Sergey Stratanovsky was born in 1944 in Leningrad. He began to write poetry in 1968, and was part of Russia’s underground literary culture during the 1970s. His work gained a wider readership following the relaxation of censorship under Perestroika in the 1980s. Author of twelve poetry collections and widely translated, he was awarded the inaugural Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship in 2000. He lives and works in St Petersburg. Other translations of Stratanovsky were published as a book, Muddy River, by Carcanet in 2016.