Hometown: Russia


Dates in Sitka: 2011-11

Alexandra Petrova was born in Russia, lived in Jerusalem, and currently resides in Rome. She is the author of three collections of Russian poetry; their English titles are Point of Detachment, Residence Permit, and Just the Trees. Her poems have appeared in the Russian magazines: Znamia, Zvezda, and Zerkalo; in English in Literary Revue, Modern Poetry in Translation, Drunken Boat, Guernica, and many more. She has also written a libretto for an Russian operetta titled (in English) “Dolly’s Shepherds, A Philosophical Play.”
Alexandra was short listed for the Andrej Belyj award in Moscow (2001, 2007) and she has received awards from the “Migrante” European Poetry meeting (2006), Belgrade’s Festival of Poetry Trceg TRG (2008), and the Torino Festival’s Sixth Annual National Mother Language Literary Competition (2011). She is currently at work on her first novel. She comes to Sitka through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Find out more about Alexandra through this interview about her work, translation, and immigration by Pittsburgh online magazine Sampsonia Way.