Alexander Kushner is one of the finest St. Petersburg poets, born in the city, known then as Leningrad, in 1936. From 1966, he published about fifteen collections of his poetry and two books of his essays. Josef Brodsky called Kushner “one of the best lyrical poets of the twentieth century.” Two collections of Kushner's poetry have been translated in English and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Vladimir Golstein is the Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and the Chair of the Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University. He is the author and co-author of books on Mikhail Lermontov, Feodor Dostoevsky and Svetlana Aleksievich, as well as numerous articles that cover all aspects of Russian fiction, poetry, and film.
Jill Pearlman is a poet and a journalist. Her poetry appears in Salamander, Barrow Street, Via Negativa, and elsewhere. With Vladimir Golstein, she translated and published several poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (The Other Shore, Vol. 2, 2011) and Sophia Parnok (Inventory, #3, 2012). Her webiste is jillpearlman.com.