Iryna Shuvalova (UA)
Iryna Shuvalova is a Ukrainian poet, translator and scholar. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1986, she started writing from an early age and later developed a scholarly interest in literature. She published three collections of poems in Ukrainian: 'Ran' (2011), 'Os' (2014) and 'Az' (2014), and undertook a number of writing residencies in different parts of Europe: among them, the Hawthornden Fellowship of 2015. She went on to win a number of writing and translation awards, including the Joseph Brodsky / Stephen Spender Prize in 2012. Her most recent book-length translation into Ukrainian was Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi' (2016), and at the moment she is translating 'Walk Through Walls', the memoir of Marina Abramović. Her translations of poetry and short prose from Russian and Ukrainian into English appeared in 'Modern Poetry in Translation' and 'Words without Borders', while Iryna's own poetry has been translated into nine languages. Recently, she was featured in the CBC Arts documentary project "Interrupt This Program: Kiev".