Inna Lisnianskaya was born in Baku in 1928. Her first publication was in 1948, and her first collection of poetry appeared in 1957. In 1960 Lisnianskaya moved to Moscow. She published several more books. After her participation in the Metropol almanac in 1979, her books were published only abroad (France and USA). In recent years several more collections have appeared. Lisnianskaya's work is regularly published in all the leading Russian literary periodicals. She was married to the late Semyon Lipkin, a celebrated poet, and their relationship is the subject of her recent poetry collections in Russian "V prigorode Sodoma" (In the Suburbs of Sodom, 2002) and "Bez tebya" (Without you, 2004). Her bilingual collection "Far from Sodom" was translated by Daniel Weissbort and published by Ark (UK) in 2005. She is now recognised in her native land as one of its foremost writers, and worthy recipient of the State Prize, the Solzhenitsyn Prize and the Russia Nation Prize "Poet" (2009). She lives in Moscow.

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