Nina Kossman

Poet, Fiction Writer

Astoria, NY 11105

Author's Bio

Nina Kossman is a Moscow-born bilingual writer, poet, translator of Russian poetry, painter, and playwright. Among her published works are three books of poems in Russian and English, two volumes of translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s poems, two books of short stories, an anthology she put together for Oxford University Press, several plays, and a novel. Her work has been translated into French, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Persian, Danish, and Dutch. Her Russian poems and short stories have been published in major Russian literary magazines in and outside of Russia. Several of her plays have been produced off-off Broadway and in London, and her poems appeared in major anthologies, such as “Gospels in Our Image,” “Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths,” “101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium,” etc. She is a recipient of a UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, an NEA fellowship, and grants from Foundation for Hellenic Culture, the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, and Fundación Valparaíso. She lives in New York where she edits EastWest Literary Forum, a bilingual literary magazine.

Publications & Prizes



Gods and Mortals (Oxford University Press, 2001)
The Gospels in Our Image (Harcourt Brace, 1995)
Behind the Border (Morrow, 1994)
Prizes won: 

UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, London, 1995;
NEA 1993 and 2002 Fellowship Panelist (Literary Translation)
Foundation for Hellenic Culture grant(Oxford University Press), 1998
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation grant (Oxford University Press), 1998 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1999
Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, 2000
New Immigrant Writing (finalist, non-fiction category, 2021)

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Last update: Oct 10, 2021