Polina Barskova was born in Leningrad. She published her first book of poetry Christmas in 1991. At the moment her tenth book of poetry, a collected volume, A Sunny Morning in the Square, is out in Petersburg. Barskova received her BA from St. Petersburg State University in Classics for diploma on Catullus, and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley where she arrived in 1998 and studied cultural history of Petrograd-Leningrad 1921-1943. Her scholarly publications include articles on Nabokov, Bakhtin brothers, early Soviet film, and, lately, on culture of the besieged Leningrad. Barskova put together a bilingual anthology Written in the Dark: 5 poets during the Siege of Leningrad. Now Polina lives in Amherst, MA with her daughter Frosia where
she is teaching Russian literature at the Five Colleges. At the end of 2015, Barskova received the Andrey Bely Prize for her book of prose Living Pictures.