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Amarsana Ulzytuev

Amarsana Ulzytuev was born in 1963 in the Buryatian capital of Ulan-Ude and graduated from the prestigious Gorky Literature Institute. He has recently published...

Mikhail Eremin

Mikhail Eremin has lived in St. Petersburg since before WW II, writing and publishing very sparsely for over a half-century in a peculiar kind of highly respected anonymity, his work having the...

Andrei Platonov

Andrei Platonov (1899–1951) was a Soviet writer of poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and journalism.

Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina

Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina was born in Siberia and lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied at the Sаint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. She writes for stage and screen, and is an active...

Victoria Lomasko

Victoria Lomasko graduated in 2003 from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts, where she majored in graphic art and book design. She now works as a graphic artist, with a particular focus...

Dmitri Novoselov

Dmitri Novoselov was born in the Siberian city of Kyzyl, near the Mongolian border, in 1965. In the late 1970s he moved with his parents to the Urals. After school he trained as a forest engineer...

Maria Kozlovskaya

Maria Kozlovskaya was born in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow State University, English department, with an MA in linguistics and has been translating from and into English since. She has...

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko is an internationally known and often controversial Russian poet, novelist, and filmmaker. He has has toured the world to present readings of his works, now translated into...

Sergey Kuznetsov

Sergey Kuznetsov was born in Moscow in 1966. In the late ’90s he became a leading Russian film and pop-culture critic, and achieved prominence as one of the pioneers of the...

Alexander Snegiryov

Alexander Snegiryov was born in 1980 in Moscow. He has a degree in Political Science but currently works in construction design. He was awarded the Debut Prize for his collected stories Russian...

Dmitry Biriukov

Dmitry Biriukov, prose writer and essayist, was born in 1979 in Novosibirsk, where he still lives and works as a journalist. He graduated  from Novosibirsk University and later took a...

Natalia Klyuchareva

Natalia Klyuchareva is a poet, prose writer, and journalist. She was born in Perm, Russia, in 1981. She was shortlisted for the 2002 Debut Prize for Poetry and her first book of poems, White...

Andrei Sen-Senkov

Andrei Sen-Senkov is Tajikistan born poet living in Moscow, where he works as a doctor. In the U.S. his work has been published in Aufgabe, Interim, Jacket, Zoland, and anthologized in Crossing...

Julia Idlis

Julia Idlis, PhD, is a poet, writer, literary critic, translator, and journalist, born in 1981 in Kaliningrad, Russia. Idlis graduated from the Moscow State University (the Philological Faculty)...

Aleksey Porvin

Aleksey Porvin is a contemporary Russian poet. Translations of his poems can be found in Ryga Journal, St. Petersburg Review, SUSS, The Dirty Goat, World Literature Today, and The New Formalist,...

Dmitry Kuzmin

Dmitry Kuzmin (b.1968) graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University. In 1989 he founded the Vavilon Union of Young Poets, an organizational hub for Moscow’s experimental poetry scene....

Evgeny Shklovsky

Evgeny Shklovsky publishes stories regularly in the leading Russian literary journals including Novy Mir and Znamia. Acquarium, a collection of his stories, appeared in 2008. He is also a...

Alexei Ivanov

Alexei Ivanov was born in Perm, the Urals, in 1969. He studied journalism, and later the history of art, at Yekaterinburg State University. On his return to Perm he worked as a tour guide in a...

Viktor Ivaniv

Viktor Ivaniv (b. 1977, Novo Sibirsk) has a graduate degree in philology from Novy Sibirsk University, where he studied Russian avant-garde poetry. He was short-listed for the Debut Prize...

Danila Davydov

Danila Davydov (b. 1977) is a poet, critic, and editor. He was the first laureate of the Debut Prize (2000) for his collection of short fiction Experiences in Heartlessness. From 1999 to 2004 he...

Ekaterina Taratuta

Ekaterina Taratuta is a philosopher and the author of numerous works of fiction, including One Hundred and One Minutes (2007), The General Hygiene of Dr. Andreas (forthcoming), and Fishes and...

Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Sorokin was born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in...

Vladimir Makanin

Vladimir Makanin is among the best-known Russian writers of the last twenty years. Born in 1937 in the Urals, he was trained as a mathematician and later as a filmmaker. His first passion was...

Alexander Skidan

Poet, critic, and translator  was born in Leningrad. His poetry has been translated into English, Estonian, Finish, French, Hebrew, Italian and Swedish. His poetry collections include...

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in Moscow in 1938. Her stories and plays were blacklisted by the Soviets until perestroika. Since then, two of her novels have been shortlisted for the Russian...

Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya (b. 1943) is one of Russia’s leading prose writers and her have been translated into over twenty foreign languages. Born in Bashkorkostan (formerly Bashkiria, within the...

Maxim Kantor

The artist and writer Maxim Kantor was born in Moscow in 1957 and graduated from the Moscow Art Polytechnic in 1980. In 1983 he organized the independent group of painters that was later called...

