February 28, 2014
One of the most accomplished and daring of the younger Russian poets.
Please join us for this bilingual reading celebrating new poems and translations by poet Polina Barskova. She will read and we'll have an opportunity to ask her questions about her own writing and topics of interest in contemporary Russian poetry and literature. In her homeland of Russia, Barskova is considered a prodigy, one of the most accomplished and daring of the younger poets. Born in 1976 in Leningrad — now called St. Petersburg, as before — she began publishing poems in journals at age nine and released the first of her six books as a teenager. She came to the United States at the age of 20 to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, having already earned a graduate degree in classical literature at the state university in St. Petersburg. Barskova now lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Hampshire College. Her two books of poetry in translation were published recently: "This Lamentable City" (trans. by Ilya Kaminsky, Tupelo Press, 2010) and "Zoo in Winter" (Trans. by David Stromberg, Boris Draliuk, Melville House, 2011). Contact: Elizabeth Zizzi.