Polina Barskova: The Siege of Leningrad and Its Poetries
Polina Barskova was born in Leningrad in 1976. She published her first book of poetry “Christmas” in 1991, and her eighth book of poetry “Master of the Garden” was published in Saint Petersburg in 2015. 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 arrived in 1998 and studied cultural history of Petrograd-Leningrad. Her scholarly publications include articles on Nabokov, Bakhtin brothers, early Soviet film, and, lately, on culture of the besieged Leningrad. Now 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)". New books of her poetry and prose are both in Russian and in English translation. At the end of 2015 Barskova received Andrey Bely Prize for her book of prose “Living Pictures”.