Alexei Tsvetkov, a Russian-language émigré poet, translator, and essayist, was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, grew up in Zaporizhia, and briefly studied chemistry at Odessa University before going to Moscow State University to study history (1965–1968) and journalism (1971–1974).

He created the unofficial group of poets Moscow Time alongside Sergey Gandlevsky, Bakhyt Kenjeev, and Alexander Soprovsky.

He was imprisoned and deported from Moscow in 1975 and moved to the United States the following year. In 1976–77, he edited the emigrant journal Russkaya Zhizn in San Francisco.

He then went on to the University of Michigan’s graduate school, where he received his Ph.D. in 1983.

Tsvetkov worked as an international broadcaster for the Voice of America radio station after teaching Russian language and literature at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

He worked with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the same position from 1989 to 2007, initially in Munich and then in Prague.

Tsvetkov lived and worked as a freelance writer in New York City for many years. He moved to Bat Yam, Israel, in 2018 after making aliyah.

He quit composing poetry and switched to prose in the late 1980s. Tsvetkov’s unfinished novel Just a Voice, an autobiography of a fictional Roman soldier, displays his view of the Roman civilization as one of humanity’s pinnacles.

A. Skvortsov, A. Lehrman, G. Smith, A. Zorin, and poets Andrey Voznesensky, Sergey Gandlevsky, and Mikhail Aizenberg have all praised Alexei Tsvetkov as one of the best poets of his generation.

Alexei Tsvetkov cause of death

Alexei Tsvetkov died at the age of 75 on 12 May 2022. His cause of death is currently unknown.


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