AUTHORS

INTERNATIONAL WRITERS' VOICES

Raman Abramchuk

Raman Abramchuk was born in Minsk in 1981. He graduated from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. As a Belarusian-speaking writer Raman has been publishing his essays, poems, and travel notes in the main Belarusian media outlets. In 2021-2022, some of his literary works were selected for translation and publishing in anthologies dedicated to the protests and repressions in Belarus. Since 2021, Raman lives in Warsaw.

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Valancina Aksak

Valancina Aksak was born in the village of Smaličy, the Niaśviž Rajon [District]. Lives in Minsk. She has a diploma in history, an experienced journalist. She has published the books of poetry: „Cemetery“, „Chapel“, „Ancient Rain“, „Wine From California“, „Ružoŭnica“, „Wild Plum“, „Wrapped Paradise“, „Coffee In The Eagle’s Nest“, „Third Eden“. Her poems have been published in translations into Swedish, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, French, Ukrainian, and English.

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Kaciaryna Andrejeva

Kaciaryna Andrejeva (Bachváłava) is a Belarusan journalist; in 2020, she was recognized a political prisoner. Kaciaryna was born in Minsk in 1993 in the family of journalists, historians, and philologists.
As a journalist, she started her work in 2014. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as a journalist of the Belarusan service of Radio Liberty, since 2017 — as a correspondent of the Belarusan-language independent television channel “Belsat”. Her materials were published in Ukrainian, Russian, and other foreign mass media.

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Arciom Arašonak

Arciom Arašonak is a Belarusian writer, translator. Born in 1981 in Viciebsk. Graduated from Viciebsk State University named after P. M. Masherov; specializes in the German and English languages. Studied under the Belarusian translator Uḷadzimir Papkovič. Author of the books „Senryū“ and „Days Without You“.

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Nataliya Belchenko

Nataliya Belchenko was born in 1973 in Kyiv. Ukrainian poetess, translator (Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian and Russian). Worked in the Institute of Linguistics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine named after O. O. Potebnia. Graduated with honors from the Department of Philology of the Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko. Has scientific publications on mythopoetics. Member of the Ukrainian PEN.

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Nadiya Havryliuk

Nadiya Havryliuk is a poet, theorist of literature, candidate of philological sciences, senior researcher of the Institute of Literature named after T. H. Shevchenko of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, laureate of the Oleksandr Biletskyi Prize in Literary Criticism (2020) and the Volodymyr Svidzinskyi Literary Prize (2020) for her book of poetry „X-ray In Timelessness“. Author of 9 poetry collections and 3 scientific monographs. Lives and works in Kyiv.

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Anatol Khinevich

Antol Khinevich was born in Barysau in 1993. In Barysau, he is known as a bard and performer of his own songs.
On December 24th 2020, Anatol Khinevich was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for resisting national guard servicemen during the peaceful protest in Minsk in September 2020 — as though he “landed blows lying” to the OMON soldiers. Anatol is serving time in a penal colony, writes poetry in prison.

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toni lashden

toni lashden is a Minsk-based writer, journalist, and fem activist. Organizer of fem writing meetings in Tbilisi and curator of the fem writing laboratory “Strain” for Belarusian women who have experienced protest and emigrant traumas.

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Svetlana Lavochkina

Svetlana Lavochkina is a novelist, poet, and translator. She was born in Zaporizzhia and educated in Horlivka, the Donetsk District. Lavochkina immigrated to Germany in 1999 and now lives in Leipzig with her family. Her works have been widely published in the US, Europe, and Australia. Her novella, “Dam Duchess”, was chosen as a runner-up in the Paris Literary Prize. Her debut novel, “Zap”, was shortlisted for Tibor and Jones Pageturner Prize, London.
Read here from her verse novel, “Carbon” (Lost Horse Press, 2020)

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Barys Piatrovič

Barys Piatrovič is a Belarusan writer, novelist. He was born in 1959 in a small settlement near the town of Chojniki (the Homiel District) and started his career as a journalist at a Homiel-based newspaper.
Barys Piatrovič is a founder of the independent literary magazine “Dziejasłoŭ” that provides Belarusan democracy-oriented authors with a possibility to reach their audience under the conditions of the authoritarian regime in Belarus. In 2011, he was elected Chairperson of the Union of Belarusan Writers.

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Siaržuk Sys

Siaržuk Sys is a poet, publicist, human rights defender. Born in 1962 in Paleśsie (Polesia). Graduated from the Department of History and Philology of Homiel State University. Taught the Belarusian language and literature, worked as a journalist in various mass media. Published in national and foreign mass media. Member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. Member of the Union of Belarusian Writers since October 2010; member of the Belarusian PEN. Now – in exile.

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Hanna Yankuta

Hanna Yankuta is a Belarusian writer, translator, and theorist of literature. She is the author of the poetry project “Geology”/”Constitution” (2022), five children’s books including the series about the cat Šprot and the novel „Martha And Her Dream Of Snow“, and numerous articles and essays on literature and feminism.

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