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A poetry reading by Polina Barskova

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Polina Barskova was born in Leningrad in 1976, began writing poetry at the age of eight and then for many years attended the studio (‘kruzhok’) for writing children led by poet Viacheslav Leikin. She published her first book of poetry Christmas in 1991, and is now widely recognized as one of the major contemporary Russian poets of her generation. Currently, her eighth book of poetry Master of the Garden is in print in St. Petersburg.

Three collections of her poetry have appeared recently in English translations: This Lamentable City, trans. Ilya Kaminsky (2010), The Zoo in Winter, trans. Boris Dralyuk & David Stromberg (2011), and Relocations, translated and edited by Catherine Ciepiela (2013). English-language reviews have recognized in Barskova “a voice of stunning originality and eroticism” and “an extraordinary amount of vocal variation.”

Now Barskova lives in Amherst (MA) with her daughter Frosia where she is teaching Russian literature at Hampshire College, working on a project entitled The Ruin Screams: Culture in the Besieged Leningrad (1941-44), and on new books of her poetry and prose both in Russian and in English translation. At the end of 2015 Barskova received Andrey Bely Prize for her book of prose Living Pictures.

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