Zsófia Balla

Zsófia Balla persisted in her craft despite government censorship, becoming a celebrated poet in both Romania and Hungary. Balla began publishing her poetry as a teenager in 1965 in the journal Igaz Szó and published her first collection in 1968. In 1972 she earned a diploma from the Academy of Music and became music editor of the Hungarian section of the Cluj radio station. But after the station was forcibly closed in 1985, she became a reporter for the daily newspaper Elôre. During this time, Balla also suffered censorship and government restrictions, unable to publish her poems in Romania from 1983–1989 and forbidden to leave the country from 1980–1990. Despite these bans, she continued sending her work to be published in other countries and won the Poetry Prize of the Romanian Writer’s Association in 1984 and 1991. After the bans were lifted, she joined the editorial board of Jelenkor, a major Hungarian literary journal, and moved to Hungary in 1993. As of 2015 she has published twelve collections, the most recent in 2009. In 2008 she became a poet laureate of the Hungarian Republic.

Topics: Poetry, Publishing

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Born in Romania to Hungarian parents, Zsófia Balla has lived in Hungary since 1993. While in the land of her birth her work was often subject to censorship, she is considered one of her adopted nation's greatest women poets.

Institution: Gabor Gyukics.

Date of Birth


Poet, Journalist, Editor, Writer

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