currently: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
What these novels have in common: intertwining plots, shifting narratives, and twists that pay off.

If you were a plant, which one would you be and why?
I would say “the type that’s hardest to kill,” but I’ve killed cacti so I’m not sure where that leaves me.

Welcome to DOMA.

DOMA: the literary journal of Fulbright Bulgaria will launch its first issue in Fall 2019. If you are a current or former Fulbright Bulgaria grantee, we hope your creative work will feel at home here. Please view our Submissions pages for more information or contact us at domajournalbulgaria@gmail.com.

Thank you for visiting!

Image credit: Olivia Melodia