Alexander Vvedensky

Alexander Vvedensky (1904-41) was the founder of OBERIU, Russia's last avant-garde group, with Daniil Kharms and Nikolai Zabolotsky. After OBERIU folded in 1930, Vvedensky wrote without the...

Nadezhda Gorlova

Nadezhda Gorlova was born in 1975 in Moscow, where she lives today. She works at Literaturnaya Gazeta, a well-known Moscow newspaper. She was awarded the 1995 Novyi Mir Prize for her story “A...

Regina Derieva

Regina Derieva has published twenty books of poetry, essays, and prose. Her most recent book of poems in English translation is Alien Matter: New and Selected Poems. Derieva's poetry has...

Andrei Gelasimov

Andrei Gelasimov was born in Irkutsk in 1965. He studied at the University for International Languages in Irkutsk, and attended directing classes at the Moscow Theater Institute. He has become a...

Alexei Bayer

Alexei Bayer was born in Moscow. In 1974 he immigrated to the United States, where he works as an economist and writer. His works of fiction have been published in various US literary journals,...

Olga Slavnikova

Olga Slavnikova's third novel, The Man Who Couldn't Die, which won her the Apollon Grigoriev Prize and was short-listed for both the Belkin Prize and the National Bestseller Prize, has...

Alexei Parshchikov

Alexei Parshchikov was born in 1954, not far from Vladivostok. He was raised in the Ukraine, and after secondary school entered the Kiev Academy of Agriculture. He spent two years as an...

Victor Pelevin

Born in Moscow, Victor Pelevin has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and Open City and was selected by The New Yorker as one of the "Best European Writers Under...

Maria Arbatova

Maria Ivanovna Arbatova was born in 1957. She studied in the Faculty of Philosophy in the Moscow State University, in the Dramatic Arts division of the Gorky Literary Institute, and underwent...

Peter Golub

Peter Golub is a Moscow-born poet and translator. He has published original work and translations in various journals, including ARC Poetry, Cimarron, and World Literature Today. In 2008 he...

Mikhail Shishkin

Mikhail Shishkin was born in Moscow in 1961. He won the 2000 Booker Prize for his Seizure of Ismael and the 2005 National Bestseller Prize and the 2006 National "Big Book" Prize for...

Tatyana Moseeva

Tatyana Moseeva was born in 1983 in Moscow. She is the author of Snowmen (2005), and her poems have been published in the literary magazines Vavilon and REZ, the newspaper Book Review, as well as...

Vera Kobets

Vera Kobets lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduating from St. Petersburg State University, she devoted a number of years to academic work and studies. She now she earns her living...

Eufrosinia Kersnovskaia

Eufrosinia Kersnovskaia descended from the Russian gentry and survived the Soviet gulag working as a logger and a miner. A complete version of her memoirs (including more than seven hundred...

Ilia Kitup

Born in 1964 in Russia, Ilia Kitup is a founding member of the Soviet comics fanzine, Kitup's Own Propeller Comics. Kitup also writes poetry and prose, paints, and plays ska music. He lives...

Daniil Kharms

Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) was one of the founders of OBERIU, often described as Russia'?s last avant-garde group. His books in English translation include Incidences, translated by Neil...

Yuri Rytkheu

Born in Uelen, a village in the Chukotka region of Siberia, Yuri Rytkheu has sailed the Bering Sea, worked on Arctic geological expeditions, and hunted whale in Arctic waters, in addition to...

Aleksandr Chudakov

Aleksandr Pavlovich Chudakov was born in 1938 to a family of teachers in the city of Shchuchensk in Soviet Northern Kazakhstan. In 1960 he graduated with a degree in philology from Moscow State...

Arn Tseytlin

Arn Tseytlin (Aaron Zeitlin), a poet, playwright, journalist and essayist in Hebrew and Yiddish, was born in 1898 or 1899 in White Russia. He was a member of a renowned literary family which...

Grigori Kruzhkov

Grigori Kruzhkov is a poet and translator born in 1945. He graduated from the physics department of Tomsk University and attended graduate school, specializing in the physics of high energies....

Marina Tsvetaeva

Marina Tsvetaeva is widely acknowledged by critics and by Russian readers as a leading Russian poet of the twentieth century. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to Tsvetaeva in 1926: "You, poet, do...

Larissa Miller

Born in 1940, Larissa Miller was educated at the Foreign Languages Institute in Moscow and later taught at Moscow University. A major lyrical poet, she is the author of ten books, including...

Alexander Pokrovsky

Alexander Pokrovsky, born in 1952, began writing to relieve the boredom of night watches in the navy. To date he has published four widely acclaimed books: Fire Away!, The Hippo, Fire Away! 2,...

Alexander Selin

Alexander Selin was born in 1960 in the little town of Volzhsk on the Volga. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics Engineering and worked as a physicist for eight years. During that...

Vyacheslav Pyetsukh

Vyacheslav Alekseevich Pyetsukh was born in Moscow in 1946, trained as a historian, and taught Russian and world history until his literary activities made school officials so nervous they fired...
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