Igor Belov


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April-May 2011: Penn University and New York City
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Igor Belov was born in 1975 in St. Petersburg and currently lives in Kaliningrad. He is the author of two books of poetry: All That Jazz (Ves’ etot jazz, 2004) and Music Not For Fat People (Muzika ne dlya tolstykh, 2008). His original poems and translations of Polish, Ukranian and Belarussian poetry have been published in a number of literary journals, including Znamya, Noviy Mir, Oktyabr, Continent, Vozdukh and others. He describes his writing as “emotional urban lyric poetry,” saying, “Some critics claim that I have evolved from metaphorical surrealism to everyday grotesque, while others describe my work as expressive and stylish “jazz poetry.” I think both are right.” Belov is a member of the Russian Writers’ Union and Russian PEN Center. He is the recipient of the Eureka! award (2006), two awards from the International Voloshin Competition (2007, 2008), and scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of Russia (2003), the Swedish Institute (2007), and the Ministry of Culture of Poland (2009). His poetry has been translated into Swedish, German, Polish, Estonian, Ukrainian and Belorussian.