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Magazines That Publish Contemporary Poetry In Russian
Журналы, печатающие современную поэзию на русском
Barkov's Magazine http://margmagazine.narod.ru
"Дети Ра" / Children of Ra http://detira.ru
"Диалог" / Dialogue (российско-израильский альманах / a Russian-Israeli almanac) http://almanah-dialog.ru
"Другие". Журнал визуальной поэзии / Others http://visualpoetry.ru
"Другое полушарие" / The Other Hemisphere http://dr-polusharie.blogspot.ru/
"Дружба народов" / Druzhba Narodov http://magazines.russ.ru/druzhba
"Журнал ПОэтов" / Journal of POets http://metapoetry.narod.ru/poetry/poetry.htm
"Звезда" / Zvezda http://zvezdaspb.ru
"Зинзивер" / Zinziver http://www.zinziver.ru
"Знамя" / Znamya http://magazines.russ.ru/znamia
"Иностранная литература" / Foreign Literature http://inostranka.ru
"Красный серафим" / The Red Seraph http://www.serafim.spb.ru
"Нева" / Neva http://www.nevajournal.spb.ru
"Новая юность" / Novаya Yunost http://magazines.russ.ru/nov_yun
"Новый берег" / Novy Bereg http://www.novijbereg.net
"Новый мир" / Novy Mir http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi
"Oкно". Международный журнал поэзии / Okno Poetry Magazine http://oknopoetry.narod.ru
"Октябрь" / October http://magazines.russ.ru/october
"Словолов" и "Акт" / Slovolov and AKT http://slovolov.ru
"Футурум АРТ" / Futurum ART http://futurum-art.ru
"Черновик" / Chernovik http://www.chernovik.org/main.php
"Членский журнал" / Members' Magazine http://www.chlenskiy.com
Gennady Aigi (Геннадий Айги) (1934 - 2006)
(pen name of Gennady Lisin)
was born in the Chuvash Republic, and lived in Moscow. His translations of French poetry into Chuvash language brought him recognition at the beginning of his career as a writer. However his unusual work wasn’t welcomed in Russian periodicals and publishing houses. Since perestroyka he published many critically acclaimed books of his poetry in Russian and Chuvash, as well as numerous essays and translations. His poems were translated into many languages. Without exaggeration, he was the most celebrated Russian avant-garde poet of the time. A book of his poems in French translations entitled Veronica’s Notebook was published in Paris in 1984. Peter France of Edinburgh published two books of his translations from Aigi into English, much appreciated. Aigi was awarded the Golden Wreath of Struga (Macedonia), the French Academy Translators’ Award and the Andrey Belyi Prize for Poetry (1987). In 2000, he was awarded the first ever Boris Paternak Prize for Poetry.
Mikhail Aizenberg (Михаил Айзенберг)
was born in 1948 in Moscow. He was educated at Moscow Institute of Architecture, and worked as an architect and as a restorer. More recently, he taught Modern Art at State University of Russia. His poems were first published abroad (in the middle of 1970). Much belated publication of his works in Russia occurred in 1989. In 1990s he took part in two Conceptualists' almanacs called Lichnoe Delo / Personal File and Lichnoe Delo 2 / Personal File No 2, however many critics argue that he, having elaborated his own, unique poetics, can hardly be described as a conceptualist poet. His first collection Ukazatel imen / Names Index appeared in Moscow in 1994, followed by Za krasnymi vorotami / Beyond the Red Gates (2000) and V metre ot nas / Within a Metre (2004). He is also a renowned essay writer and critic of poetry. In 2003, he was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize for Poetry.
Bella Akhmadulina (Белла Ахмадулина)
(pen name of Isabella Akhmadulina) was born in Moscow in 1937. She was educated in the Literary Institute. Her first poem was published in a magazine in 1955. Before Perestroyka, she published ten collections of her poems; some of her poems also appeared in samizdat publications. Since 1989, more than fifteen books of her poems were published in Russia. She also wrote prose, and translated Georgian poetry into Russian. She was awarded the State Prize of Soviet Union in 1989, the Pushkin Prize in 1994, the President's Prize in 1998, and the State Prize of Russia in 2005.
Ivan Akhmetiev (Иван Ахметьев)
was born in Moscow in 1950. He started writing at the end of 1960s. Until 1989 only one of his poems was published in Russia. Since then many of his poems appeared in literary magazines in Russia and abroad. Critics defined him as a minimalist and miniaturist. His first collection of poems entitled Stikhi, tolko stikhi / Poems, only Poems was published in 1993. Another book of his poems, Devyat let / Nine Years, was published in 2001. Some of his miniatures have been translated into German and English. He co-edited the anthology of self-published and non-conformist Russian poetry entitled Samizdat of the Century (1997).
Anna Alchuk (Анна Альчук) (1955 - 2008)
(pen name of Anna Mikhalchuk)
was born on the Isle of Sakhalin. She studied history at Moscow State University. A visual poet and a painter, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, in the UK, Germany, Hungary and Sweden, as well as in Russia, where she has also staged several solo shows. In 1980s she co-edited two samizdat magazines, Paradigma and MDP, with Gleb Tsvel. In 1986 she co-founded the Club for 'History of Contemporary Art' (Moscow). She has published four collections of her poetry, the first being Dvenadtsat ritmicheskih pauz / Twelve Rhythmic Pauses (1994), and the last, Ne BU (2005). She died in unexplained circumstances in Berlin, in 2008.
Gennady Alexeyev (Геннадий Алексеев) (1932 – 1987)
lived in St. Petersburg, and lectured on history of art at St. Petersburg University. He was the first to introduce vers libre (free-verse) in St. Petersburg. Writing in that style as early as in 1953, he published his first poem in 1962, but since then had difficulties at publishing his poetry regarded as ‘different’. During his life time four collections of his poems appeared in Russia. Two more were published after his death, the latest one being Me and the City (1991). Two volumes of his Collected Poems are due from a St. Petersburg publishing in the near future. Undoubtedly, he was one of the most important St. Petersburg poets of the second half of the last century; arguably, the most underestimated of them.
Maxim Amelin (Максим Амелин)
was born in Kursk in 1970. He was educated at Moscow Literary Institute. In 1995 he founded the Symposium Publishing House. His first publication in a literary magazine occurred in 1995. First collection, Holodnye sny / Cold Dreams, appeared in 1996. He went on to publish two more collections, in 1999 and in 2003. He won the Anti-Booker Prize in 1998, the Anthology Prize in 2004, and Moscow Count Award in 2004.
Vladimir Aristov (Владимир Аристов)
was born in 1950 in Moscow, where he still lives. Educated at Moscow Institute of Technology and Physics, he started writing poetry at the end of 1970s. He was a member of the so-called Poetry Club circle, which included predominantly ironic poets. His poems, essays and short storied remained unpublished until the years of Perestroyka. Since then five critically acclaimed collections of his poetry, including Moving Away from this Winter (1992) and Private Follies of Things (1997), appeared in Russia. His short stories were published in Zhuzhukiny Deti, the anthology of Russian short stories and prose miniatures written in the second half of the last century. His work has been translated into several European languages.
Dmitry Avaliani (Дмитрий Авалиани) (1938-2003)
was born in Moscow and educated at Moscow State University, where he studied geography. After that, he worked as researcher. He suffered from Bekhterev Disease, and had to give up his scientific career and find employment as a yard keeper. He started writing poetry in 1960s, and later began experimenting with various kinds of visual poetry. In the times of Perestroika his palindromes, anagrams and tautograms found their way onto the pages of Russian literary periodicals. His first collection, Plamya v purge / Flame in the blizzard, was published in 1995. Three more books followed in 1997 (two) and in 2000. He died in a road accident in December 2003.
Elena Axelrod (Елена Аксельрод)
was born in Minsk, in 1932, a daughter of the painter Meir Axelrod and the writer Rebekkah Rivkina. She was educated at the Moscow State Institute of Education, where she studied literature. Her literary career started in 1961. She first published several collections of her poems for children. Later six collections of her poems for adults appeared in Russia, first being Okno na sever / North-facing Window (1976). She also published her translations of Bulgarian, German and Jewish poets into Russian. In 1990 she emigrated to Israel, and settled in Jerusalem. In 1995, she was awarded the Union of Russian-language Writers of Israel Prize.
Vilen Barsky (Вилен Барский)
was born in 1930 in Kiev. He studied art and graphics at the Kiev State Institute of Art. Having started his career as an abstract painter, he soon set about writing free-verse and other kinds of experimental (visual) poetry. In 1981 he and his wife, the poet Olga Denisova, emigrated to Germany and settled in Dortmund. Since then, his poems appeared in many émigré periodicals and anthologies. The collection of his visual poetry and "Konkretpoesie" entitled Slova yavlyayutsya myslyat zvychat / Words Exist, Think and Sound was published in Ziegen, Germany, in 1983. He also wrote prose poems and short stories. He was awarded the David Burliuk Poetry Prize.
Larisa Berezovchuk (Лариса Березовчук)
was born in Ukraine, in 1948. Educated at Kiev Conservatory, she continued her studies at Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography. Having reached a doctoral degree, she taught arts at Kiev Theatre Institute. After Chernobyl disaster she moved to St. Petersburg, where she has since been working for Russian Institute of History of Arts as a senior researcher. She started writing poetry in early 1990s. Her long 'declamatory poems' are rather unusual in Russian poetry. Her first collection, Lyrika / Lyrics, was published in St. Petersburg in 1999; two more books of her poetry followed in 2000. She also published her essays on the leading avant-garde Russian poets.
Vassily Betaki (Василий Бетаки)
was born in Rostov-upon-Don in 1930. He was educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied oriental languages, and at the Gorky Literary Institute. He later translated poetry from English and German into Russian. The first collection of his own poems, Zemnoe planya / Earthly Flame, appeared in Leningrad in 1965. In 1973 he emigrated to France, and settled in Paris, where he worked as a teacher. He translated French classical poetry and the likes of Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel into Russian. Six collections of his poems were published in Paris, his Selected Poems appeared in Moscow in 2001. He also published a book of his essays on Russian poetry.
