Polina Barskova was born in Leningrad in 1976, began writing poetry at the age of eight, and has spent many years attending studio (“kruzhok”) for writing for children, led by poet Viacheslav Leikin. She published her first book of poetry, Christmas, in 1991. Her tenth book of poetry, Anxiety in the Air, is forthcoming in print in Riga. Barskova received her BA from St. Petersburg State University in classics for diploma on Catullus, and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied the cultural history of Petrograd-Leningrad. Her scholarly publications include articles on Nabokov, the Bakhtin brothers, early Soviet film, and, most recently, on the culture of the besieged Leningrad. Barskova lives in Amherst, MA with her daughter Frosia, where she is teaching Russian literature at Hampshire College, working on a project entitled The Ruin Screams: Culture in the Besieged Leningrad (1941-44), and debuting new books of her poetry and prose both in Russian and in English translation. At the end of 2015, Barskova received the Andrey Bely Prize for her book of prose, Living Pictures.
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Friday, September 15 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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