Lev Oborin


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September 2007: UNC-Chapel Hill and Washington DC
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Lev Oborin is a poet and translator. He was born in 1987 outside of Moscow, and moved to the city after finishing high school. Oborin’s poetry has been published extensively in Russia’s leading literary journals as well as in many on-line publications. In 2004, Oborin was short listed for the "Debut" Award, Russia’s top literary competition for young authors. Currently, he is a student of Philology at Russian State University for the Humanities, where he is writing a thesis on "The Secret Languages of Children in Russian Folklore and Literature."

Since 2006, he has been working on a web-based project dedicated to experimental poetry. His translations of American poetry and prose appeared in the Journal of Foreign Literature and will be featured in a forthcoming Anthology of American Female Poets (Inostranka, 2007-2008). He presents his work regularly at Moscow literary clubs and festivals and participates in organizing poetry readings and events. He also writes lyrics and plays guitar in a Moscow indie-rock band.