Sergey Biryukov (Сергей Бирюков)
was born in 1950 in Tambov. Having lived in Moscow, he is currently based in Halle, Germany. Having started writing poetry at the end of 1960s, he saw his first poem published in a literary magazine only in 1989. Since then, he published four collections of his poems; the first of them, Muza zaumi / The Muse of Zaum (1991), is regarded as the most important. He also published the monograph entitled Zevgma: Russian Poetry, Mannerism to Postmodernism (1994), as well as a number of books on the history and theoretical aspects of Russian avant-garde. He was the founder and President of the Academy of Zaum, which includes Futurist poets from everywhere in Russia. His work was translated into several European languages. He won the first prize at the Berlin International Poetry Competition, and was the recipient of the Alexey Kruchenykh Poetry Award. He read from his poems at several international poetry festivals.
Dmitri Bobyshev (Дмитрий Бобышев)
was born in Mariupol, Ukraine, in 1938. He grew up in Leningrad, where he completed his education at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute. In mid-1950s his poems found their way onto the pages of samizdat publications. In 1970s his poems appeared in émigré Russian-language magazines. His first collection of poems, Ziyaniya / Gaps, appeared in Paris in 1979. In the same year he emigrated to the USA, and settled in Illinois, where he teaches Russian literature at Illinois State University. His next book of poems, Zveru Sv. Antoniya / St. Anthony's Beasts, was published in New York, in 1989. In 1992, two books of his poems appeared in St. Petersburg. His Selected Poems appeared in Moscow in 2003. He later published two collections of his newer poems, both in Moscow.
Joseph Brodsky (Иосиф Бродский) (1940 – 1996)
was born in Leningrad, and began writing poetry when he was eighteen. From March 1964 until November 1965, Brodsky had to live in exile in the Arkhangelsk region of northern Russia: he had been sentenced to five years in exile for "social parasitism," but did not serve out his term. On June 4, 1972, Joseph Brodsky was exiled from Russia. After short stays in Vienna and London, he came to the United States. He has been Poet-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Queens College, Smith College, Columbia University, and Cambridge University in England. Four of Brodsky's poems were published in Leningrad anthologies as early as in 1966 and 1967, but most of his work has appeared only in the West. He was a splendid poetic translator and translated into Russian, among others, the English metaphysical poets, and the Polish emigre poet, Czeslaw Milosz. His own poetry has been translated into at least ten languages. Joseph Brodsky: Selected Poems was published by Penguin Books in London (1973), and by Harper & Row in New York (1974), translated by George L. Kline and with a foreword by W.H. Auden. A volume of Brodsky's selected poems translated in French has been published by Gallimard; a German translation, by Piper Verlag; and an Italian translation, by Mondadori and Adelphi. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published Brodsky's acclaimed collection, Chast rechi / A Part of Speech, in 1980. In 1988 Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published a collection of his poetry, K Uranii / To Urania, followed by the publication of Menshe edinitsy / Less Than One, a collection of Mr. Brodsky's essays on the arts and politics, which won the National Book Critic's Award for Criticism. In 1978, Brodsky was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at Yale University, and on May 23, 1979, he was inducted as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1981, Brodsky was a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's award for his works of "genius". In 1987 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Tamara Bukovskaya (Тамара Буковская)
was born in 1947. Educated at Leningrad State University, where she studied philosophy, she later worked as a researcher for the Pushkin Museum. In late 1960s she joined the informal group of poets who called themselves "Poets from Malaya Sadovaya". Her first collection, Otchayanie i nadezhda / Despair and Hope, appeared in St. Petersburg in 1991; since then she has published six more collections. Since 2000 she and her husband, the painter Valery Mishin, have been editing the poetry periodicals called Akt and Zinziver (see magazines).
Evgeny Bunimovich (Евгений Бунимович)
was born in Moscow, in 1954. Educated at Moscow State University, where he studied physics and mathematics, he has since been working as a secondary school teacher of mathematics. He also authored several mathematics textbooks. In 1986 he became a founding member of Club Poeziya, a poetry group. His poems and essays appear regularly in Russian literary periodicals. His first collection of poems Prosto net takogo goroda Parizha / No City Like Paris, was published in Paris in 1990; four more poetry books followed, among them Potomu chto zhivu / Because I Live (1992), Stikhi / Poems (1994) and Estestvenny otbor / Natural Selection, 2000, all published in Moscow. Since 1996 he has had a personal column in Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper. He is currently a member of the Moscow Duma, i.e. a counsellor. He won the Moscow Prize for Literature.
Vladimir Burich (Владимир Бурич) (1932 – 1994)
was born in Alexandrovsk-Grushvsky near Lugansk, Ukraine, and grew up in Kharkov. Educated at Moscow State Uiversity, where he studied journalism, he worked as an editor for a Moscow literary publishing. His first poem appeared in a literary magazine in 1961, however he came into the spotlight at the end of 1980s, when the first anthologies of Russian vers-libre, Bely kvadrat / The White Square and Vremya X / At X Hour, were published in Moscow. He also published important essays on Russian free-verse. A collection of his poems and essays entitled Teksty / Texts appeared in Moscow in 1989. The second volume of Teksty / Texts was published in 1995, a year after the poet's death.
Igor Burikhin (Игорь Бурихин)
was born in 1943 in Leningrad. Educated in the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema, he researched into the life and playwriting style of Brecht. In 1970, some of his visual poems were published in émigré magazines. Because of that he was not allowed to complete his PhD thesis, which was almost finished. In 1979 he emigrated to Germany and settled in Cologne. He authored five books of visual poetry, the first of which, Prevrascheniya na vozdushnyh putyah, was published by Third Wave Publishing in Paris, and the next, Kuda zhe / Where To, appeared in Hamburg in 1986. In 1990s, three books of his poems were published in Moscow, in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He also toured Germany and the after-Perestroyka Russia with performance shows.
Dmitri Byckov (Дмитрий Быков)
(pen name of Dmitri Zilbertrood)
was born in Moscow in 1967. Educated at Moscow State University, where he studied literature, he has since been working as a journalist and as a TV presenter. In 1990s he was a member of Courtouaznye Manieristy group of poets who specialized in writing ironic poetry. He has published four collections of his poems, as well as several novels and three books of his essays. His biography of Boris Pasternak won the National Bestseller Prize (2005), and the Big Book Prize (2006).
Nikolai Bytov (Николай Байтов)
was born in Moscow in 1951. Educated at the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering, where he studied mathematics, he later worked as a computer programmer. In 1985, he started Epsylon-Salon, a samizdat literary magazine (with Alexander Barash). His first publication in a literary magazine happened in 1989. In 1990, the first collection of his poems, Ravnovesie raznoglasiy / The Balance of Discrepancies, was published in Moscow. He has since published three more collections of his poems, including Vremena goda / The Four Seasons (Moscow, 2001) and Chto kasaetsya / As Regards (Moscow, 2007), as well as two books of his short stories. He is also known as a performance poet, and at some stage he tried his hand at book-art. In 1996 he became the founding member of the Club of Literary Performance (with Sveta Litvak). In 1999 he was shortlisted for the Andrey Bely Award, in 2007 received bursary from the Joseph Brodsky Foundation.
Dmitri Chernyshev (Дмитрий Чернышев), also known as Andrey Stoletov (Андрей Столетов)
was born in Amur Oblast in 1963. He works as editor of the Opushka e-zine, and of some other Internet publications. His first collection, Sinkage-roue, appeared in St. Petersburg in 1996. Three other books of his poetry were published more recently (2000, 2004, 2005).
Oleg Chukhontsev (Олег Чухонцев)
was born in Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow, in 1938. Since his graduation from the Moscow State Insititute of Education has been living in Moscow and working as a free-lance literary translator. In 1980s and early 1990s was the head of the poetry department in Novy Mir, a literary magazine. He has published his first poem at the end of 1950. His first collection, Iz treh tetradei / From Three Notebooks, appeared in 1976. Since then he has published seven more poetry books. He was awarded the State Prize of Russia in 1993, the Pushkin Prize in 1999, and the Russian Pushkin Prize in 2003.
Boris Constrictor (Борис Констриктор), also known as Boris Vantalov (Борис Ванталов)
(pen name of Boris Axelrod)
was born in Leningrad, in 1950. He has started writing poetry in 1970s; all his publications were in samizdat magazines, such as Transponance. First publications in Russian periodicals occurred at the beginning of 1990s. His first collection entitled Poems appeared in 1993, three more books of his poetry and visual art followed. He currently works a researcher for the Institute of Russian Avant-garde. He was awarded the David Burliuk Poetry Prize.
Alexey Dayen (Алексей Даен) (1972-2010)
was born in Kiev, and lived in Moscow before moving to the USA in 1994. He was editor of Chlensky Zhurnal (see magazines), a Russian-language literary magazine that he founded in 2002. He published three collections of his Russian poems, Bestyariy / Bestiary (Moscow, 1993), and two books that appeared in New York City. A collection of his essays was published in Novokuznetsk, Russia, in 2003. In 2004 he won the Futurum Art magazine Poet of the Year Prize and the David Burliuk Award. He died in New York in November 2010.
Arkady Dragomoshchenko (Аркадий Драгомощенко)
was born in 1946 in Potsdam, Germany. In 1969 he moved to St. Petersburg. Educated at Vinnitsa Institute of Education, where he studied literature, and at Leningrad Institute of Theatre. Music and Cinema, he worked as a literary editor of a theater company and as a journalist. He started writing poetry in 1970, and first published a poem in a literary magazine in 1985. Since 1990, he has published five collections in Russia, the most recent being Na beragah isklyuchennoi reko / On the Banks of an Excluded River (2005), as well as two collections in the USA. His poetics can be compared to the style elaborated by the American L*A*N*G*U*A*G*E poets. Dragomoshchenko also writes prose, and was awarded the Andrey Bely Prise for it (1978).
