Translators: Clarence Brown is professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is author of a biography of Mandelstam and editor and translator of editions of the poet’s works. Bernard Meares is a translator who lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. W. S. Merwin is a poet and essayist who lives on Maui, Hawaii. His most recent book is Present Company. Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet and editor of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism, containing the 1930s writings of Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms and others of their circle. Bob Perelman is a poet and critic whose most recent book is Iflife. Charles Bernstein is a poet and essayist whose most recent book is Girly Man. Both teach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Editor: Kevin M. F. Platt teaches Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His scholarship focuses on Russian history and culture, with particular interest in poetry and poetics. He is the author of History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution and co-editor (with David Brandenberger) of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda.