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)


  • December 2015 Winners

    • First Place

      Sailor and Young Wife
      by Judy Kaber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Memory
      by Lisa Megraw
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      November’s Window
      by Brenda Levy Tate
      PenShells

      Honorable Mention

      to return we must all go into the wind
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Writer's Block

  • November 2015 Winners

    • First Place

      Woman With a Hat (1905)
      by Laurie Byro
      Desert Moon Review

      Second Place

      to the poem with glue on its feet and a patch over its eye
      by Brenda Morisse
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Urban Crows
      by Ieuan ap Hywel
      The Writer's Block

      Honorable Mention

      In Your Absence
      by Jim Zola
      The Waters