Vladimir Earle (Владимир Эрль)
(pen name of Vladimir Gorbunov) was born in St. Petersburg in 1947. Having worked as a fireman, as a laboratory assistant and as a watchman, he now works as a librarian. He started writing poetry in 1962 as a 15-year-old. In a few years time he became a member of the so-called Helenooct group of young poets that existed between 1966 and 1971. His poems were widely published in Samizdat and in the Western Russian-language magazines. Since the years of Perestroyka he has published three critically acclaimed collections of his rather experimental poetry, Helenooctism (1993), The Grass, the Grass (1995) and In Search of the Lost Xeif (1999), as well as many essays on the Russian literature of the 20th century. Among the authors he translated into Russian were Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka. He was awarded the Andrey Belyi Prize for Poetry (1986) and the David Burliuk Prize for Futurist Poetry (1991).
Elena Elagina (Елена Елагина)
(pen name of Elena Zuzenko) was born in Leningrad in 1947. She was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics and Optics, and qualified as a computer programmer. After graduation, she was working as a computer programmer in various scientific laboratories. Later, she worked as a radio presenter. Elagina started writing poetry at the end of 1980s, and in 1990 published her first poem in a literary magazine. In 1992 she started a poetry magazine called Recitative. Her first collection of poems, Mezhdu Piterom i Leningradom / Between Petersburg and Leningrad, was published in 1995. Next collection of poems, Narushenie simmetrii / Skewness, appeared in 1999. Two more collections followed in 2004 and in 2006. In 1999 she was awarded the Zvezda magazine Poet of the Year Prize.
Elena Fanailova (Елена Фанайлова)
was born in Vononezh, in 1962. Educated at Voronezh University, where she studied medicine and linguistics, she worked as a medical doctor and a lecturer in journalism. Since 1995 she has worked as a Radio Freedom presenter. Her first collection, Puteshestvie / A Journey, was published in St. Petersburg in 1994; two more collections followed in 2000 and in 2002. Since 1999 she has been living in Moscow. She was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize in 1999, and Moskovski Schet prize in 2002.
Mikhail Finerman (Михаил Файнерман) (1946-2003)
(also known as Mikhail Khafman)
was born and lived in Moscow. Educated at Moscow Institute of Polygraphy, he worked as a mechanical engineer, as a tour guide, and as a projectionist. He started writing short-form poetry in early 1970s, and went on to become one of the most influential masters of Russian vers-libre. His only collection, Zyablik pereletnyi / Chaffinch, a Bird of Passage, appeared in Moscow in 1995. His translations from the Imagist poet Ford Madox Ford into Russian were published in the Anthology of Imagism (Moscow, Progress Publishers, 2001).
Vladimir Gandelsman (Владимир Гандельсман)
was born in 1948 in Leningrad. Educated at Leningrad University, he later worked as a security guard until 1990 when he emigrated to the USA. Since then he divides his time between St. Petersburg and New York. Poet and translator, he has published ten collections of his poetry and essays, as well as his translations from Lewis Carroll, Wallace Stevens, Louise Gluck, Eamon Grennan. Obratnaya lodka / The Return Boat, a book of his selected poems, was published in St. Petersburg in 2005.
Sergey Gandlevsky (Сергей Гандлевский)
was born in 1952. Having studied literature at Moscow University, he has since worked as a tour-guide, teacher, magazine editor. He is currently working for Inostrannaya Literatura / Foreign Literature magazine. Gandlevsky started writing poetry in 1970s, and in 1975 he became one of the founding members of the so-called Moscow Time group of poets, which also included Bakhyt Kenzheyev, Alexander Soprovsky and Alexey Tsvetkov. Since 1980 his poems, essays and short fiction appeared in Russian magazines. He won the Anti-Booker Prize for his poetry collection entitled Prazdnik / Celebration (1996), and Maly Booker Prize for his novella called Trepanatsiya Cherepa /Trepanation of the Skull.
Natalia Gorbanevskaya (Наталья Горбаневская)
was born in Moscow, in 1936. She studied literature at Leningrad State University, and later worked as a journalist and as a translator. In 1960s she became a prominent figure among the Russian dissidents. She took part in the demonstration against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968), and edited the chronicle of human right abuses in the USSR called The Chronicle of Current Events. In 1976 she emigrated to France, and settled in Paris. She was a long-time editor of the Continent magazine, and Russkaya Mysl newspaper. Her poems circulated in the Russian samizdat over the course of many years. The first publication of her poems occurred in 1962, in 1969 her first collection appeared in Germany, despite the fact that the publication wasn't authorised by the author. Her first 'proper' book, Poberezhye / Seafront, was published in the USA in 1973. In 1996 her Selected Poems (Ne spi na zakate / Don't Fall Asleep at Twilight) were published in St. Petersburg. More recently she has been editing the New Poland magazine.
Alexander Gornon (Александр Горнон)
was born in Leningrad, in 1946. Educated at Leningrad Institute of Mines, he worked as a newspaper reporter, as a security guard, and, more recently, as a magazine editor. The first publication of his poems in a literary magazine took place in 1973, but he had to wait another twelve years for the second. Since 1981 he has been writing what he describes as polyphono-semanthic verse, a kind of visual poetry. He has never published a poetry collection, however is widely recognised as a patriarch of Russian literary avant-garde. In 1991, he was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize.
Tatyana Grauz (Татьяна Грауз)
(pen name of Tatyana Griolooz)
was born in Chelyabinsk and educated in Moscow, at Moscow Medical Academy and at State Theatre Institute. Her experimental verse first appeared in Russian periodicals in 2004. In the same year, her first collection, Prostranstva mnogo / Too much Room, was published in Shupashkar. Her next book of poems, Oni Prozrachnee neba / They are More Transparent than the Sky, appeared in Moscow in 2005. She also published her essays and short stories.
Dmitri Grigoriev (Дмитрий Григорьев)
was born in 1960 in St. Petersburg where he still lives. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he travelled the world extensively, and wrote poetry, however he wasn’t allowed to publish anything until perestroyka. Some of his poems, though, found their way onto the pages of a few American Russian-language magazines. At the beginning of 1990s three collections of his poems appeared in St. Petersburg. He is now regarded as one of the most important St. Petersburg poets of his generation. A volume of his Selected Unpublished Poems came out in 1992. Since then, he published three novels and four collections of his poetry, including Crossroads (1995) and Fiery Yard-Keeper (2005).
Yuri Gugolev (Юрий Гуголев)
was born in 1964 in Moscow. Educated at a medical college, he worked as a medical attendant at the Moscow Emergency Service, and later for the Red Cross. He also studied at the Gorky Literary Institute, and completed his post-graduate studies. His first publications were in samizdat periodicals of mid-80s. Later, his poems appeared in most of the Russian literary magazines. His first collection which bore a somewhat paradoxical title Collected Works, was published in 2000; his second book of poems, Komandirovochnoe predpisanie / Travel Instructions, appeared in Moscow in 2006. He also published his translations from English and Scandinavian poetry. In 2007, he won the Moskovsky Schet Award.
Leonid Ioffe (Леонид Иоффе) (1943 - 2007)
was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where his family fled to from the invading German army. After the war they moved in Moscow. Ioffe studied mathematics at Moscow State University, and received a PhD from the university. He started writing poetry in 1960s. In 1972 he moved to Israel and settled in Jerusalem, where he taught mathematics at Jerusalem University. His poems appeared in emigre Russian-language periodicals. His first three collections were published in Israel, in Russian, first being Kosye padezhi / Oblique Cases (1977). Two poetry collections were published in Moscow: Golaya osen / Naked Autumn (1999) and Korotkoe metro / Short Metro (2001). He was awarded the Etinger Prize for Russian-language poetry (Israel, 1986).
Inna Kabysh (Инна Кабыш)
was born in Moscow in 1963. Educated at Moscow Institute of Education, where she studied Russian literature, she later worked as a school teacher. The first publication of her poems occurred in 1985. She has since published three collections of her poems, the first being Lichnye trudnosti / Personal Problems (1994). She won the Pushkin Prize in 1996.
Vitaly Kalpidi (Виталий Кальпиди)
was born in Chelyabinsk, in 1957. At the age of 17 he was expelled from Chelyabinsk State University "for being politically immature". After that, he worked as a porter and as a stoker in Perm and Sverdlovsk. In 1990, he returned to Chelyabinsk. His first collection, Plasty / Layers, was published in Sverdlovsk in 1990, followed by three more collections, in 1995, 1997 and 1999. He won the Apollon Grigoriev Prize in 1997, the Boris Pasternak Prize in 2004, and the Moscow-Transit Prize in 2005.
Irina Karpinskaya (Ирина Карпинская), known also as Karol K.
was born in Leningrad, in 1964. She was educated at Tarty State University, where she studied literature. Since late 1980s she has been living in Paris. Two collections of her poems were published there, Logotekhnichekiye opyty / Logotechnical Experiments (1990), and Verba et voces (2001). She is also known as a performance poet, and as a translator of French poetry into Russian.
Gennady Katsov (Геннадий Кацов)
was born in Eupatoria, Crimea, in 1956. He spent his early years in Kherson, and later was educated at National University of Shipbuilding, Mykolaiv. In 1983 he moved to Moscow and joined the Poeziya poetry club. Since 1989 he has been living in New York City. Between 1989 and 1991 he worked for Radio Freedom. After that, he edited the weeklies Pechatny Organ, Telenedelya (a Russian TV Guide) and Metro. He is currently a TV presenter with the RTN/WMNB TV channel. He has authored three collections of his poems and essays, Игры мимики и жеста / The Games of Pantomime and Gesture (N.Y., 1994), Притяжение Дзэн / The Attraction of Zen (St. Petersburg, 1999) and Словосфера / Slovosphera (N.Y., 2013).
Elena Katsuba (Елена Кацюба)
was born in 1946 in Kamensk near Rostov, and educated at Kazan State University. She has lived in Moscow for many years working as a journalist. Her first poem was published in 1963. Since then her poems and short stories appeared only in unofficial periodicals in Russia (samizdat) and abroad. Since 1999, she has published three collections of poems, including eR-eL (2002) and Igr Rai (2003), and also a dictionary of palindromes. She was the founding member of the DOOS group of poets (with Konstantin Kedrov). Since 1995, she and Konstantin Kedrov have been editing Journal of POets (see magazines).
