PictureElena Dimov is a Russian language teacher and translator. Originally from Vladivostok, Russia, she holds a master’s degree in Oriental Studies from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Before coming to Charlottesville, she worked in the Department of Chinese Studies at the Institute of Contemporary Social Theories, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. For many years, Dr. Dimov developed Slavic collections at the UVA Library and taught Russian language and culture at the University of Virginia. She is currently an instructor of Russian at Speak Language Center in Charlottesville. Her research focuses on 21st-century Russian literature. Her translation of Gnedich by Maria Rybakova was published by Glagoslav Publications in 2015.

Ewa Setaro, a native of Poland, has specialized in Slavic cataloging at the University of Virginia Library for more than 30 years. Ewa studied Comparative Literature and Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Since 1980, she has worked at UVA library. Ewa has also taught Polish Language at UVA. Currently, Ewa is a Slavic bibliographer at UVA Library. She contributes bibliographic records searchable in our online library catalog Virgo.


Austin Smith is an American poet and novelist. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Virginia. Austin’s book of poetry, In the Silence of the Migrated Birds, was named one of the best books of poetry published in Wisconsin in 2008 by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee. The book’s title comes from a poem by Austin Smith’s father, the poet Daniel Smith. Austin Smith is the author of two collections, Flyover Country (2018) and Almanac (2013), both published by Princeton University Press. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. He is currently the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lives in Schaumburg, Illinois. Austin contributes to the selection and editing of modern poetry for this project.

Michael Marsh-Soloway holds an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in History and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate and plans to research the expansion of mathematical themes in Russian literature for his dissertation. In the summer of 2011, he studied in Ufa, Bashkortostan, on a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. He also studied in St. Petersburg at Herzen University in 2007 and at the Summer Workshop for Slavic and East European Languages at Indiana University in 2010. At UVa, he has taught Russian 101, 303, and LNGS 2240. He is currently an instructor of Russian at the University of Richmond. Michael contributes to the translation of contemporary Russian literature and web design.

IMG_2097Bud Woodward studied French and Russian at James Madison University. For more than ten years, he served as the Librarian of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the UVA. During his time at the UVA library, he initiated many projects in the field of Russian literature and culture. After his retirement in 2012, he continues to contribute to the editing of bibliographies in WorldCat.



Professor Yuri Urbanovich was born in Tblisi, the capital city of the Republic of Georgia. He received his M.A. in International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Relations in 1972, and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. In 1992, Dr. Urbanovich was invited by the University of Virginia’s Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction (CSMHI) to coordinate dialogues defusing the “velvet divorce” between Baltic States and the Soviet Union. Currently, Dr. Urbanovich is teaching three seminars, Post-Soviet Challenges: National Ethnicities, Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union,and America through Russian Eyes.


Kristina2Kristina Uvarova translated the excerpt from Ostromov by Dmitrii Bykov. She is a student at Bashkir State Pedagogical University in Ufa majoring in linguistics, with specialties in French and English. This past year, she worked on various student radio programs. She is interested in foreign languages, contemporary Russian literature, diplomacy, and East Asian history.




Margarita Dimova graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, majoring in Culture and Politics.  Margarita selected and translated the poems of Joseph Brodsky from Russian to English. Margarita contributes to the selection, translation and editing of modern prose and poetry for this website.


Alexander Borisenko is a photographer based in Vladivostok, Russia. His pictures are published by international media all over the world. We are grateful to him for kindly allowing us to use his work on this website.





Oleg Dimov contributes to the translations of the contemporary Russian literature and editing. 

We are grateful to publisher Natasha Sharymova  from New York for kindly allowing us to use her photo of Joseph Brodsky.

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