YEVGENIYA LAVUTProgram Bio
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Yevgeniya Lavut is a poet and a journalist. Born in Moscow, she is a graduate of the Moscow State University’s Department of Linguistics. She has worked as an English teacher and translator; and a print, internet, and radio journalist. Currently, she is a journalist at the Moscow Bureau of Radio Free Europe.
Lavut is a poet who, in her own words, tries "to transfer visual experience via a new poetic language." She has been published in four Russian poetry anthologies and is the author of two poetry collections: Verses about Gleb, Good Master, King David, Foma and Erema, Luther and Others, published in 1994, and Cupid and Others, in 2001. Her third book is soon to be issued by the Moscow-based publishing firm Novoe Izdatelsvto (New Press). Lavut has read her work in literary clubs, at poetry festivals, and during live broadcasts of the national radio station devoted to culture. She has worked on a poetry series of OGI publishing as an editorial board member, and in 2000-2001 she was a founder and coordinator of "ARTgruz," a festival of Russian and Georgian art held in Moscow and Tblisi. Her work was featured in The Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets (University of Iowa Press, 2005), and her poems have been translated into English, French and Italian.