Eugene Ostashevsky, born in Leningrad, in 1968, is a Russian-American poet who emigrated to the US with his family in 1979, grew up bilingual and studied comparative literature at Stanford University. In 2005 he published his first book of poems “Iterature“, followed by “The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza” (2008), and, in 2017, by “The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi,” a book about pirate-parrot relationships. “The Pirate” also came out in a German edition, translated by Uljana Wolf and Monika Rinck. As translator, Ostashevsky works primarily on the Russian avant-garde and experimental poetry tradition, especially Daniil Kharms, Alexander Vvedensky, and other authors of the OBERIU group (GERMAN+Italian: Daniil Charms, Aleksandr Vvedenskij). In 2014, he was guest of the DAAD artists’ program Berlin. Besides pursuing his own writing, Eugene Ostashevsky teaches literature at New York University and in 2016, he was the first Russian-American Siegfried-Unseld visiting professor at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Iterature. Ugly Duckling Press, New York 2005.
The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza. Ugly Duckling Press, New York 2008.
Auf tritt Morris Imposternak, verfolgt von Ironien. SuKuLTuR, Berlin 2010.
The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi. New York Review of Books, New York, 2017.
Der Pirat, der von Pi den Wert nicht kennt. Übersetzt von Uljana Wolf und Monika Rinck. KookBooks, Berlin, 2017
as editor and main translator:
Oberiu. An Anthology of Russian Absurdism. Northwestern UP Evanston, 2006.
Alexander Vvedensky. An Invitation for Me to Think. New York Review of Books, New York, 2013.
The Fire Horse: Children’s Poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam, and Daniil Kharms. New York Review of Books, New York, 2017.