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Mykola Vorobiov

Born in central Ukraine in 1941, Mykola Vorobiov is a well-known poet, painter, and one of the founding members of the Kyiv School of Poetry nonconformist literary group. He made his poetry debut in 1962, but after his expulsion from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 1968 for being “ideologically unreliable,” he was no longer permitted to publish. His first poetry collection, Remind Me for the Road, came out only in 1985, after eighteen years of silence. Since then, more than ten volumes of poetry have appeared, including Wild Dog Rose Moon (1992), his first book in English translation. As a painter, Vorobiov has participated in a number of solo and group art shows, mostly in Kyiv. His artistic vision, like his poetry, relies on metaphor, conveying reality through deeply expressive imagery. A recipient of the prestigious 2005 Shevchenko National Prize in Literature, Vorobiov lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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