Sofia Filipova (born Sofia Stoyanova Filipova [Bulgarian Cyrillic: София Стоянова Филипова] December 24, 1930, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria; died January 17, 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria), Bulgarian poet, editor, and literary critic. A retired professional educator, Filipova pioneered the study of Japanese literature and introduced haiku into the Bulgarian school curriculum. She held a degree in Bulgarian philology from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and a PhD from the Research Institute of Education; she also completed postgraduate courses in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Filipova worked for many years at the National School for Ancient Languages and Cultures Saint Constantine–Cyril the Philosopher in Sofia, and was research associate in literary education at Sofia University. She was the author of the unique Речник по стихознание (Rechnik po stihoznanie, Dictionary of Poetics; 2004 and 2010), and produced numerous collections, essays, reviews, monographs, and textbooks of poetry and haikai. She was cofounder of the Sofia Autumn Salon of Poetry (2008) and coeditor of its e-magazine Поетични страници (Poetichni stranitsi; Poetic Pages). Filipova was a member of the Bulgarian Haiku Union and was its chairwoman from 2014 to 2020. She also served as editor-in-chief of the BHU journal Хайку свят / Haiku Svyat (Haiku World) from 2013. She resided in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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