Polina Barskova

Judged: Oct-Dec 2012

Polina Barskova

Polina Barskova

In her homeland of Russia, Polina 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 eight books as a teenager. She came to the United States at the age of twenty 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.Recently she published two books of poems in English translation–This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press, 2010) and Zoo in Winter (Melville House, 2011)


  • March 2016 Winners

    • First Place

      Echoes
      by Hugh Anderson
      Desert Moon Review

      Second Place

      In Limbo
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      California
      by Dale McLain
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      For When You Wake
      by Siva Ramanathan
      The Writer's Block

  • February 2016 Winners

    • Dove Cottage
      by J.J. Williamson
      PenShells

      Second Place

      Snowdrops Growing Wild Near the Barn
      by Lisa Megraw
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Zipline
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Spring Came Early
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Writer's Block