Konstantin Kedrov (Константин Кедров)
was born in 1942 in Moscow, and educated at Moscow State University. Poet, essayist and philosopher, he started writing poetry at the end of 1950s. In 1984 he founded the DOOS group of poets (with Elena Katsuba). He is editor of the Moscow-based Zhurnal Poetov/Poets’ Magazine. Since the beginning of perestroyka he has published 6 collections of his poems, including Computer of Love (1990), Vroutselet (1993), The Gamut of Hamlet’s Bodies (1994), Ulysses and Navsikaya (1997) and Sam ist Dat (2003). A volume of his Collected Poems entitled Or appeared in Moscow in 2002. He also published three books of his essays on literature and philosophy, including Poetic Cosmos (1989). Since 1995, he and Elena Katsuba have been editing Journal of POets (see magazines). Kedrov is the current President of the Russian Poetry Society. In 2003, he was the recipient of the GRAMMY.ru Poet of the Year Award.
Svetlana Kekova (Светлана Кекова)
was born in 1951 on Sakhalin Island. She has been living in Saratov since 1968. Trained as a philologist, she teaches literature in Saratov Pedagogical Institute. She researched the life and writings of the Russian poet Nikolay Zabolotsky. In the Soviet times she published a number of her poems in samizdat periodicals. Since 1989 her poems have been widely published in Russian journals. Her first collection Pesochnye chasy / Clepsydra appeared in ST. Petersburg in 1995. In 1999, her book of poems entitled Korotkye pisma / Short Letter was short-listed for the Appolon Grigoriev Prize. She was the first winner of the Moscow-Transit Poetry Award (2001).
Bakhyt Kenzheev (Бахыт Кенжеев)
was born in Chimkent in 1950. In 1953 his parents moved to Moscow. He studied chemistry at Moscow University, and has started writing poetry as a university student. In 1975 he became one of the founding members of the Moscow Time group of poets, which also included Alexey Tsvetkov, Alexander Soprovsky and Sergey Gandlevsky. In 1973 first of his poems was published in a newspaper; more publications in Russian periodicals followed. Since 1982 he has lived in Canada. His first collection was published in 1996 in Kazakhstan. Since then, he authored five novels and eight collections of poetry. His works were translated into five languages. In 2003, he was awarded the Moscow-Transit Poetry Prize.
Evgeny V. Kharitonov (Евгений В. Харитонов)
was born in Moscow, in 1969. Educated at Kaluga Institute of Education and at Moscow State Educational University, he worked as a teacher of literature and as editor of several literary magazines. He also was a member of a rock band, and still is active as a literary critic. His first poems were published in 1984. His first collection of poems, Vo! Um!, was published in London, in 1999, as a bilingual Russian/English edition. In 2003, his next poetry book, Neproza, ili Kartinki za vystavkoi / Non-prose, or Pictures beyond the Exhibition, appeared in Moscow. He has since published three more collections. He is the editor of Drugoe Polusharie, a literary magazine (see magazines). In 2006, he was awarded the Deti Ra magazine Poet of the Year Prize, and won the Slovestnost Award for the best poetry book of the year.
Igor Kholin (Игорь Холин) (1920 – 1999)
was born and lived in Moscow. In his youth, he was employed as a waiter, then joined the Russian Army, took part in the World War 2, was wounded, and retired when the war ended. At the beginning of 1950s he became a member of the now famous Lianosovo group of poets and painters. Under the Communists, his poems appeared only in émigré magazines, such as Strelets/The Archer and Tretya Volna/Third Wave. In 1989, the first book of his poems entitled Poems with Dedications was published in Paris in Russian and subsequently reprinted in Moscow. His next collection was appeared in 1995. At the end of 1990s, he published a number of his short stories. After his death in 1999, a big volume of his Collected Poems appeared in Moscow, followed by another big volume, this time of his Collected Stories.
Yulia Kisina (Юлия Кисина)
was born in Kiev in 1966. She was educated in the State Institute of Cinema, and later continued her education at Kunstakademie (the Munchen Academy of Art), Germany. Her first poems and short stories appeared in samizdat publications in 1983; she later published her works in Russian-language émigré magazines. In 1990 she emigrated to Germany, and settled first in Munich and then in Berlin. Three books of her prose were published in Russian in 1990s, followed by two books of her stories in German. She also published her essays. Better known as a fiction writer, as a painter and as a performance artist, she revealed the whole range of her poetic abilities in her latest magazine publications.
Nikolay Kononov (Николай Кононов)
was born in Leningrad in 1958. He was educated at Saratov State University, where he studied physics, and at Leningrad State University, where he did a research on philosophical aspects of biology. He later taught mathematics at a secondary school, before founding INA Press, an independent publishing house. The first collection of his poems, Malenkiy plovets / Little Swimmer, appeared in St. Petersburg in 1989. Two more collections followed in 1998 and in 2004. He also published several novels. He was short-listed for the Andrey Bely Poetry Prize, and for the Russian Booker Prize for one of his novels. In 2001, he won the Apollon Grigoriev Award for the same novel.
Kirill Kovaldji (Кирилл Ковальджи)
was born in 1930 in Tashlyk, Bessarabia. Educated in Moscow Literary Institute, he later worked as a journalist, as a literary editor and as a creative writing tutor. Many of his students became well-known poets in their own right. In 1990's he was employed as editor-in-chief of The Moscow Worker Publishing house. He first published a poem in 1947. Since then he authored 21 collections of his poems, the most recent being Obratnyi otschet / Inverted Countdown (2003) and Zerna / Seeds (2005). He also published two novels and several books of his essays and stories, as well as his translations from Romanian and Moldavian poets into Russian. He was the recipient of the Garland Award for Poetry (2000).
Mikhail Kreps (Михаил Крепс) (1940 – 1994)
was born in Leningrad. After graduating from Leningrad State University, where he studied English literature, he worked as a researcher for Gertsen Institute. In 1974 he emigrated to the USA, where he was professor of Russian literature at a number of universities, e.g. at State University of California and Harward University. He held doctoral degrees in both English and Russian literature. His poems were published in leading Russian literary periodicals. Along with Gennady Alexeyev, he was one of the leading figures of the free-verse movement in St. Petersburg. His first collection, Interview s ptitsei Feniks / Interview with a Phoenix, was published in New York in 1984, followed by his second book of poems, Buton golovy / A Bud of a Head (1985). In 1992 and 1993, two books appeared in St. Petersburg, one contained his long poem, another his palindromes. His posthumous collection was published in Boston in 1995. He also published books of critique on Joseph Brodsky and Mikhail Zoshchenko.
Victor Krivulin (Виктор Кривулин) (1944 – 2001)
was born in Krasnodon, in the Ukraine. Since 1947 he lived in St. Petersburg. He was educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied Russian and Italian literature. In 1970s, he was closely associated with two of the Russian samizdat magazines, 37 and Severnaya Pochta/Northern Post, where he published his poems and essays. He belonged to the so-called New Leningrad school of poetry, which also included Joseph Brodsky, Elena Shvarts and Sergey Stratanovsky. After perestroika, he became involved in politics, and was at the head of the St. Petersburg branch of Democratic Russia, the pro-democracy political party. Among his critically acclaimed collections are A Concert of Requests (1993), Borderland (1994), Bathing in Jordan (1998), Poems of the Jubilee Year (2001). His poems were translated into many European languages. In 1978, he was awarded the first ever Andrey Belyi Prize for Poetry.
Ella Krylova (Элла Крылова)
was born in 1967 in Moscow. Having graduated from a secondary school, she worked as a laboratory assistant and as a reviewer in an office. She continued her education at Gnesin Institute of Music, where she was trained as a classical vocalist. The first magazine publication of her poems happened in 1991. After her first collection, Proschanie s Peterburgom / Farewell to St. Petersburg, appeared in 1993, she moved to St. Petersburg, where her second collection, Apokrif / Apocrypha, was published in 1998. Since then, she has published seven more collections. In 2005 she moved back to Moscow.
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Alexey Kubrick (Алексей Кубрик)
was born in 1959 in Moscow suburbs. Educated in Moscow Literary Institute, he later taught Russian literature there. He has published a number of essay on Russian emigre writers in Paris of 1930s. Since late 1980s his poems appeared regularly in Russian periodicals. His collection of poems, Parallelnye mesta / Parallel Spots, appeared in Moscow in 1995, and was warmly received by critics.
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Vladimir Kucheryavkin (Владимир Кучерявкин)
was born in 1947, in Kaliningrad. Educated in Kaliningrad College of Technology, he found employment as a metalworker. Later he studied literature at Leningrad State University, and now teaches English in St. Petersburg. His first collection, Tanets mertvoy nogy / Dead Leg Dancing, appeared in St. Petersburg in 1994. The publication of his Selected Poems followed in 2002. He was short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize in 2001.
Anatoly Kudryavitsky (Анатолий Кудрявицкий)
was born in 1954 in Moscow. Educated at Moscow Medical University, he worked as a researcher in immunology, as a journalist and as a literary translator. From 1999 to 2002 he lived in Germany; after that settled in Dublin, Ireland. He started writing poetry in 1978, but under the Communists was blacklisted. Since 1989 he has published a novel titled "The Case-Book of Inspector Soaps" (2008), a novella, a number of short stories, seven collections of his Russian poems, most recent being Graffiti (1998) and Visitors’ Book (2001), and two books of his original English poems, both in Ireland (2005 and 2007). In early 1990s he became a founding member of the Meloimaginists poetry group (with Ira Novitskaya and Liudmila Vagurina). In the 1990s he edited Strelets literary magazine and the anthology of new Russian poetry titled Poetry of Silence (1998), and now edits Okno, an international poetry magazine (see magazines). His anthology of contemporary Russian poetry in English translation entitled "A Night in the Nabokov Hotel" was published in Ireland by Dedalus Press (2006). He was the founder and first President of the Russian Poetry Society. In 2006 he was awarded the Deti Ra magazine Poet of the Year Prize, and in 2007 he won the Capolivery International Poetry Award (Italy).
