Larissa Shmailo is the editor- in-chief of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry (featured on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet, Voice of Russia, and Russia Beyond the Headlines ), poetry editor for MadHat Annual, and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses.
She translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art landmark reconstruction of the multimedia avant-garde opera and has been a translator on the Bible in Russia for the Eugene A. Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship of the American Bible Society.
has studied poetry and translation with Annie Finch, Bob Holman, and Pierre Joris.
has published critical work on Elaine Equi and Philip Nikolayev.
also received the New Century Music awards for best spoken word with rock, jazz, and electronica in 2009, as well as the best album award for Exorcism.
received Critic's Pick notices from Time Out Magazine
reading series Sliding Scale Poetry and Critic's Pick, The New York Press
, for "Deconstructing Education," The New School
She was a Radio Highlight, New York Times, for "Madwoman," Teachers and Writers Collaborative Radio in 1996.
also translated the Bibliography of the Translations of the Bible in the Languages of the Russian Federation, Commonwealth of Independent States, and Baltic States, by Dr. Boris Arapovic for the Nida Institute
on Biblical Scholarship's History of Bible Translation series (of the American Bible Society; publication pending.
has read at the Knitting Factory
, Barnard College
, the New School
, New York University
, the Langston Hughes residence, the Bowery Poetry Club
, and for American Express/Share Our Strength.
work has been heard on PennSound Radio, New York Board of Education radio
, Teachers and Writers Collaborative radio, Columbia University radio, WBAI, Indiefeed Performance Poetry, and many other broadcasts.
She is founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses poetry group, curator of the Sliding Scale Poetry Reading Series, and a member of the Unbearables and Otherstream literary groups.
has organized and performed in poetry benefits on behalf of human services and literacy organizations, including The Bread
and Life Soup Kitchen, Girls Write Now, and the New York City Poetry Calendar.
She is the former director of TWiN East Coast, an international Internet network of poets.
She has been a curator of the Spirit of Howl!
Festival, a spokesperson for NEA funding, and a member of the advisory Board of the NYC Poetry Calendar
is constitutionally predetermined to sing out in her
The notes stick in your head.
hails from all over the place and brings a unique poetic worldview, her
eyes filled with life and love, pain and death, freedom and coercion, the real of the mind and the imagined of the heart. . .When it comes to capturing the intimacy of pain, Larissa Shmailo
is among the most daring poets of her
When speaking of human rights, she
is a human flame.
is subtle and provocative, fresh and out of bounds.
You will fall in love her
, and you will be loved right back.
I see [Shmailo's] work as a continuum in a long tradition of radical writing practices from Futurism, to Dada, to Oulipo, to Pussy Riot.
has managed to split language into its common & least common denominators/principles: sound, meaning, symbol, feeling (text/ure) as well as providing us with a range of voices from child to adult & male to female within a range of styles & mannerisms from the ultra-experimental to quirky ? innocent rhymes like her
sexy riff on the 12 days of Christmas in her
classic The Other Woman's Cunt.
knowledge of the WORD & how to use it extends from darkly humorous to warm, lyrical, tender & painful . . .