Ilya Kukulin is a literary critic, poet, and a linguistic scholar. He was born in 1969, graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in psychology, and pursued an advanced degree in Language and Literature at Russian State University for the Humanities, writing a dissertation on the work of Danil Kharms. He is the editor of an on-line literary journal, TextOnly and the book series New Poetry (Novaya Poezia) from New Literary Observer (Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye) Press. He has worked as a school teacher and guest lecturer at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and contributed to the radio station "Echo of Moscow" and the Radio Russia program on literature, "Our Literary Museum."In 2002, Kukulin was awarded a grant from the Academy of Russian Contemporary Language Arts for young writers. Since 1997, he has been a frequent jury member for literary prizes around Russia.
Kukulin’s poems have been widely published in Russian magazines and literary journals, as well as in the collections Vavilon and Outskirts (Okrestnosti), and the anthology In Black and White (Chernym po Byelomu). They have been translated into Albanian, Georgian, and Italian. His prose has been published in the anthology Very Short Texts (Ochen Korotkiye Teksti), and his articles have appeared in the journals New Literary Observer, The Banner (Znamya), New World (Novii Mir), Russian Literature (Russkaya Literatura), and others. He frequently publishes articles about Russian poets of the 20th Century including Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak, and about Russian memoir-writing.