Vyacheslav Kupriyanov (Вячеслав Куприянов)
was born in 1939 in Novosibirsk. He was educated at the High Navy School in Leningrad and at Moscow Linguistic University. Poet and freelance translator, he has lives in Moscow since 1967. His first collection entitled Personally was published in 1981. His next book, Life Goes On (1982), was a collection of vers-libre. He was one of the first Moscow poets to write free-verse poetry. Since the beginning of 1980s he has published four more collections, as well as his translations from German and English poetry. English translations of his verses appeared in book-form as In Anyone’s Tongue (Forest Books, 1992). He now is a free-lance writer and literary translator. In 1999, he was awarded the Golden Wreath of Struga (Macedonia).
Alexander Kushner (Александр Кушнер)
was born in Leningrad in 1936. Educated at the Leningrad Institute of Education, he taught literature at a secondary school. The first publication of his poem in a literary magazine occurred in 1956. Since then, he has published more than twenty collections of his poems, a book of essays on poetry. He also writes poetry for children. He is editor-in-chief of the New Poets Library publications. Kushner was awarded he State Prize of Russia in 1995, the Northern Palmyra prize in 1995, the Pushkin Prize in 1998, and the Russian Pushkin Prize in 2001.
Inna Lisnianskaya (Инна Лиснянская)
was born in Baku, in 1928. The first publication of her poems occured in 1948. Her first collection of poetry appeared in 1957. In 1960 Lisnianskaya moved to Moscow, where several more of her books were soon published. After her participation in the unofficial Metropol Almanach, in 1979, she was blacklisted, and her books were published only abroad (in France and in the USA). Lisnianskaya was married to the poet Semyon Lipkin (who died in 2003, aged 91). In recent years she has published a few more collections. Her verses appear regularly in Russian literary periodicals. Far from Sodom, a book of her poems in English translations by Daniel Weissbort, appeared in 2005. In 1999, Linsianskaya was awarded both the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Prize and the Russian State Prize.
Sveta Litvak (Света Литвак)
was born in Kovrov near Vladimir, in 1959. Educated at Ivanovo Art College, she later worked as an arts teacher. Having moved to Moscow, she found employment as a scene-painter at the Soviet Army Theatre. Her first publication occurred in 1987. In 1992, her first collection of poems appeared, Raznotsvetnye prokazniki / Multicoloured Pranksters. Her second book of poems, Pesni uchenika / Songs of an Apprentice, was published in 1994. She also writes essays. In 1996 she became the founding member of the Club of Literary Performance (with Nikolay Bytov).
Lev Losev (Лев Лосев)
(pen name of Lev Lifshits)
was born in Leningrad, in 1937, son of the Russian author Vladimir Lifshits. Educated at Moscow State University, where he studied journalism, he worked as editor of a children's magazine and wrote poems and short plays for children. He emigrated to the USA, and at first worked as a corrector for a Russian-language publishing. He continued his education at Michigan State University, and graduated with a doctoral degree. Since then he worked as a professor of Russian literature in Dartmouth College. He started writing poetry 'seriously' in 1974, first saw his poems published in emigre periodicals in 1979. Since 1988 his poems appeared in Russian periodicals. His first collections were published in New Jersey, in 1985 and in 1987. His next collection, Stikhotvoreniya iz chetyrekh knig / Poems from Four Books, was published in St. Petersburg, in 1999. In 2000, his Selected Poems appeared in Yekaterinburg, in 2000, and his biography of Joseph Brodsky was published in Moscow.
Vladislav (Slava) Lyon (Слава Лён)
(pen name of Vladislav Epishin)
was born in Vladimir in 1940. He was educated at Moscow State University, where he studied mathematics and mechanics. He later worked as a researcher in ecology, and was awarded a doctoral degree in this field of knowledge. At the end of 1950s he became a founding member of the group of poets who called themselves quantilists. In mid-60s he was close to another poetry group, the SMOGisits. He has published several collections of his poems, plays and a novel, for which he was awarded the Vladimir Dahl Prize (1985). Since 1978 he has been editing Neue Russische Literatur, an almanac of new Russian literature. His essay on the 'bronze age' of Russian literature has been widely discussed in Russian-language periodicals.
Alexander Makarov-Krotkov (Александр Макаров-Кротков)
(pen name of Alexander Makarov)
was born in 1959 in Crimea. He now lives in Moscow, and works as a journalist. He started writing poetry in the 1980s, and his first poem appeared in a literary magazine in 1989. Since then, he published seven collections of his poetry miniatures; among them are Deserter (1995), Tem na menee / Nevertheless (2002), Konkretnyi sonet / A Concrete Sonnet (2005), and Dalee vezde / Afterwards Calling at All Stations (2007). He read from his poems at various European literary festivals, and his work was translated into a number of European languages. He was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Poetry Festival in Salerno, Italy (1992).
Olga Martynova (Ольга Мартынова)
was born in Leningrad in 1962. She studied at the Leningrad Institute of Education, where she studied Russian literature. Since late 1980s her poems appeared regularly in the Russian literary periodicals. Her first collection, Postup yanvarskih sadov / The Step of January Gardens, was published in Leningrad in 1989. She emigrated to Germany in 1991. Three more collections followed, all published in Russia. A book of her poems in German translation, entitled "Brief an die Zypressen", was published in Aachen, Germany, in 2001.
Irina Mashinskaya (Ирина Машинская)
was born in Moscow, in 1958. She was educated at Moscow State University, where she studied geography. She taught Russian literature in the Pioneer Palace. in 1991 she emigrated to the USA, and now is based in a suburb of New York City, where she teaches mathematics and geography. She started writing poetry in 1980s, but has only started publishing her poems in 1992, in Russian, American and French periodicals. Her first collection, Potomu chto my zdes / Because We're Here, was published in New York in 1995, followed by two more American-published books (1996, 2000), and the equal number of books published in Moscow (2001, 2004).
Vadim Mesyats (Вадим Месяц)
was born in Tomsk in 1963. He was educated at Tomsk State University, where he studied physics and mathematics. In 1993 he emigrated to the USA, and settled in New Jersey. He now works for Stevens College in New Jersey as a coordinator of the Russian/American cultural programme. He has published four books of his poems, first of which being Kalendar vospominalschika / Memorialist's Calendar (Moscow, 1992), and the most recent, Ne prihodi vovremya / Never Come on Time (Moscow, 2006). He also published a novel and a book of short stories, and edited an anthology of contemporary American poetry in Russian translation. In 2002, he was short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize.
Arvo Mets (Арво Метс) (1937 – 1997)
was born in Estonia, and educated at St. Petersburg University and at Literary Institute in Moscow. He lived most of his life in Moscow where he edited several literary magazines, including Novy Mir/New World. He started writing poetry in the early 1960s, and also translated Estonian poetry to Russian. Three critically acclaimed collections of his poetry miniatures were published in Moscow and Tallinn. His Selected Poems appeared in Moscow in 1992. Poems included in that book have since been translated to eight languages.
Larisa Miller (Лариса Миллер)
was born in Moscow, in 1940. Having graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, she has since been working as a teacher of English. Her poetry started appearing in Russian periodicals in the mid-Sixties. Her first collection, Bezymyannyi den / A Day with No Name, was published in 1977. All in all, she has published twelve books of prose and poetry (one in English translation). In 1999 she was short-listed for the Russian State Prize.
Yuri Milorava (Юрий Милорава)
was born in Tbilisi, in 1952. He was educated in Tbilisi Linguistic University. In 1980 his poems appeared in foreign Russian-language periodicals. He has chosen vers-libre as his main poetic device, and is now regarded as one of the leading authors of Russian free-verse poetry. His first collection of poems, Vzamen / Instead, was published in Moscow in 1996, followed by his second, Pryalka-angel / An Angel Spinning-Wheel (2003). He also authored a number of essays, and translated French and Georgian poetry.
Arsen Mirzaev (Арсен Мирзаев)
was born in Leningrad/St.Petersburg, in 1960. He studied poetry at Leningrad Open University. Having started writing in 1980s, he had to wait until the beginning of Perestroyka to see his free-verse poems published in numerous Russian and foreign literary periodicals. First collection, Drugoe dyhaniye / Second Breath, appeared in 1994, followed by two more books published in St. Petersburg in 1996 and 2000, and one in Paris (2001). At the end of 1980 he was one of the editors of the a literary magazine called Sumerki / Dusk. He currently works for Limbus Press as a literary editor. In 2005, he was awarded the David Burlyuk Prize.
Elizaveta Mnatsakanova (Елизавета Мнацаканова)
(pen name of Elizaveta Mnatsakanyan)
was born in 1922 in Baku. In 1945 she moved to Moscow, and was educated at Moscow State University, where she studied literature, and in Moscow Conservatory, where she studied history of music. She has published articles and essays on such composers as Mozart, Brahms, Mahler and Prokofiev. In 1966 she started exploring visual aspects of poetry, and worked out a unique writing technique. In 1975 she moved to Austria, where she taught Russian literature in University of Vienna. Her first collections, Shagi i vzdohi / Steps and Sighs, appeared in Vienna in 1982; two more followed in 1986 and in 1988. Her Selected Poems appeared in Perm (Russia) in 1994. Ten years after a new book of her poems and essays, Arcadia (2004), was published in Moscow. She also published her German poems and German translations of Russian poetry (under the name of Netzkowa). Mnatsakanova is one of the best-known Russian avant-garde poets. She was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize in 2004.
Yunna Morits (Юнна Мориц)
was born in Kiev in 1937. She was educated at Moscow Literary Institute. At some stage she suffered from tuberculosis. Her husband, a literary critic, committed suicide at the time of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The first publication of her poems occurred in 1954. Her first collection of poetry, Razgovor o schastie / Talking about Happiness, appeared in 1957. Since then she has published fourteen books of her poems, as well as five books of children's verse. Her works have been translated into most European languages. She was awarded the Triumph prize, and the Delwig Poetry Prize (2006).
