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Kateryna Kalytko (f)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: Ukraine
KKA-Residency: 2018

Porträtfoto Kateryna Kalytko
Porträtfoto Kateryna Kalytko
©Olexandr Kalytko
Kateryna Kalytko (born 1982) is a writer and translator, considered one of the most powerful voices of the younger literary generation in Ukraine. She is the author of six poetry volumes. The one called Torture Chamber. Vineyard. Home has brought her the LitAccent of the Year Prize. Kateryna also published her two books of short prose, namely M(h)ysteria and The Land of All Those Lost, or Creepy Little Tales. Her writings have been translated into English, German, Polish, Armenian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Serbian, Italian, Bulgarian, Russian and Hebrew. Kateryna Kalytko is a winner of the BBC Book of the Year Contest and the Joseph Conrad Award holder in 2017 - for “the prose writing, which raises actual problems, makes you think and expands knowledge about other cultures”.

In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Vilenica Crystal Prize, and the judges’ comment was the following: “For writing that left the jury with the sense of a dynamic and innately beautiful poetic voice, and for poems that moved us through a series of imaginatively-charged questions relating to the spheres of historical consequence, human intimacy, and the negotiation of loss; as well as questions with metaphysical and even spiritual tones; and, perhaps above all, for poems whose compelling national character also transmits an unmistakable universal resonance, a humanity at once borderless and fearless”.

Fluently speaking Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian, Kateryna Kalytko is well-known as a translator of leading Balkan authors: Miljenko Jergovic, Ozren Kebo, Nenad Velickovic, Melina Kameric, Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Stevan Tontic, Mileta Prodanovic, Mihajlo Pantic and others. She was also honored with METAPHORA award for her translations of Miljenko Jergovic’s writings.

Kateryna constantly takes part of numerous literary events in Ukraine and abroad. She’s a member of the Ukrainian Writers’ Association since 2000. Also Kateryna is a co-founder of the Europe Island Literary Festival in her native city Vinnytsia.
Her new poetry book “Bunar” is coming this spring. She’s now working on her first novel.

2003-2005 - Master of Arts in Journalism, Kyiv Mohyla Academy
1999-2003 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Kyiv Mohyla Academy

Bunar. Lviv, The Old Lion’s Publishing House, 2018
The Land of all those Lost, or Creepy Little Tales (short stories). Lviv, The Old Lion’s Publishing House, 2017
Torture Сhamber. Vineyard. Home (poetry). Lviv, The Old Lion’s Publishing House, 2014.
Gold, myrrh and honey (poems collection trans. by Anton Paperny). Tel Aviv: Dash, 2014.
Season of Storms (poetry). Kyiv, Elektroknyga, 2013
M(h)ysteria (short stories). Kyiv, Fact, 2007.
In Dialogues with Odysseus (poetry). Kyiv, Pulsary, 2005.
Portraying the Asphalt (poetry) . Kyiv, Smoloskyp, 2004
Today’s Tomorrow (poetry). Kyiv, Ukrainian writer, 2002.
Manual on Creation of the World (poetry). Vinnytsia, Logos, 1999.

December 2017: BBC Book of the Year (for the book The Land of All Those Lost, or Creepy Little Tales)
November 2017: Joseph Conrad Award
November 2016: Special award of the Imbiero Vakarai (Ginger Evenings) short story festival (Lithuania)
September 2016: Vilenica Crystal Prize (Slovenia)
2015: Central European Initaitive Fellowship for Writers in Residence
2014: LitAccent of the Year Prize (for the book Torture Chamber. Vineyard. Home)
2014: METAPHORA Award for Translators
2013: i3 (Idea-Impulse-Innovation) Writer’s Grant
2005: Ukraine’s President Grant for talented youth
2004: Cultrevanche Literary Prize
2003: National Poetry Contest by the Smoloskyp Publishing House, awarded with book publishing
2001: Blagovist National Literature Prize
2000: Crystal Cherry, regional literary award of Podillya region
1999: Granoslov National Poetry Contest, awarded with book publishing
1999: Green Wine National Poetry Contest winner

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