Shamshad Abdullaev

Poet and Translator

Shamshad Abdullaev was born November 1, 1957 in Fergana, Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Fergana Pedagogical Institute in 1979 with a degree in Russian literature. The founder of the “Fergana School” of Russophone poetry, he is the author of four books of poetry, including most recently Approach of Borderlands (2013) and two books of essays. In the early 1990s, he served as the editor of the literary journal Eastern Star. He was winner of the Andrey Bely Prize for poetry in 1993 and twice of the Russian Prize, in 2006 and 2013. He lives and works in Fergana.