Genya Turovskaya

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Genya Turovskaya is an American poet, born in Kyiv, Ukraine.[1] Her work has been published in many journals and literary reviews. She received various awards and fellowships, such as a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Montana Artist Refuge Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Translation Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, and a Fund for Poetry grant. She holds two MFA degrees, from Bard College in comparative literature, and from NYU in psychology.


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,[2][3] and other publications.[4] A collection of her original poems was published in 2019 by the Black Square Editions.[5]

Turovskaya lives in Brooklyn, New York where she was an associate editor of the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse.[6] She is the author of the chapbooks, Calendar (2002), The Tides (2007), and New Year's Day (2011).[7]

She is the co-translator of two books of poetry, Red Shifting by Aleksandr Skidan (2008) and The Russian Version by Elena Fanailova (2010), both published by Ugly Duckling Presse. The Russian Version won the University of Rochester's Three Percent Solution award for Best Translated Book of Poetry in 2010.

Turovskaya's collection of poems The Breathing Body Of This Thought was published by the Black Square Editions in 2019.[8][9] In March of 2020 The Breathing Body Of This Thought won the Whiting Award for Poetry 2020.[10]



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


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  2. ^ "PEN American Center". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
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  4. ^ Shirley Harshenin. "Genya Turovskaya 'Back From the USSR' Feature - Mad Hatters' Review". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
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  6. ^ "Ugly Duckling Presse - GENYA TUROVSKAYA". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  7. ^ Octopus Books Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
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