Lyuba Yakimchuk is a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, and journalist. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Like FASHION and Apricots of Donbas, and the film script for The Building of the Word. Yakimchuk's awards include the International Slavic Poetic Award and the international "Coronation of the Word" literary contest. Her writing has appeared in magazines in Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Poland, and Israel, and and has been translated into eleven languages. She performs in a musical and poetic duet with the Ukrainian double-bass player Mark Tokar; their projects include Apricots of Donbas and Women, Smoke, and Dangerous Things. Her poetry has been performed by Mariana Sadovska (Cologne) and improvised by vocalist Olesya Zdorovetska (Dublin). Yakimchuk also works as a cultural manager. In 2012 she organized the "Semenko Year" project dedicated to the Ukrainian futurists, and she curated the 2015 literary program Cultural Forum "Donkult" (2015). She was a scholar in the “Gaude Polonia” program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland). In 2015 Kiev’s New Time magazine listed Yakimchuk among the one hundred most influential people of culture in Ukraine. Author photo: Nata Kaval
Oksana Maksymchuk is a poet in the Ukrainian language; she has won the Bohdan-Ihor Antonych Prize (2005) and Smoloskyp Prize (2008), two of Ukraine’s most prestigious awards for young poets. In 2015 Max Rosochinsky was nominated by Ukraine’s PEN center for the PEN International New Voices Award. Translations by Maksymchuk and Rosochinsky have appeared in the Best European Fiction series (Dalkey Archive Press), Berlin Quarterly, and London Magazine. Most recently, Maksymchuk and Rosochinsky won first place in the 2014 Joseph Brodsky-Stephen Spender competition, one of the top awards for poetic translation from the Russian language. Maksymchuk is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arkansas; Rosochinsky is completing his dissertation on Marina Tsvetaeva's poetry at Northwestern University. They are currently working on Words at War: New Poems from Ukraine, an anthology of poetry about the war in Ukraine (Academic Studies Press).