Dzvinia Orlowsky

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Dzvinia Orlowsky
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Dzvinia Orlowsky
Occupation Poet, Translator, Editor, Professor
Nationality American
Literary movement
Notable awards
  • 2007 Pushcart Prize
  • 1999 Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant
  • 1998 Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Grant

Dzvinia Orlowsky is a Ukrainian American poet, translator, editor, and professor. She is author of five poetry collections including Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones (Carnegie Mellon University Press,[1] 2009) and her most recent, Silvertone (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013) . She is co-winner of the Sheila Motton Book Award. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted in 2009 as a Carnegie Mellon University Classic Contemporary.

Dzvinia Orlowsky was born in Cambridge, Ohio to Miroslaus and Tamara Orlowsky. She and her sister, Maria, spent most of their early childhood in Byesville, a village in Guernsey County along Wills Creek before moving to Brunswick, Ohio. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jay and their children: son, Max and daughter, Raisa.

Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poetry and translations of Ukrainian poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies including The Working Poet: 75 Writing Exercises and a Poetry Anthology (Autumn House Press, 2009); Never Before, Poems about First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005); Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology (University of Illinois Press, 2004); Dorothy Parker’s Elbow (Warner Books, 2002); A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry (Lviv, 2000). A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology (Rutgers University Press, 1999); and From Three Worlds: New Writing from the Ukraine (Zephyr Press, 1996). Her translation from the Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko's novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water Press in 2006.

A founding editor of New York-based Four Way Books,[2] she is also contributing editor to Agni[3] and Shade. She has taught poetry at the Mt. Holyoke Writers' Conference; The Boston Center for Adult Education; Emerson College; Gemini Ink; Keene State College Summer Writers Conference;[4] Stonecoast Summer Writers’ Conference; Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing; Writers in Paradise; the 2005 Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference at Pine Manor College; and as 2012-2013 Visiting Guest Poet and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Providence College. Dzvinia Orlowsky currently serves as core faculty of poetry at The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College.[5]

Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Agni, Columbia, Field, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares[6] and The American Poetry Review. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize (2007); A Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant in (1999); a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Grant in (1998); She has also been a finalist in the Grolier Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize at Ohio State University, and the New Literary Awards Prize.

Published works[edit]

  • Silvertone (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013)
  • A Handful of Bees (Carnegie Mellon University Press Classic Contemporary, 2009)
  • Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009)
  • The Enchanted Desna by Alexander Dovzhenko translated from Ukrainian (House Between Water, 2006)
  • Except for One Obscene Brushstroke (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004)
  • Edge of House (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1999)
  • A Handful of Bees (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1994)

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