Vsevolod Nekrasov (Всеволод Некрасов)
was born 1934 in Moscow where he still lives. He used to be a member of the now famous Lianosovo group of poets and painters. Under the Communists, he was a samizdat poet, without permission to publish his work openly. His poems appeared in unofficial Russian magazines, including 37. Since 1989 three collections of his poetry, much appreciated, were published in Moscow. These books entitled Poems from a Magazine (1989), Inquiry (1991) and Fair and Less than Fair (1996), were followed by the Novosibirsk publication of his Selected Poems (2002). Ein Deutsche Buch, a book of his essays translated into German, appeared in Bochum in the same 2002. His poems have been translated into several European languages. He was awarded the Andrey Bely Poetry Prize (2007).
Rea Nikonova (Ры Никонова)
(pen name of Anna Tarshis) was born in 1942 in Sverdlovsk, lived for many years in Yeisk in southern Russia, and is now based in Kiel, Germany. She started writing poetry at the end of 1950s. Later she and ger husband the poet Sergey Seegay edited several samizdat magazines, notably Nomer / Issue and Transponance. Her rather experimental work has been published first in samizdat and in the Western Russian-language magazines, before they started to appear in some Russian periodicals of 1990s. Her first collection of texts entitled ‘An Epigraph to Emptiness’ was published in Moscow in 1997. She has since published poetry books in Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. ‘Obstrugannoe Brevno Poezii’, a volume of her New and Collected Poems, was published in 2002 in Spain. Gerald Janecek of Kentucky translated a number of her poems into English, and his translations have been widely anthologised. In 1998 she and Sergey Seagay shared the Andrey Bely Prize.
Denis Novikov (Денис Новиков) (1967 — 2004)
was born in Moscow, in 1967 г. Educated in the Moscow Literary Institute, he later lived in England, but then returned to Moscow. He published four collections of his poems, the first being Okno v Yanvare / Window in January (1995), for which Joseph Brodsky contributed a preface. In 1990s he took part in two Conceptualists' almanacs called Lichnoe Delo / Personal File and Lichnoe Delo 2 / Personal File No 2, however he can hardly be described as a conceptualist poet, as he always resorted to more traditional poetics. His Selected Poems were published in Moscow in 2007, the book was entitled Visa.
Ira Novitskaya (Ира Новицкая)
was born in Moscow in 1946. She was educated at Moscow State University, where she studied literature, she later worked as a librarian and as a researcher for Instutute of Culture and the State Literary Museum of Russia. Having chosen free verse as her main means of expression, she started writing in 1970s. Her first poems appeared in Russian periodicals at the end of 1980s. In 1992, she joined the Meloimagists poetry group founded by Anatoly Kudryavitsky and Lyudmila Vagurina. Her debut collection Dorogi temny konus / The Dark Cone of a Road appeared in Moscow in 1993. Since then, she has published four more books of her poetry, the latest, Dozhd po karnizy / Rain down the Eaves (2005), being a book of short-form poetry and haiku.
Tatyana Ocheretyan (Татьяна Очеретян)
was born in Odessa, and educated at Odessa State University. Her first collection of poems, Siney ptitsy zov okhripshei / The Call of a Hoarse Bluebird, was published in Odessa in 1990. Two more collections followed in 1993 and in 1996. In 1996 she emigrated to Israel, where her forth collection was published (in 1999). She is regarded by many as one of the finest poets who write verse libre in Russian.
Alexey Parschikov (Алексей Парщиков)
was born in the Russian Far East in 1954. His family soon moved to Kiev, and subsequently to Donetsk. Parschikov was educated at Kiev Agricultural Academy and in the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He has started writing poetry in 1970s, and soon became one of the leaders of Metarealists, the group of poets that also included Ivan Zhdanov and Vladimir Yeremenko. His first collection, Figury intuitsii / Figures of Intuition, was published in Moscow, in 1989. Since 1993 he has been living in Cologne, Germany and working as a web designer. His next book of poems, Cyrillic Light, appeared in Moscow in 1995, followed by his Selected Poems (1996). More recently he has published a new collection of poems (2006) and a book of his essays. A book of his poems in English translations, Blue Vitriol, was published in 1995. He was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize in 1985.
Dmitri A. Prigov (Дмитрий А. Пригов) (1940 - 2007)
was born in Moscow. He was educated at the Stroganov Arts College, and became a sculptor. In 1960s he worked as an architect. Prigov started writing poetry at the end of 1950s, however had to wait until mid-70s to see his poems published in a few Western Russian-language periodicals. His first publication in Russia occurred in 1986. Since then, he has published more than ten collections of his poems and three books of his essays. He often gave poetry readings with the the so-called Almanac group of poets (which included, among others, Lev Rubinshtein, Mikhail Aizenberg and Sergey Gandlevsky). In 1993 he was awarded the Pushkin Prize for poetry.
Oleg Prokofiev (Олег Прокофьев) (1928 - 1998)
was born in Paris, the second son of the composer Sergey Prokofiev. In 1936 his father moved to the USSR with his family. Oleg Prokofiev was educated at the Moscow Institute of Education, where he studied art and graphics. An avant-garde painter and sculptor, he worked for the Academy of Arts as a researcher. When he was in his early 40s, he married an English woman. His wife died in 1971; he was allowed to go to London for the funeral, and then he decided to stay in England. He had many personal exhibitions of his art. He first published his poems in emigre Russian-language magazines. The first collection of his poems, Svechenie slov / The Glow of Words, was published in Paris and in London in 1991. His next collection, Otpechatok otsutstviya / The Scent of Absence, was published in 1995 in England, followed by another book of his poems that appeared in London in 1997.
Alexey Purin (Алексей Пурин)
was born in Leningrad in 1955. He was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Technology, and later worked as an editor of Urbi, a literary almanac, and as a deputy editor-in-chief of Zvezda literary magazine. His first collection of poems, Eurasia and other poems, was published in St. Petersburg in 1995. His second collection, Sozvezdie ryb / The Constellation of Pisces, followed in 1996. Two more poetry books appeared in 1998. He also published a collection of his essays, for which he was awarded the Severnaya Palmira Prize (1997).
Alexander Radashkevich (Александр Радашкевич)
was born in Orenburg in 1950, and brought up in Ufa. In 1967, he moved to Leningrad, where he studied history at Leningrad State University. Later he worked as a bus driver and as a lift operator. In 1978 he emigrated to the USA, where he worked as a librarian at University of Yale. He moved to France in 1983, and worked there as an editor of the Russkaya Mysl newspaper, and as a teacher of Russian. At the end of 1970s he published his first poems in émigré periodicals. His first collection, Shpalera / Espalier was published in New York in 1986. Two other books of his poems appeared in St. Petersburg in 1997 and in 2003.
Arkady Rovner (Аркадий Ровнер)
was born in Odessa in 1940. Educated at Moscow State University, where he studied philosophy, he later worked as a researcher for the Institute of Information. In 1973, he emigrated to the USA, where he worked as a professor of philosophy for New York State University. Between 1977 and 1996 he also edited the Russian-language literary magazine titled Gnosis. He moved back to Moscow in 1996, and is currently teaching philosophy at Moscow State University. He has published two collections of poetry: Etazhi Gadesa / The Storeys of Hades (Moscow, 1992), and Rim i lev / Rome and a Lion (Moscow, 2002). He also authored two novels, several collections of short stories, as well as three books of essays.
Lev Rubinshtein (Лев Рубинштейн)
was born in 1947. Educated at Moscow State University of Education, he later took up a position of a librarian there. Since mid-1990s he has been working as a journalist. In 1970s he started experimenting with poems written on sets of index cards. He went on to publish five collections of such poems, first of which, Vse dalshe i dalshe / Further on, appeared in 1995. Rubinshtein also published two books of his essays. He often gave poetry readings with the the so-called Almanac group of poets (which included, among others, Dmitri Prigov, Mikhail Aizenberg and Sergey Gandlevsky). Critics considered him to be a Russian conceptualist, which he always denied. In 1999 he was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize for poetry; in 2003, the Liberty Prize.
Genrikh Sapgir (Генрих Сапгир) (1928 – 1999)
was born in Biysk, and lived in Moscow since his early childhood. He was a member of the now famous Lianosovo group of poets and painters. Since 1959 he published his poetry for children. As for his other poems, they appeared only in émigré magazines, such as Continent and Strelets/The Archer. Since 1989 his poetry, short stories, plays and novels have been widely published in Russia. Three volumes of his Collected Poems appeared at the end of 1990s. He represented Russia at numerous international festivals of poetry, and his work has been published in translation throughout the world. He edited the anthology of self-published and non-conformist Russian poetry entitled Samizdat of the Century (1997). The English translations of his Psalms by Jim Kates of New Hampshire have been widely anthologised and highly appreciated. Sapgir was the recipient of various awards including the Pushkin Prize for poetry. He is regarded by many as the most important Russian poet of the second half of the 20th century.
Sergey Seegay (Сергей Сигей)
was born im Murmansk in 1947. He was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema. In 1960 he and his wife, the poet Rea Nikonova, moved to Sverdlovsk, where they started the samizdat magazine that they called Nomer / Issue. In mid 1970s they moved to Yeisk, a town near Krasnodar, where they published another samizdat magazine called Transponance. Since Perestroyka, his visual poems have been published in quite a few magazines, both in Russia and abroad. In 1996, his first collection Cobukvy / Co-Letters, appeared in Moscow; it mostly contained his visual poems. In 1998 they moved to Germany and settled in Kiel. Seegay went on to publish three limited-edition collections of his visual poems in Spain (in Russian). He also wrote a number of essay on the history of Russian futurism. He also was one of the pioneers of mail-art. In 1998 he and Rea Nikonova shared the Andrey Bely Prize.
