Born on 27th March 1943 in Kikinda, Milutin Ž. Pavlov received his education in Požarevac, Kikinda, Zrenjanin and Novi Sad, graduating as an actor in 1966 from class of Prof. Ljubica Ravasi.
In the period between 1966 and 1972 he worked as an actor in Vršac and Leskovac, where he was a dramaturge as well. After that he dedicated himself to writing.
Milutin Pavlov became a member of the Writers’ Association of Vojvodina in 1971.
He worked with youth in Kikinda within Cultural-Propaganda Centre, later being appointed the manager of this institution. He was initiated establishment of a Youth Centre in Kikinda and started its Publishing Department, which regularly published the journal for culture, art and social life STAV (Position), whose responsible editor-in-chief he was to remain until 1982. From 1982 to 1986, he was the Secretary of the Self-management Community of Interests for culture in Kikinda; in 1986, Milutin Pavlov moved with his family to Novi Sad where he worked as a journalist. For a short time he was the editor of the Spektar programme for culture and art of Radio Novi Sad. Six months later he was appointed to the position of the Secretary of the Cultural-Educational Community for the City of Novi Sad (1986-1990). By the decision of the RTS Board, he was appointed to the position of the assistant to the responsible editor-in-chief with the title of the Special Programme Editor in 1990, where he stayed until his retirement in 1998.
Pavlov’s poetry and prose have been published in almost all leading magazines and journals of ex-Yugoslavia. His published books include:
Poetry: Tišina govori o ljudima (Silence Speaks of People) (with M. Milenković, P. Zubac, S. Mitić and V. R. Tucić) – Zrenjanin 1964; Vatra zrelog bagrema (The Fire of the Ripe Acacia), Zrenjanin 1973; Ženi sam rekao ljubav (I Told Love to a Woman), Belgrade 1977; Nad glinom žito (Wheat above Clay), Kikinda 1986; Bela jesen u Novembru (A White Autumn in November ), Novi Sad 1990; Pas izubljenog čoveka (A Lost Man’s Dog), Novi Sad 2014; Sve ptice iz dedinog šešira (All the Birds from Grandpa’s Hat) (versed conundrums for children), Novi Sad 1998
Prose: Razanajem tornjeve (I Can Make Out Spires), Novi Sad 1971, Novi Sad 1989; Klovnovi dolaze u podne (Clowns Come at Noon), Kikinda 1982; Duhovi kartonskog kofera (Ghosts of the Cardboard Suitcase), Novi Sad 2005; Cipele vranog konja (The Black Horse’s Shoes), Novi Sad 2006; Žuti fijaker (A Yellow Carriage), Novi Sad 2008; Dobošarije (Drum Games), Novi Sad 2008; Teretni voz (The Freight Train), Novi Sad 2017.
Novels: Suvi žig knjige drugova (Raised Seal of the Comrades’ Book), Novi Sad 1979; Šarmer male varoši (A Small Town’s Charmer), Novi Sad 1990; Novi Sad 1995; Rasput, Novi Sad 1994; Velizar i Đurđica (Vlizar and Đurđica), Novi Sad 2000; Galop gospodina Aresa (The Gallop of Mr Ares), Novi Sad 2003; Nebo je veliko dugme (Sky is a Large Button), Novi Sad 2006; Dobošarski ponedeljak (Drummers’ Monday), Novi Sad 2009; Kostim na sceni divljih ruža (Costume on the Stage of Wild Roses), Novi Sad 2011;
Essays: Essay on the Actor, Novi Sad 2000; Blue Violins’ Masters, Novi Sad 2017.
Non-fiction: Severni revir belog rudara (The Northern District of the White Miner) (1975)
Radio-dramas and dramas Zar je važno ko krade Marioline karanfile (Is it important who steals Mariola’s carnations); Sin (Son); Živo meso (Raw Meat); Gvozdeni drvoseča (Iron Lumberjack), Stanica staklenog voza (The Glass Train Station) played in Novi Sad, Zrenjanin and Beočin
Two-part TV drama Knjiga drugova (The Book of Comrades) (RTV Novi Sad, directed by Mario Fineli) aired on YRT in 1979 and rerun;
Pavlov has received a number of awards and recognitions: Branko Award of Matica srpska for essay, 1964; Isak Samokovlija, 1976; October Award of the town of Kikinda, 1979; Annual Award of Radio Television of Serbia, 1992 and 1994; Dragojlo Dudić Award for the novel Rasput, 1993; Sigridrug from the Festival of Children’s Monodrama within Zmajeve dečje igre festival, 1996; Zlatno pero (Golden Quill) from the Cultural-Educational Community Požarevac, 2000; Karolj Sirmai Award for the story collection Cipele vranog konja, 2007; Laza K. Lazarević for story, 2015; Sima Cucić for life’s work, 2017; Nebojša Devetak for the best contribution to the magazine Trag for 2017.
His poetry, prose and essays have been translated to Hungarian, German, Russian, Romanian, Albanian, Macedonian and Armenian.
Pavlov lives in Novi Sad.