Olena Huseinova (UKR)

Olena Huseinova (b 1979) is a Ukrainian poet, whose intensely autobiographical free verses explore memory, knowledge, anxiety, the boundaries of hope and reality, and irreversibility of experience. Huseinova’s poetry aims at freeing women’s writing from fighting patriarchal structures of language and does so by creating territories of one’s own where men’s laws do not apply – from a girl’s room to an entire city. Deeply grounded in jazz, Olena’s poems are both dynamic and slow, visual and tonal. Huseinova has published two awarded poetry collections. Currently she is, in addition to her writing, working also as radio host on Ukrainian radio station and as coordinator of cultural programs in a Ukrainian bookstore.