Department of Slavic Languages,
Georgetown University (US)

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University (US)

The Pushkin Club (UK)

The Scotland-Russia Forum (UK)

Russian American Cultural Center (US)


Marina Boroditskaya (Russia)
Robert Chandler (UK)
Peter Daniels (UK)
Boris Dralyuk (US)
Sibelan Forrester (US)
Peter France (UK)
Alyssa Gillespie (US)
Ellen Hinsey
J. Kates (US)
Grigory Kruzhkov (Russia)
Angela Livingstone (UK)
Irina Mashinski (US)
Grigory Starikovsky (US)
Alexander Veytsman (US)

Compass Award Director
Alexander Veytsman (US)
Bella Award

Compass Translation Award:
2016 – Bella Akhmadulina Competition

This year's Compass Award competition was dedicated to the poetry of BELLA AKHMADULINA (1937-2010).

Bella Akhatovna Akhmadulina was a Russian poet and translator who belonged to the Thaw generation of Russian poets that gained prominence during the 1950s, in the aftermath of Stalin’s death. She was famous for appearing at packed stadiums and auditoriums, together with other poets of her generation, Yevgeny Yevtushenko (her first husband), Andrei Voznesensky, and Robert Rozhdestvensky. These poetry recitals represented an act of freedom, a breath of fresh air for thousands of Akhmadulina’s contemporaries.

Among her well-known poetry collections were The String (1962), Music Lessons (1970), and Dreams of Georgia (1977). The main themes of Akhmadulina’s poetry are friendship and love, and her verse relies heavily on rhymed quatrains. While not known for political poetry, she was in fact an informal sympathizer of the dissident movement, having assisted in the creation of the scandalous Metropol Almanac in 1979 and voiced support for Andrei Sakharov.


First Place:
Paul Hopper (Washington, D.C.)
"The New Notebook"

Second Place:
Glen Worthey (Mountain View, CA)
"Behold the man"

Third Place:
Sasha Palmer (Baltimore, MD)
"To Boris Messerer"

Honorable Mention:
Peter Oram (Germany)
"Anna Akhmatova"

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Bella Akhmadulina
Bella Akhmadulina

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