Olga Sedakova (Ольга Седакова)
was born in Moscow in 1949. In 1973 she graduated from the Department of Philology of Moscow State University. She has been lecturing in European poetry and History of World Culture at the same university since 1991. Havening started writing poetry in her early childhood, she had to wait for the publication of her first book of poems until 1986. This collection entitled Gates, Windows and Arches was published in Paris. At the end of 1970s two books of her poems were published in England. Her poems have appeared in Russian periodicals since 1989. In 1990 the book of her poems entitled Chinese Travelogue appeared in Moscow, followed by the publication of Poems, her second collection (1994). Two volumes of her Collected Poems appeared in Moscow in 2001. She was the recipient of the Andrey Bely Poetry Award (1982) and the European Prize for Poetry (1996).
Alla Sharapova (Алла Шарапова)
was born in Moscow in 1949. She was educated at Moscow State University, where she studied journalism. She was close to the Moscow Time group of poets, which included Bakhyt Kenzheev, Alexey Tsvetkov, Alexander Soprovsky and Sergey Gandlevsky, though she never joined the group formally. In the 1980 she became one of the most accomplished translators of poetry from English, as well as from the Scandinavian languages, into Russian. Her own poems started appearing in Russian literary periodicals in the Perestroyka years. First collection of her verse, Sredi vetvey / Among the Branches, was published in Moscow in 1996.
Mark Shatunovsky (Марк Шатуновский)
was born in Baku in 1954. He was educated at Moscow State University, where he studied literature. Having started writing poetry in 1980s, he joined the Club Poeziya group of poets in the late 1980s. His first collection, Oschuscheniya zhizni / Feeling Life, was published in Paris in 1990, followed by his second, Mysli travy / The Thoughts of the Grass (Moscow, 1992). His third collection, Iz zhizni rasteniy / The Life of Plants, was published in Moscow in 1999.
Tatyana Shcherbina (Татьяна Щербина)
was born in 1954 in Moscow. Having studied literature at Moscow State University, she has since worked as journalist. Between 1991 and 1995 she lived in Munchen and Paris; after that she returned to Russia. She worked for Radio Freedom and Commersant-Daily, and edited the magazine called Aesthete. She has started writing poetry in 1980; her poems subsequently found their way to various samizdat publications. Since 1991, five collections of her poems have been published in Russia, as well as two books of her fiction and essays. She also published a collection of her original French poems. English translations of her poems were published by Bloodaxe Books in the UK. She was awarded the National Centre for French Literature Prize in 1994.
Asya Shneiderman (Ася Шнейдерман)
was born in 1968 in St. Petersburg, the only daughter of the well-known Russian painter and sculptor Liubov Dobashina. After studying English and art at Gertsen University, St. Petersburg, she worked as a teacher of English, and now works as a librarian. Since the end of 1990s her poems and short stories were published in Russian magazines and anthologies. Her first book of poems entitled Oboznachit' Molchanie Slovom / Marking Silence with a Word was published in Moscow in 1998. Her translations from the Irish poet Desmond Egan appeared in his bilingual English/Russian Selected Poems. She is currently working on her second collection of poems.
Valery Shubinsky (Валерий Шубинский)
was born in Kiev in 1965. His family moved to Leningrad in 1972. Educated at the Leningrad Institute of Economics and Finance, he has since been working as a journalist. The first publication of his poems took place in 1984. Since then, he been published regularly by many Russian literary periodicals. In 1989, he published his first collection titled Baltiysky Son / The Baltic Dream. Two more collections followed in 1994 and in 1998. He is also known as a literary critic and a translator of poetry from English.
Elena Shvarts (Елена Шварц)
was born in St. Petersburg in 1948. She was educated at the St. Petersburg Institute for Music, Theatre and Cinema. She started writing poetry in early 1960s, and in the middle of 1970 her works found their way to Russian readers through Samizdat (uncensored) publications. She belonged to the so-called New Leningrad school of poetry, which also included Joseph Brodsky, Victor Krivulin and Sergey Stratanovsky. Her first collection entitled Tantsuyuschiy David / Dancing David was published in New York in 1984. Two more books were published in the West in 1987. Her first collection published in her homeland was Storony Sveta / Parts of the World (1989). Nine books of her poetry and short prose have since been published in Russia. Two volumes of her Collected Poems appeared in 2002. "Paradise", a volume of selected poems by Elena Shvarts, was published in England by Bloodaxe Books (1993). In 2002, she worked as Poet in Residence at the Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Bologna. In 1979, she was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize for Poetry; in 2003 she won the Triumph Literary Award.
Yulia Skorodumova (Юлия Скородумова)
(pen name of Yulia Gomazkova)
was born in Moscow in 1964. She studied Russian literature at Moscow State University. Her first collection, Otkuda prihodit mysh / Where the mouse appears from, was published in 1991. Since then she has published two more books of her poetry.
Mikhail Sokovnin (Михаил Соковнин) (1938 – 1975)
was born and lived all his life in Moscow. Educated at the Moscow State Institute of Education, where he studied Russian literature, he later worked as a tour-guide and as a researcher for the State Museum of Russian Theatre. He also lectured on Russian literature at different colleges, usually as a guest lecturer. In his lifetime he didn't publish a single poem. His style of writing free-verse wasn't particularly welcomed in the times of the Soviets. His Selected Poems were published in Moscow in 1995, to a great critical acclaim. He also wrote several novellas and essays.
Alexander Soprovsky (Александр Сопровский) (1953 – 1990)
was born in Moscow and educated at Moscow State University, where he studied history and Russian literature. In 1975 he became a founding member of the Moscow Time group of poets, which also included Bakhyt Kenzheev, Alexey Tsvetkov and Sergey Gandlevsky). Two years later a few of his poems were published in a university almanac. He was expelled from the university in 1982 for publishing his poems in a Western Russian-language magazine. After that, he worked as a security guard and a Russian language tutor. In the times of Perestroika his poems found their way onto the pages of Russian literary periodicals. He died in a road accident in December 1990. His first collection, Nachalo proschaniya / The Beginning of a Farewell, was published posthumously in 1991. His Collected Poems and Essays, Pravota Poeta / Poet on the Right Side, appeared in Moscow, in 1997.
Victor Sosnora (Виктор Соснора)
was born in Leningrad in 1936. He was educated at Lvov Arts University and at Leningrad State University, where he studied philosophy. His first publication occurred in 1960, his first collection, Yanvarsky liven / January showers, appeared in 1962. Since then, he has published fifteen books of his poetry and nine books of his prose. His Collected Poems appeared in St. Petersburg in 2006. In 1999 he was awarded the Apollon Grigoriev Prize for poetry; in 2004, the Andrey Bely Award.
Evgeny Stepanov (Евгений Степанов)
was born in Moscow, in 1964. He was educated at Tambov Institute of Education, where he studied French, and at Geneva Christian University in Switzerland. On return to Russia he founded the West Consulting publishing house. Since 2000 he edited Futurum Art poetry magazine, and in 2004 he founded Deti Ra / Children of Ra poetry magazine. He started writing poetry in 1990s. His first collection of poems, Portret / Portrait, was published in Moscow in 2002, followed by another book of poems, Glaza, dva fotoapparata / My Eyes, Two Cameras (2006). He also published his essays and short prose. Stepanov now edits two magazines, Deti Ra /Children of Ra, and Futurum ART (see magazines. He won the David Burliuk Poetry Prize.
Sergey Stratanovsky (Сергей Стратановский)
was born in 1944 in St. Petersburg. Having studied literature at St. Petersburg University, he has since worked as a librarian. He started writing poetry at the end of the 1960s; his poems have been published first in samizdat and in the Western Russian-language magazines. He belonged to the so-called New Leningrad school of poetry, which also included Joseph Brodsky, Elena Shvarts and Victor Krivulin. His first collection entitled simply Poems was published in St. Petersburg in 1993. Two critically acclaimed books of his poems entitled Daylight Darkness (2000) and Next to Chechnya (2002) followed more recently.
Vladimir Strochkov (Владимир Строчков)
was born in 1946. Educated at the Moscow Institute for Steel Industry, he has since been working as a researcher in scientific laboratories. In 1986 he joined the Club Poeziya group of poets. The first publication of his poem occurred in 1989. First collection, titled Glagoly nesovershennogo vremeni / The Verbs in Imperfect Tense, appeared in Moscow in 1994. Two more poetry books followed in 2003 (he shared this one with Alexander Levin) and in 2006. In 2000, he won the Brodsky Foundation bursary, in 2006, short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize.
Mikhail Sukhotin (Михаил Сухотин)
was born in Leningrad, in 1957. Having studied physics at the Moscow Institute of Education, he later settled in Moscow. Since early 1980 his poems started appearing in samizdat publications. In 1995, a book of his stories was published in Moscow. A collection of his poems, Tsentony i marginalii / Centons and Marginalia, was published in Moscow in 2001. Critics describe him as a conceptualist poet.
Alexander Tkachenko (Александр Ткаченко) (1945-2007)
was born in Crimea. In his youth, he was a professional footballer, and played for Tavria, Simferopol, which was and still is one of the best football teams in Ukraine, and also for Zenit, St. Petersburg, and for Locomotiv, Moscow. He later studied at the University of Crimea, and at the High Literary Courses in Moscow. He help a PhD in cultorology. Since 1975 his poems and short stories appeared in most of the Russian literary periodicals. He has published fourteen collections of his poems, as well as his memoir entitled Football (2001). Among the English translators of his poems were the poets Robert Bly and William Jay Smith. From 1992 to 1994 he edited the literary magazine called Novaya Yunost. In the 1994 he was appointed Director General of the Russian PEN centre. Since then he took an active part in the Russian human rights movement. He was a prominent Russian human rights protector, and he worked hard to help journalists (e.g. Grigory Pasko) and writers (e.g. Alina Vitukhnovskaya) who were persecuted in Russia. He also was a member of the Executive Council of the International Parliament in Strasbourg.
