Ilia Kitup is a poet, painter, graphic designer, comic illustrator, publisher and musician. He was born in 1964 in Wilna, Lithuania, and completed his study of Russian and English literature at the Moscow Lomonossow university in 1986. His pictorial and graphic work has been in presented in 27 solo exhibitions. Ilia Kitup has taken part in numerous readings and poetry slams, e.g. at the Humboldt university, in the Green and Red Salon of the Volksbühne, in the Literaturwerkstatt, the LCB, as well as in Moskow and St. Petersburg. He has been publisher of the Propeller Verlag since 1991, initially in Moskow and Amsterdam, and in Berlin, since 1997. The publishers catalog includes 17 of his own poetry collections, 40 books by other authors and 3 journals.