Prvoslav Vujcic (Serbian Cyrillic: Првослав Вујчић, Serbian pronunciation: [př̩ʋoslaʋ ʋûːjtʃitɕ]; born 20 July 1960) is a Canadian writer, poet, translator, columnist and aphorist of Serbian origin. He has been described as one of the most prominent writers of Serbian origin.
Vujcic in 1991
20 July 1960
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Vujcic was born on 20 July 1960 in the eastern Serbian city of Požarevac to father Jefrem and mother Nadežda and it was in Požarevac that he completed his elementary education. In 1975, Vujcic enrolled in the Požarevac Gymnasium. That same year, he won the Zmaj Award (awarded annually by the Association of Writers of Serbia for the book of the year) for his collection of poetry titled Pesnik i pesma and the award was presented to him by Desanka Maksimović. In late 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. Vujcic completed his matura and graduated from the Požarevac Gymnasium in 1979. In the early 1980s, he was the leader of the Požarevac section of the Grobari, the supporters group of Partizan Belgrade. In 1983, Vujcic wrote a book of poetry titled Razmišljanja jednog leša which was banned by the Communist government in Yugoslavia by court order in 1983. 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 which was also banned by the Communist government.
In January 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. On 28 June 1989, Vujcic helped organize ceremonies throughout Canada commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo. The Canada Gazette wrote about Vujcic and his beginnings in Canada in a 1989 edition. 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). 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 Yugoslavia. In terms of the Serbian diaspora, the demonstrations lasted all 78 days only in Toronto.
Vujcic is a member of the Association of Writers of Serbia, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Serbian Literary Guild, the Association of Writers of Republika Srpska and the US-based International Association of Writers. In 2007, the International Association of Writers named him a Poetry Ambassador of the United States. 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." 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."
He is the founder of the Urban Book Circle, based in Canada.
Vujcic has four children.
- 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)
- Repatriates (UBC Canada Press, 2013)
- Catching Saliva (UBC Canada Press, 2013)
- A Few Good Little Thoughts (UBC Canada Press, 2013)
- Thoughts of a Corpse (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Belgrade, It's All Good (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Castration of the Wind (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Ninth Step of the Universe (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Vlažno (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Povratnici (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Hvatanje pljuvačke (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Nekoliko lepih malih misli (UBC Canada Press, 2014)
- Vesti, May 2007, Prvoslav Vujčić začetnik novog poetskog stila (in Serbian)
- Srpska dijaspora (24 February 2004). "Svaki Srbin roman za sebe". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- Radio Television of Serbia (February 2004). "Intervju, RTS – Prvoslav Vujčić, književnik". Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada Volume I – Literary Anthology. CEACS. 2010. pp. 306–308. ISBN 978-86-7746-233-8.
- "Prvoslav Vujčić biography". Urban Book Circle. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Toronto Star (1 August 2017). "Toronto man, 58, and son, 6, found dead in apartment, police investigate". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
- Večernje novosti (31 March 2005). "Rodoljubive pesme, pg. 26" (in Serbian).
- The Canada Gazette: La Gazette du Canada, Volume 123, Issue 1, Part 1 (in English & French). Queen's Printer. 1989.
- Bar None Group (4 October 2016). "Ginsberg, Whitman, Banned Poetry and a Supermarket in California". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Danas (7 February 2004). "Kanadska prašina" (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Politika (28 March 2004). "Otadžbina na Gembl aveniji" (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Nezavisne Novine (27 April 2004). "Promocija knjiga Prvoslava Vujčića" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Reč naroda (issue #1927, pg. 9; 3 February 1987). "Portreti – Prvoslav Vujčić – Reč kao osnov" (in Serbian)
- Srpske novine (24 September 1992). "FK Ujedinjeni Srbi, Serbian News #2607, pg. 14" (in Serbian)
- U čast pisaca iz rasejanja (in Serbian). Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Serbia. 2005. pp. 47–48. ISBN 86-906685-0-0.
- Borba (9 April 2005). "Pisac je livac: Prvoslav Vujčić, pg. 18" (in Serbian).
- Moždana veza sa Srbijom, 100 dragulja srpskog rasejanja (in Serbian). Global Puls Beograd & Serbian Unity Congress, San Francisco. 2005. pp. 286–288.
- Government of Serbia [Tanjug] (25 March 2005). "Predstavljene dve knjige pesama Prvoslava Vujčića iz Toronta" (in Serbian). Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- Nezavisne Novine (1 April 2005). "Beograd: Promocija knjiga Prvoslava Vujčića" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 13 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.