Tatjana Ščerbina

Moskva, Russian Federation, 1954

Tatjana Ščerbina

Tatiana Shcherbina was born in Moscow in 1954. She is a graduate of the Moscow State University. Five collections of her poetry, as well as her novel, were published in samizdat. In 1989 she represented alternative (“other”) literature at the Poetry International of Rotterdam, where she met Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott. Brodsky encouraged Walcott to translate Shcherbina’s poem “O predelah” (“About Limits”). In 1989, Shcherbina’s poems began appearing in official Soviet press. In 1991, she began working for Radio Liberty in Munich, and from 1992 to 1997 lived in Paris, still working for the Radio. Shcherbina writes poems in French and Russian and has translated a number of French poets into the Russian language. Her own poetry has been widely translated. She had returned to Russia in 1997 and now lives in Moscow, working as deputy editor of Vestnik Evropy since 2001.