Vasyl Makhno is a Ukrainian poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of seven collections of poetry: Skhyma (1993), Caesar’s Solitude (1994), The Book of Hills and Hours (1996), The Flipper of the Fish (2002), 38 Poems about New York and Some Other Things (2004), Cornelia Street Café: New and Selected Poems (2007), and most recently Thread and Selected New York Poems (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009). He has also published a book of essays The Gertrude Stein Memorial Cultural and Recreation Park (2006), and two plays Coney Island (2006) and Bitch/Beach Generation (2007). He has translated Zbigniew Herbert’s and Janusz Szuber’s poetry from Polish into Ukrainian, and edited an anthology of young Ukrainian poets from the 1990’s. Makhno’s poems, essays and plays have been translated into some one dozen languages. In recent years volumes of his selected poems were published in Poland, Romania and USA. In English, his poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Absinthe, Post Road, Poetry International, Interlitq (UK). He has been living in New York since 2000.
Orest Popovych, the translator, is Professor-Emeritus at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and the President of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, USA. He is the author or editor of 4 books in English and one in Ukrainian. A collection of 33 of his English translations of Vasyl Makhno's Ukrainian poetry has been published as part of their bilingual book titled "Thread and Selected New York Poems" (Spuyten Duyvil, New York, 2009), for which the translator was awarded by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies "The AAUS 2010 Prize for Best Translations from Ukrainian into English". His individual English translations of Vasyl Makhno's poems have appeared in "Agni," "International Poetry Review" 2010, and "Poetry International".