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Irina Mashinski

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Irina Mashinski is a Russian-American poet and essayist, the author of thirteen books. She is co-editor, with Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk, of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry  (Penguin Classics, 2015). Her work has been translated into several languages and appeared in Poetry International, Plume, The World Literature Today, Modern Poetry in Translation, and elsewhere. Her first book in English is The Naked World: A Tale with Verse (MadHat Press,2022) and Giornata (Červená Barva Press, 2022).

Latest Releases

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Červená Barva  Press, 2022


Book Trailer

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The Naked World
MadHad Press, 2022



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Book of Reflections
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Кабинетный ученый, 2021

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Lev Ozerov. Portraits Without Frames (tr.) 

NYRB, 2019 

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Latest anthologies 

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Doughters and Mothers [Dochki-materi]. Vremya, 2021

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Poets in New York

[Poety v New Yorke]. Ed. by Y. Klots. NLO, 2016

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101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium. Ashland Poetry Press, 2021


Russia is Burning. Poems of the Great Patriotic War. Ed. by M. Bloshteyn. Smokestack Books, 2020


When We Were Spies [Kogda my byli shpionami]. Armchair scientist, 2020

Reviews of The Naked World

This is a soul-making book, one that doesn't rest easy on the conventional narrative of one refugee's escape, but probes deeper into the music our days make, sometimes against our will. Brava!

           llya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic

By finding enduring, literary expression that recounts the details of her remarkable journey, along with the vital legacy of an otherwise lost people, Mashinski redefines American citizenship from a fresh perspective in which she tells an essential human story first before documenting her hard-won, exemplary “destiny.” 

     Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont (2015-19)

"Irina Mashinski knows that a witness is the opposite of an onlooker.  The Naked World is a gift and a necessity in our culture of screens and disembodied violence.  

             D. Nurkse, author of Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult 

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