Konstantin Kulakov


Author's Bio

Konstantin Kulakov is a Russian-Moldovan-American poet, editor, and translator born in Zaoksky, former Soviet Union. He is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award judged by Brian Teare and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Kulakov’s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Spillway, phoebe, Harvard Journal of African American Policy, Tahoma Literary Review, Passengers Journal, Ghost Town, and Loch Raven Review, among others. His debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, was published by Dialogue Foundation Books in 2015 and lauded by Kirkus Reviews and The Christian Century. Select poems have been translated into Russian and Spanish, including a forthcoming translation into German.

The grandson of Soviet pastor and gulag survivor Mikhail P. Kulakov, spirituality and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics are an indispensable part of Konstantin’s work. In the summer of 2016, as Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church, he launched an eclectic panel on Art and Activism, featuring Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Amin Husain, Sarah Browning, Rev. Micah Bucey, Rev. Je Exodus Hooper, Elz Cuya Jones, Alfonse Borysewicz, Natasha Johnson, and Mariame Kaba. He also served as poet in the art collective, THE WATERISTS, performing multimedia collaborations with composer Toby Twining, painter Alfonse Borysewicz, dancer Darla Stanley, and tenor John Bellemer in houses of worship, art galleries, and schools. In 2018, a series of his Advent poems, Holy Radiators, was set to music by Twining and recorded with Bellemer at Pogo Studios in Nashville, TN. 

Publications & Prizes

Journals: ,
Ghost Town
Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy
Loch Raven Review
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Taos Journal of Poetry & Art
The Christian Century
Tidal Basin Review
Tule Review
Prizes won: 

Greg Grummer Poetry Award, Brian Teare (judge)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Franz Wright, Allen Ginsberg, David Jones, Amiri Baraka, Michael Dickman, Richard Wright, Sylvia Plath, Derek Walcott, Marcel Proust, TS Eliot, Anna Akhmatova, Ronald Johnson, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Dave Eggers, Adonis, Yves Bonnefoy, Rabindranath Tagore, Thomas Merton, John Keats, Robert Hass, Joseph Brodsky, Ira Sadoff, Rita Dove, Olga Sedakova, Willis Barnstone, Paul Celan, William Carlos Williams, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Gwendolyn Brooks, Pablo Neruda, James Baldwin, Natalie Diaz, Anya Silver, David Rosenberg

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Russian American
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, Mental Health
Fluent in: 
English, Russian
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Last update: Oct 31, 2022