Alexey Tsvetkov (Алексей Цветков)
was born in Ukraine in 1947. He was educated at Moscow State University, where he studied history, and at Michigan State University where he was awarded a PhD in philology. In 1975, he became a founding member of the Moscow Time group of poets, which also included Bakhyt Kenzheev, Alexander Soprovsky and Sergey Gandlevsky). Tsvetkov was pressed into emigration in 1975. After spending a number of years in the USA, where he worked for The Voice of America as a reporter, he joined the staff of Radio Freedom as a radio journalist in 1989, and subsequently moved to Prague when Radio Freedom relocated to that city. His first three collections were published in the USA in 1978, 1981, 1985. In 1996, the book entitled Poems was published in St. Petersburg. Since then five collections of his verses were published in Russia, including a new edition of his 1985 book Eden (2007). He also published a book of his essays and translations from American poetry.
Lesya Tyshkovskaya (Леся Тышковская)
was born in Kiev in 1969. She was educated at Kiev University where she studied Russian literature. She researched into the life and verse of Marina Tsvetayeva, and now holds a doctoral degree in philology. Tyshkovskaya started writing poetry in late 1980s, and she has chosen to write in Russian. Her first collection, Sny na beregu zhizni / Dreams on the Shores of Life, appeared in Kiev in 1993; since then she has published four more books of her poetry, as well as her prose. She also performs as an actress and as a singer.
Vladimir Uflyand (Владимир Уфлянд)(1937-2007)
was born in Leningrad. Educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied history, he later worked as a labourer and as a stoker. His poems circulated in samizdat, and he also published his poems for children in Soviet periodicals. His poetry for adults was first published in a book-form in the USA, titled Texts 56-77 (1978). In 1993, his collection, Stikhotvornye texty / Poems and Texts, was published in St. Petersburg. Two more poetry books followed in 1995 and in 1997. In 2000, a book of his essays appeared in St. Petersburg.
Maria Ulyanova (Мария Ульянова)
was born in Moscow, in 1976. She was educated at the Moscow Literary Institute. This institute's publishing brought up the first collections of her stories titled "Good Thoughts and Bad Ones" (2001). Since then her poems and short stories appeared in such Russian literary periodicals as "Znamya", "Druzhba narodov", "Yunost", "Children of Ra", "Novаya Yunost", "Literaturnaya Gazeta", "Krokodil", "Polutona". Her debut novel entitled "Inka" was published by Free Fly Books in 2004, and has been republished by AST in 2008. In 2004 she received the Eureka prize for her short stories.
Ludmila Vagurina (Людмила Вагурина)
was born in Moscow, in 1955. Educated at the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics, she later worked as a researcher and as a web designer, and now is the owner and editor-in-chief of Linor Publishing House. She started writing poetry in late 1970s. Approximately at the same time she began translating poetry and fiction from English into Russian. In 1992 she became a member of the Meloimaginists poetry group (with Ira Novitskaya and Anatoly Kudryavitsky). Her poems have appeared in many Russian literary periodicals. Her first collection, Of Many Things and of the Main Thing / O mnogom i ob odnom, appeared in Moscow in 1991. Two more collections followed in 1995 and in 2001.
Boris Vantalov (Борис Ванталов) see Boris Constrictor
Dmitri Vedenyapin (Дмитрий Веденяпин)
was born in Moscow in 1959. Educated at Moscow Linguistic University, he has since been working as a free-lance literary translator. He pays much attention to translating contemporary poetry from such languages as German, French and English. His own poems appeared in many good Russian literary periodicals. He has published two collections, Pokrov / The Protection of the Virgin (Moscow, 1993), and Trava i dym / Grass and Smoke (Moscow, 2002).
Alina Vitukhnovskaya (Алина Витухновская)
was born in 1973 in Moscow, and since her youth worked as a journalist. Having started writing poetry in the late 1980s, she published several collections of her poems, including Anomalism (1993), The Children’s Book of the Dead (1994), and A Romance with Fenamin (1999). In 1990, the Russian authorities imprisoned her – allegedly for drug dealing, but, according to newspaper reports, for a refusal to become a FSB/KGB informer. At that time she had the support of most of the Russian intellectuals who protested against her unjust imprisonment and campaigned for her release. A book of her selected poems in German translation entitled Schwarze Ikone was published in Germany in 2002. She is regarded by many as one of the strongest ‘protest’ voices in contemporary Russia.
Dmitri Volchek (Дмитрий Волчек)
was born in Leningrad in 1964. He studied literature in the Leningrad Institute of Education but quit without a degree, and found employment as a security guard. In 1980s his poems appeared in samizdat publications. In 1985, he founded Mitin Zhurnal, a literary magazine (with Olga Abramovich). His first collection of poems, Govoryaschiy tyulpan / Talking Tulip, was published in St. Petersburg in 1992, followed by his second book, Poludennyi demon / Midnight Demon (1995). He also published two novels, in 1999 and in 2001. In 1988 he joined the staff of Radio Freedom, and has since worked for them. He is currently living in Prague. In 1999, he was the winner of the Andrey Bely Prize.
Andrey Voznesensky (Андрей Вознесенский)
was born in Moscow in 1933. He was educated at the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Voznesensky published his first poems in 1958. His first collection of poems, Mosaic, appeared in 1960. Khruschev infamously criticised his works, and in doing so only added to the poet's popularity. Since then, Voznesensky has published more than twenty books of his poetry. In 1978, he participated in the literary almanac called Metropol, the participants of which found themselves at odds with the Soviet authorities. His Memoirs were published in 1998. Five volumes of his Collected Works appeared in 2003. He was awarded the State Prize of Russia (1978).
Mikhail Yeremin (Михаил Еремин)
was born in Vladikavkaz, in 1937. His family moved to Leningrad before the last World War. Educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied Russian literature, and at Gertsen Institute, he worked as a restorer for the Centre for Restoration of Artworks. At the end of 1950s he joined one of the informal groups of Leningrad poets known as "The School for Philology", which also included Vladimir Uflyand and Sergey Kulle. Yeremin has published six collections of his poems, all bearing the same title, Stikhotvoreniya / Poems, first of which appeared n 1986. He also translated into Russian such poets as Hart Crane and TS Eliot. In 1998 he was awarded the Andrey Bely Poetry Prize.
Alexander Yeremenko (Александр Еременко)
was born in Altay in 1950. Educated at the Moscow Literary Institute, he hasn't completed his education. After that, he worked as a journalist and as a bricklayer. Since the end of 1980s he has been taking an active part in Moscow literary life. He was one of the leaders of Metarealists, the group of poets that also included Ivan Zhdanov and Alexey Parschikov. First poems published in Russian periodicals at the end of 1980s; first collection, Dobavlenie k sopromatu / Adding to Resistance of Materials, appeared in 1990. He went on to publish six other books of his poems, the latest being Opus Magnum (2001).
Oleg Yuriev (Олег Юрьев)
was born in Leningrad in 1959. He was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Economics and Finance, as well as at the Gorky Literary Institute. In 1983 he became a founding member of the Kamera Khraneniya / Lost and Found association of poets (with Dmitri Zax). His first collection, Stikhi o nebesnom nabore / Poems on the Heavenly Enrollment, was published in Leningrad in 1989. In 1991 he emigrated to Germany and settled in Frankfurt am Main. In early 1990s he worked for Radio Freedom. His poems keep appearing in Russian literary periodicals. Two more collections were published in Russia, followed by his Selected Poems (2004). He also authored two novels, a few plays and two collections of his essays and stories.
Sergey Zavyalov (Сергей Завьялов)
was born in Leningrad in 1958. Educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied literature, he has since been working as a teacher of Latin and Greek. He is currently the head of the department of philology of St. Petersburg Linguistic University. His poems and literary translations appeared in samizdat in 1985. Since Perestroyka his poems and essays have been appearing in various Russian literary magazines. His first collection, Odes and Epodes, was published in 1994. He authored two more books of poems. In 2002, he was short-listed for the Andrey Bely Poetry Prize.
Dmitri Zax (Дмитрий Закс)
was born in 1961 in Leningrad. He was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Electotechnology. In 1983, he became a founding member of the poetry trend called Kamera khraneniya / Lost and Found (with Oleg Yuriev). His first collection, Derevyev prekrasnyi soyuz / The Perfect Union of Trees, was published in Moscow in 1989. In 1991 he emigrated to Germany, and settled in Frankfurt am Main. His next book titled Aria d'Acquario appeared in St. Petersburg in 1994, and was reprinted in Germany. He also translates poetry from English, German, and Scandinavian languages.
Vsevolod Zelchenko (Всеволод Зельченко)
was born in Leningrad in 1972. Educated at St. Petersburg State University, where he studied literature, he holds a PhD in ancient Greek literature. He is currently teaching Latin and Greek at St. Petersburg State University, as well as at a secondary school. Zelchenko started writing poetry at the end of 1980s. His first collection, Collage, was published in St. Petersburg in 1991. Three more poetry books followed, notably Voisko / A Legion (1997). He also writes essays.
Valery Zemskih (Валерий Земских)
was born in Volkhov near St. Petersburg, in 1947. He was educated at Leningrad State University, where he studied physics. Having started writing poetry in early 1980, he specialised in vers-libre, and in the Perestroyka years had his works accepted by various Russian literary magazines. His first collection Nevernyi ugol /The Wrong Angle, appeared in St. Petersburg in 1991, followed by five more poetry books. He also writes prose poems and short stories.
Ivan Zhdanov (Иван Жданов)
was born in Altay, in 1948, the ninth child in a peasant family. After studying at Barnaul Agricultural College, he entered Moscow State University as a student of journalism but was soon expelled from it "for being immature politically". He completed his education at Barnaul Institute of Education. In 1979, a few poems were published in a literary almanac. Zhdanov was one of the leaders of Metarealists, the group of poets that also included Alexey Parschikov and Vladimir Yeremenko. His first collection Portret / Portrait, was published in 1982, and subsequently berated by Soviet loyalist critics. His next collection, Nerazmennoe nebo / The Inconvertible Sky appeared in 1990; it was translated to English and published in the USA in 1997. Next book of his poems appeared in 1991. Zhdanov's arguably best collection, Fotorobot zapretnogo mira / Photorobot of a Forbidden World, appeared in 1997. He was awarded the Andrey Bely Prize in 1988, and the Apollon Grigoriev Prize in 1997. Zhdanov has moved to Crimea at the end of 1990s, and has since lived there.
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