Genya Turovskaya

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Genya Turovskaya is a Ukrainian American poet, translator and psychotherapist born in Kyiv, Ukraine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Genya Turovskaya was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and grew up in the Bronx.[1] She studied comparative literature at Bard College, and psychology at NYU. She received her MFA in comparative literature from Bard College in 2005.[citation needed]


Turovskaya authored the chapbooks, Calendar in 2002, The Tides in 2007, and New Year's Day in 2011.[2]

She worked[when?] as an associate editor of the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse.[3] where she co-translated two books of poetry: Red Shifting by Aleksandr Skidan published in 2008 and The Russian Version by Elena Fanailova in 2010, both published by Ugly Duckling Presse. The latter won the University of Rochester's Three Percent Solution award for Best Translated Book of Poetry in 2010.[citation needed]

In 2019, Turovskaya's collection of poems The Breathing Body Of This Thought was published by Black Square Editions.[4][5] and she won the Whiting Award for Poetry in March 2020.[6]

Her original poetry and translations from Russian have appeared in Chicago Review, Conjunctions, A Public Space, 6x6, Aufgabe, Poets and Poems, Octopus, jubilat, Tantalum, Gulf Coast, Jacket, Saltgrass, Shifter, Supermachine,[7][8] and other publications.[9]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Turovskaya lives in Brooklyn, New York.[3]


  • The Breathing Body of This Thought (Black Square Editions 2019)
  • Calendar, 2002 (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  • The Tides, 2007 (Octopus Books)
  • New Year’s Day, 2011 (Octopus Books)
  • Dear Jenny (Supermachine)


  1. ^ a b "Genya Turovskaya, The World Is Not The World". Aug 6, 2015. Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Octopus Books". Archived from the original on Sep 28, 2007. Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Ugly Duckling Presse - GENYA TUROVSKAYA". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Genya Turovskaya's The Breathing Body of This Thought — Music & Literature". Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Breathing Body of This Thought by Genya Turovskaya". blacksquareeditions. Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "Genya Turovskaya". Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "PEN American Center". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  9. ^ Shirley Harshenin. "Genya Turovskaya 'Back From the USSR' Feature - Mad Hatters' Review". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Genya Turovskaya". Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.