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Serhiy Zhadan
(born 1974)


at Yara's kolo nas series in 2004, at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2005 and in Yara's theatre piece "1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs"

SERHIY ZHADAN is the most popular writer in Ukraine toaday. His work speaks to the disillusionment, difficulties and ironies of life today. His readings fill large auditoriums and he performs with rock groups. Zhadan was born in Luhansk Region, today the scene of the crisis in Ukraine, and lives in Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine.

Zhadan is the author of the poetry collections: Quotations (1995) General Judas (1995), Pepsi (1998), Ballads about War and Reconstruction (2001), History of Culture at the Turn of This Century (2003), UkSSR (2004), Maradona (2007), Ethiopia (2009), Fire Arms and Knives (2012) Life of Maria (2015) and Templars (2016). His prose works include the collecitons: Big Mac (2003), Anarchy in the UKR (2005), Hymn of the Democratic Youth (2007), and the award-winning novels Depech Mode (2004),Voroshilograd (2010) and Mesopotamia (2014),. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian.

Since 2007 he has been the front man for Zhadan and the Dogs, a post-proletarian punk band based in Kharkiv that has released four CDs: The Army Sports Club (2008), Weapon of the Proletariat (2012), Fight for Her (2014) and Dogs (2016).

Zhadan also works with various multimedia projects and has collaborated with Yara Arts Group from La MaMa Experimental Theatre on 1917-2017: Tychyna Zhadan and the Dogs, Hitting Bedrock, Underground Dreams and 12 Dishes.

Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Translation Fellowship to translate his work and their translations have appeared in American literary journals, websites and are included in the anthology “New European Poets” published by Graywolf Press.