Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator who was born in Minsk, Belarus. She is the author of three poetry collections, Music for the Dead and Resurrected (FSG, 2020), named one of the best poetry books of 2020 by the New York Times, and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2022 UNT Rilke Prize; Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press 2011); and Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press 2008). With Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris, Mort coedited Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (Tupelo Press, 2014). She co-translated, with Hanif Abdurraqib, Motherfield: Poetry and Belarusian Protest Diary (Deep Vellum Press, 2022) by Julia Cimafiejeva, which was long-listed for the PEN Translation Prize. Mort translated Polina Barskova’s book of selected poems, Air Raid (Ugly Duckling 2021), for which Mort received the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation and the National Endowment for the Arts grant in translation.

Mort is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Lannan Foundation, and the Amy Clampitt Foundation. Her work has also been honored with the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize.

Mort teaches at Cornell University and writes in English and Belarusian. She translates between English, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish.