Marina Kulakova


Program Bio
September 2006: UNC-Chapel Hill and New York
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Marina Kulakova is a poet, writer and journalist. Born in Nizhniy Novgorod, she is a graduate of the Nizhniy Novgorod State University’s Department of Linguistics; the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (Krymova’s workshop); and the Department of Literary Criticism of the Higher Literary Courses. She has worked as a teacher, an editor at several publishing houses and a TV and radio journalist. Currently, she works as a freelance journalist for the Nizhniy Novgorod News and the radio station Svoboda. Kulakova describes her stories as always relating to her personal experience and quite often to extreme trials she has gone through. Common themes are overcoming pain, getting the best of fear, and feeling joy and beauty. She describes her writing as having "the habit of turning to the light and shades of the invisible world."

Kulakova has been extensively published by leading Russian literary magazines and is the author of several books – Fantasies about Reality (Fantaziya na temu real'nosti, published in 1991, The River Named Master (Reka po imeni Master), in 1995, The State Reservation (Gosudarstvenniy zapovednik), in 1999, and Moderation (Sderzhannost') in 2006.

In the 1980s, Kulakova frequently had solo literary readings in various cities across Russia. She has participated in a meeting of European young writers in Croatia in 1996, European Literary Express in 2000 and the International PEN Congress in Moscow in 2000. Kulakova is a member of the Russian Writers Union. She has also been a jury and an expert council member for several literary contests, as well as an author and participant in a range of rock music projects. Her poems and prose have been translated into English.

  • Read an article from 2003 by Benjamin Sutcliffe discussing the semiotic and symbolic in Kulakova's poetry.