Prvoslav Vujcic

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Prvoslav Vujcic
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Born Prvoslav Vujčić
(1960-07-20) 20 July 1960 (age 57)
Požarevac, Serbia
Residence Toronto
Occupation Author
Children 4

Prvoslav Vujcic (Serbian pronunciation: [pr̩ʋoslaʋ ʋûjt͡ʃit͡ɕ], Serbian Cyrillic: Првослав Вујчић[a]; born 20 July 1960) is a Canadian writer, poet, translator, columnist and aphorist[1] who has been described as one of the most prominent writers of Serbian origin.[2][3][4]


Vujcic was born on 20 July 1960 in Požarevac to father Jefrem and mother Nadežda.[5] In 1975, Vujcic won the Zmaj Award (awarded annually by the Association of Writers of Serbia for the best book of the year) for his collection of poetry titled Pesnik i pesma – the award was presented to him by Desanka Maksimović.[6] In 1977, he visited Canada and the United States for the first time where he met one of his literary influences Charles Bukowski. Vujcic then read and presented his poetry with Bukowski on tour for fourteen days in 1977.[7] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was the leader of the Požarevac section of the Grobari, the supporters group of Partizan Belgrade.[4] In 1983, Vujcic wrote a book of poetry titled Razmišljanja jednog leša which was banned by the Communist government of Yugoslavia by court order in 1983.[8] In 1984, Vujcic was imprisoned in Tuzla for seven days (for his writing and criticizing of Yugoslavia's communist regime) where he wrote his second book of poetry titled Kastriranje vetra – also banned by the communist regime.[9][10][7]

In 1987, Vujcic moved to Canada. Upon arrival in Canada, he helped raise funds for the construction of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade and the Živojin Mišić monument in Mionica.[4] On 28 June 1989, Vujcic helped organize the 600th Anniversary Ceremony commemorating the Battle of Kosovo throughout Canada.[4] The Canada Gazette wrote about Vujcic and his beginnings in Canada in a 1989 edition.[7] In 1992, he founded the United Serbs FC soccer club for which he and Mike Stojanovic played (as a child, Vujcic played soccer in the youth categories of FK Železničar Požarevac).[11] During this period, Vujcic was a contributor to Serbian magazine Pogledi. In 1999, he was one of the organizers of the Toronto-based demonstrations against the bombing of Serbia and Montenegro. In terms of the Serbian diaspora, the demonstrations lasted all 78 days only in Toronto.[12]

Vujcic is a member of the Association of Writers of Serbia, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Serbian Literary Society, the Association of Writers of Republika Srpska and the US-based International Association of Writers.[13] In 2007, the International Association of Writers[4] named him a Poetry Ambassador of the United States.[4][6] He is also an honourable member of the Desanka Maksimović Serbian Canadian Association. Vujcic is featured in the book Moždana veza sa Srbijom, 100 dragulja srpskog rasejanja (Brain Connection with Serbia, 100 Jewels of the Serbian Diaspora) by Radivoje Petrović, PhD. The book features the "one hundred most-known Serbs throughout the world-wide Serbian diaspora."[14] He was also featured on the cover of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Serbia book called U čast pisaca iz rasejanja / In honour of writers in the diaspora in which literary critics Miodrag Perišić and Čedomir Mirković said that "Vujcic is one of the most significant living Serbian poets and dissidents."[12]

He is the founder of the Urban Book Circle, based in Canada.[5]

Published books[edit]

  • Razmišljanja jednog leša (Beogradska knjiga, 2004)
  • Beograde, dobro je, bi' iz Toronta tebi (Beogradska knjiga, 2004)
  • Kastriranje vetra (Beogradska knjiga, 2005)
  • Deveto koleno sve/mira (Beogradska knjiga, 2005)
  • Wet (UBC Canada Press, 2013)[5]
  • Repatriates (UBC Canada Press, 2013)[5]
  • Catching Saliva (UBC Canada Press, 2013)[5]
  • A Few Good Little Thoughts (UBC Canada Press, 2013)[5]
  • Thoughts of a Corpse (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Belgrade, It's All Good (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Castration of the Wind (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Ninth Step of the Universe (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Vlažno (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Povratnici (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Hvatanje pljuvačke (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]
  • Nekoliko lepih malih misli (UBC Canada Press, 2014)[5]

Literary influences[edit]

His literary influences have been listed as Saint Justin Popović, Jovan Dučić, Desanka Maksimović, Branko Miljković, Đura Jakšić, Milutin Bojić, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Jerzy Kosiński, Hermann Hesse, Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller among others.[5]


  1. ^ Vujcic is pronounced VOOY-cheech.


  1. ^ Reč naroda (issue #1927, pg. 9; 3 February 1987). "Portreti – Prvoslav Vujčić – Reč kao osnov" (in Serbian)
  2. ^ Radio Television of Serbia (2004). "Intervju, RTS – Prvoslav Vujčić, književnik". Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Vesti, May 2007, Prvoslav Vujčić začetnik novog poetskog stila (in Serbian)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada Volume I – Literary Anthology. CEACS. 2010. pp. 306–308. ISBN 978-86-7746-233-8.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Prvoslav Vujčić biography". Urban Book Circle. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Večernje novosti (31 March 2007). "Rodoljubive pesme, pg. 26" (in Serbian).
  7. ^ a b c The Canada Gazette: La Gazette du Canada, Volume 123, Issue 1, Part 1 (in English & French). Queen's Printer. 1989.
  8. ^ Bar None Group (4 October 2016). "Ginsberg, Whitman, Banned Poetry and a Supermarket in California". Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Danas (7 February 2004). "Kanadska prašina" (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Politika (28 March 2004). "Otadžbina na Gembl aveniji" (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Srpske novine (24 September 1992). "FK Ujedinjeni Srbi, Serbian News #2607, pg. 14" (in Serbian)
  12. ^ a b U čast pisaca iz rasejanja (in Serbian). Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Serbia. 2005. pp. 47–48. ISBN 86-906685-0-0.
  13. ^ Nikola Korbutovski, Borba (9 April 2005). "Pisac je livac: Prvoslav Vujčić, pg. 18" (in Serbian).
  14. ^ Moždana veza sa Srbijom, 100 dragulja srpskog rasejanja (in Serbian). Global Puls Beograd & Serbian Unity Congress, San Francisco. 2005. pp. 286–288.

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