Zalka Drglin

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Zalka Drglin (born in 1967) — after the early publication of her poems and short stories in magazines Sodobnost, Mladina, Emzin and Mentor as well as on Radio Slovenia (her short story was chosen as one of the best by RS and she won first prize in a short story competition by Jana magazine) she continued with her work outside public eye. In recent times her poems have been published in the cultural magazine Apokalipsa. She also takes part in poetry readings. In 2017 she was one of the finalists for the title of “Poetry knight” at Pesniški turnir /Poetry Tournament/. She regularly participates in monthly sessions on poetry written by women called Women Poets about Women Poets, led by Barbara Korun in Hostel Celica. Now her first book of poems Amonit /Ammonite/ starts to talk …

She has a Ph.D. in women’s studies and feminist theory and works as a researcher at the National Institute of Public Health. Her main topics of interest are pregnancy, birth culture, midwifery, motherhood, childbirth care, women’s rights, institutional violence, and democratization of everyday life. She is a senior university lecturer, program director at the Natural Beginnings Association and a consultant on postpartum mental health problems. She is the author, co-author and editor of many scientific and professional publications and articles, translator of scientific literature and guidebooks to Slovene. She is also the co-author of two documentary films.