Leo Yankevich

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Leo Yankevich
Born (1961-10-30) October 30, 1961 (age 52)
Sharon, Pennsylvania
Occupation Poet, editor
Nationality United States
Literary movement New Formalism


Leo Yankevich (born 30 October 1961) is an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist.

Born into a Roman Catholic family of Irish and Polish descent, he grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He then studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he travelled to Poland on a fellowship from the Kosciuszko Foundation to attend Kraków's Jagiellonian University. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, he decided to settle permanently in Poland. Since that time he has lived in Gliwice, an industrial city in Upper Silesia.[1] Yankevich is married and has three sons.

Writing activities[edit]

Yankevich writes poems in both traditional metre and in syllabics, and only occasionally in free verse. He is a prolific translator, having rendered into English poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Georg Trakl, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stanisław Grochowiak, Czesław Miłosz, Alexander Blok, Leopold Staff, Nikolay Gumilev, Boleslaw Lesmian, and many others. He has a large Internet presence with work published in scores of online publications, ranging from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[2] to Poets Against War.[3]


Nothing remains after philosophy but physical reality, be it dew on a lovely girl's maidenhood, or twisted wreckage after a tank battle.'[4]

Published works[edit]




  1. ^ See "Tales I have Been Hanged By" at The Chimaera
  2. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07356/843590-35.stm Onion Snow
  3. ^ http://poetsagainstthewar.org/displaypoem.asp?AuthorID=51803#453107057 Poets Against The War Poem of the Month
  4. ^ quoted in An Interview with Leo Yankevich, Formalist Poetry News, October 2007

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