Natalka Bilotserkivets

Ukraine

Natalka Bilotserkivets (born November 8, 1954) is a Ukrainian poet and translator. 

In 1976 she graduated from the Kyiv University Department of philology. Worked in Maksym Rylsri Museum, as Molodist Publishing House poetry department editor, and more than 20 years in  the “Ukrainian Culture” (“Українська культура”) magazine. Natalka is the author of 7 poetic collections and a book of literary critical essays. The collections Allergy (Алергія) (1999) and Central Hotel (Готель Централь) (2004) were the winners of Book of the Year contests in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps started translating Natalka Bilotserkivets's work in 1991 when Yara Arts Group performed a bilingual version of her poem “May” for the event "Fiver Years After," a commemoration of the Chornobyl nuclear accident, presented at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York. The following winter Virlana used Bilotserkivets's “May” as the core text in Yara's theatre piece "Explosions" presented at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York. Tkacz and Phipps were awarded the Poetry Translation Prize by Agni Journal for their translation.

Natalka Bilotserkivets’s poems are translated into many languages, particularly into English and German and at the end of 2009 “Rose and knife” /”Троянда і ніж” appeared in Polish translation in “Phrase“/”Фраза” publishing house. Natalka is a participant of numerous literary festivals and a winner of “Mayakovskyy” (Georgia) and “Vilinitsa Kristal”/ “Кристал Віленіци” (Slovenia) prizes.

The book-length selections of her poetry were published in Poland, translated by Bohdan Zadura (Róża i nóż, 2009), and in the U.K., translated by James Brasfield et al. (Subterranean Fire, 2021).