Maria Stepanova lives and works in Moscow. She is a poet, essayist and journalist. She is the founder of the online journal OpenSpace.ru, reconfigured in 2012 as Colta.ru, where she is editor-in-chief. The journal exists solely on public donations and writes about cultural, social and political questions of contemporary Russia. Stepanova’s literary work has received numerous awards; her book Physiology and Small History won the prestigious Andrei Bely Prize in 2005. The first extensive selection of her poems in English translation appeared in the anthology Relocations (2013).
Generously supported by Open Society Foundations.