Nina Kossman was born in Moscow. She has written poetry and prose in English and in Russian for many years. In the last few years she has been writing plays also. In 1995 she received a UNESCO/PEN short story award, and in 1999 she received an NEA fellowship.
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths Ed. by Nina Kossman. Oxford University Press, New York, 2001.
Poem of the End: Selected Lyrical and Narrative Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva Tr. by Nina Kossman with Andrew Newcomb. Ardis Publishers, Dana Pt., CA, 1998.
Po Pravuyu Ruku Sna [To the Right of a Dream]. Poems in Russian and English Poberezh'e (The Coast), Russian-American Publishing, 1996.
Behind the Border, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard/William Morrow, New York, 1994 (hardcover); BeechTree/William Morrow (paperback), 1996; Asunaro Shobo, Tokyo,1994 (in Japanese).
Pereboi, Poems in Russian and English Khudozhestvennaya Literatura, Moscow, 1990.
In the Inmost Hour of the Soul, Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva. Tr. by Nina Kossman, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 1989. Selections from this book were included in Claire Bloom's program, Silenced Women Poets of Russia, performed at Brown University, Sanders Theater (Cambridge), Symphony Space in New York, George Mason University, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Translations and Poems in Anthologies:
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 2001.
Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1998.
World Poetry W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1998.
In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Contemporary Russian Poetry Zephyr Press, Sommerville, MA, 1999.
The Gospels in Our Image: An Anthology Harcourt Brace, New York/San Diego, 1995.
Twentieth Century Russian Poetry Doubleday, 1993.
Poems and Translations in Magazines:
Artful Dodger, The American Voice, Columbia, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner , Black River Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Show & Tell, The Connecticut Poetry Review, Quarterly West , Takahe (New Zealand), Alea, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poet Lore, The Antigonish Review, International Poetry Review, Lips, International Women Poets, Orbis, The New Renaissance, The Literary Review, Russian Literary Triquarterly, Prism International , The Raddle Moon, City Lights Review, Two Lines.
Short Fiction in Magazines:
in Tin House, Confrontation, Art Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, Columbia, Prism International (Canada), Threepenny Review, Horizon (Belgium),Wind Magazine, eight short stories in Cricket, PEN International, Mundus Artium, Sepia (England), Nuestra voz (Antologia del Comite de Escritoras del PEN Club Internacional)(Argentina). Kossman's short fiction was broadcast twice by the BBC World Service Short Story Program.
Poetry in Russian (as Nina Kosman):
in Poberezh'e (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997), Novyi Zhurnal (1985, 1991, 1993), Vstrechi (1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996), Klub Poetov (1994, 1996), Vestnik (1991), Novoye Russkoye Slovo.
One-act plays (From Russia with Gum, The Road to City Hall, Miracles) were performed by The Theatre Studio. Foreign Gifts was performed by The Ventura Court Theatre, Studio City, CA (March 1998); Miracles was produced by Theatre One, NYC, and published in Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2000. A Shortcut to Paradise won a George R. Kernodle New Play Competition prize (2002).
UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, London, 1995.
NEA 1993 and 2002 Fellowship Panelist (Literary Translation)
Foundation for Hellenic Culture grant (Oxford University Press), 1998
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation grant (Oxford University Press), 1998
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1999
Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, 2000
Reviews and Writeups:
Newsday, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Hornbook,American Poetry Review, World Literature Today, Choice, School Library Journal, Detroit Jewish News, Durham Herald, Washington Sun, Translation Review. In the Russian press: Novyi Zhurnal, Poberezh'e, Novoye Russkoye Slovo. In the Greek press: Proini and To Rima. In Slovenian: Delo. Featured on WBAI, WEVD, WNYE, Channel 69/Manhattan Cable TV. Dictionary of Russian Women Writers. Dictionary of Poets of the Russian Diaspora. Something about the Author. Who's Who in the World.
Readings and Talks:
At PEN American Center, at Poets House, and over 30 programs at libraries, bookstores and community centers.