Irena Ivanova (also known as René Karabasch) is a Bulgarian writer, director and actress. Her first volume of poetry “Hips and Butterflies” (bulg. “„Хълбоци и и”, published by Zhanet 45) was nominated for the national poetry prize Ivan Nikolov. Soon thereafter, the book celebrated its Premiere at the University of Cambridge and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London and Prague. Ivanova’s poems have been translated into several foreign languages and included in various poetry anthologies worldwide. Irena is a prizewinner of the Bojan Penev National Literature Competition in the field of fiction and has been a member of the Petya Dubarova National Literature Competition jury since 2017. In addition to her activities as an author, Irena Ivanova is the founder of the Academy “Hasenhöhle”, where writers, screenwriters and dramaturges work as lecturers. She works on her theatre projects in her studio “Experimentika”. In 2017 she was awarded prizes for her role in the Bulgarian film “Godless” (bulg. Bezbog) at the film festivals in Locarno (Switzerland), Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Stockholm (Sweden) and Varna (Bulgaria). The first German translation of her texts were published in stadtsprachen magazin.