Andrea Jurjević is a poet and translator from Croatia. Her work has appeared in EPOCH, TriQuarterly, Best New Poets, the Missouri Review, The Journal and Gulf Coast, among others. Her first collection, Small Crimes, won the 2015 Philip Levine Prize, and her translation of Mamasafari (and other things), a collection of prose poems in Croatian by Olja Svičević Ivančević, is forthcoming from Lavender Ink / Diálogos. She is a Lecturer in English at Georgia State University.
"Andrea Jurjevic’s Small Crimes begins during the Croatian war years of the early 1990’s. In the midst of bombings, sniper shootings, and firing squads, the speaker of the poems manages to live an almost normal adolescence, thanks to her grit, her attachment to family, and her skepticism. The book then moves to the postwar years and onward into America, which is not without its own perils. This is a collection that is often dark but just as often beautiful. Jurjevic’s language crackles with energy, and she lingers lovingly over the intimate details of a life that is lived with the eyes wide open." C. G. Hanzlicek, Philip Levine Prize judge