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)


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