In November 2000, Torgny Lilja launched his portfolio site Blackbird's Nest. The purpose was to presen his poetry, literary theory and journalism to a bigger audience. When it was time for a major upgrade in 2008, Lilja was studying journalism at Santa Barbara City College in California. Consequently, he added an American site to the concept Blackbird's Nest.
Currently, Lilja is a candidate for the doctorate at Stockholm University. Since 2013, he holds a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities, Communication and Journalism from University of Gothenburg. He also holds a Licentiate of Philosophy Degree in Literary Theory, and since 1988, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literary Theory, Russian, and Linguistics from Stockholm University.
Besides, Lilja also holds diplomas in Web Journalism from Santa Barbara City College in California (2009), PR & Communications from Pace University in New York (2002) and Interactive Media, Multimedia and Web Page Production from ETC Akademin in Stockholm (1998).
Currently, Lilja is working on these book projects:
- Palimpsest of the Soul:
Tradition and Modernism in the Poetry by Johannes Edfelt
Dissertation on the Swedish poet Edfelt (1904–97).
- Hamlet post mortem
A sneak preview of his next collection of poems
Newly released book projects by Lilja are:
- Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem
Swedish rendering of the Russian poet Akhmatova (1889–1966).
- Skuggsång i Provence (Shade Song in Provence)
Prolonged and revised edition of Lilja's poetry 1980–2010.
Lilja was born in 1961 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has been residing more or less permanently since 1988. During his teens, he lived in a suburban area outside Stockholm, which has influenced some of his poetry. In addition to Swedish and English, Lilja understands Russian, German, French and Latin.During 2006–10, Lilja was responsible for translations and web content at Järva Interpreting & Translating Agency in Sweden. Before that, he worked short periods at the Communications Departments at IOGT-NTO (the largest Swedish organization in the field of temperance) and the Swedish Institute. He also has been an intern at the Section for Culture and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.
As a freelancer from 1992 to 1994, Lilja was a graphic designer for the Swedish Tourist Association, the Nordic Council of Ministers, book publisher Rabén & Sjögren, and others. From 1989 to 1994, he was responsible for desktop publishing at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Some people say that Lilja got his nickname "Blackbird," when he was working at the Swedish national authority for signals intelligence from 1988 to 1989. For a full overview of his experience and education, feel free to go to Lilja's résumé page.
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