Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) was a poet, translator, and literary scholar, one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century Russian literature. Although many of her poems remained unpublished in her homeland until decades after her death, her work was admired throughout her lifetime in the USSR and abroad.
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards. She is the translator of Farewell, Aylis by Azerbaijani political prisoner Akram Aylisli (forthcoming 2018), as well as Blue Birds and Red Horses (forthcoming 2018) and Two Poems, both by Russian poet Inna Kabysh. Young was named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and currently serves as the inaugural poet laureate for Arlington, Virginia.