Irina Yevsa

Irina Yevsa is a poet and translator who lives in Kharkov, Ukraine. She is the author of eight poetry collections, and her poems have appeared in many Ukrainian and Russian literary journals, not to mention several anthologies. Besides contemporary Ukrainian, Polish, and Armenian poets, Yevsa has translated Sappho, Pythagoras, and Omar Khayyam into Russian. She co-edited the anthology Wild Field: Poems by Russian Poets in Ukraine at the End of the 20th Century (2000). Of her poems, Ukrainian poet and critic Slanislav Minakov writes, “Yevsa organically combines tradition with the achievements of contemporary verse; picturesqueness and sound exist in her work not to the detriment of depth. Indeed, her poems are not games, deception, or magic that become reality, but reality itself.”