Dmitry Kuzmin

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Dmitry Kuzmin (b.1968) graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University (Philology Dept.). He has taught literature in colleges,  and worked as assistant professor of foreign literatures and literary translation. In 1989 Kuzmin founded the Vavilon Union of Young Poets, which was the organizational hub for Moscow's experimental poetry scene. Since 1993 he has been the head of ARGO-RISK Publishers (which publishes about twenty titles of current Russian poetry yearly). Since 1996 he has edited the Vavilon Internet project ( which includes an anthology of contemporary Russian writing (about 200 authors at present). Since 2006 he has also been editor in chief of Vozdukh [Air], a quarterly poetry magazine. Kuzmin has also run other periodicals including the first Russian magazine for gay writing Risk (1996–2002). He has won the Andrei Bely award of Merit in Literature (2002). Kuzmin's poems have been published in translation in USA (A Public Space, St. Petersburg Review, Habitus, Aufgabe, Fulcrum), England, France, Poland, China, Italy, Estonia, and Slovenia. He has published in Russia translations of poetry from English (Auden, cummings, Stevens, Ashbery), French, and Ukrainian. Kuzmin's selected poems and translations were published in 2008 in a 400-page hardcover edition, Horosho byt’ zhivym [It’s fine to be alive], and won the Moskovsky Schet [Moscow Count] award for the best debut poetry collection.