Leo Yankevich

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Leo Yankevich
Born (1961-10-30) October 30, 1961 (age 55)
Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Poet, editor, translator
Nationality United States
Literary movement New Formalism

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

He grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he traveled 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 then he has lived in Gliwice, an industrial city in Upper Silesia.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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, Bolesław Leśmian, 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. ^ Profile, the-chimaera.com; accessed October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Onion Snow, post-gazette.com; accessed October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Poets Against The War Poem of the Month, poetsagainstthewar.org; accessed October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ quoted in An Interview with Leo Yankevich, Formalist Poetry News, October 2007

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