I grew up in Odessa and Moscow, and came to the United States with my family as a teenager. (The first poem I wrote in English was about seeing the moon at JFK: how could the same moon appear in the Russian Federation and the US!) My PhD is in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and I also hold a BA in French / BS in Communications / minor in English summa cum laude with distinction. I have taught English at several private schools in the Philadelphia area, including Friends School Haverford.

My book A Life Replaced: Poems and Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman is now available here.


My poems have been recognized by the CALYX Journal's Lois Cranston Memorial Prize and the Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Project. Poems, translations, and essays are published in The Kenyon Review, Blue Lyra, Mad Hatters' Review, Jacket, and other journals. The poet and filmmaker Mohsen Emadi has translated my work into Persian and included it in The Persian Anthology of World Poetry.

I live in the Philadelphia area with my spouse, our nine-year-old son, and a small zoo of pets. You can reach me at olga@olgalivshin.com

Below are some of my favorite organizations where I had been a fellow, mentee, or resident. Please consider them on your journey!

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