Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya is a prose writer, poet, philologist, literary critic, translator, organiser of cultural events, visual artist, and a human right activist.

Tatiana was born in former Soviet Union in Simpheropol (Crimea) and studied physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1980-1987), then French literature and philosophy in College Universitaire Francaise (1999-2001), then philology in Moscow State Humanitarian University (2001-2003). She is a Candidate of of Philology (PhD equivalent, MSHU, 2003) on the study of the French group Oulipo. Her Ph.D. degree from UNSW (2011) is on Russian experimental poetry.

Tatiana is an author of twenty books in Russian, including books of prose, poetry and literary essays. She wrote a monography Introduction to the Literature of Formal Restrictions and Labyrinths of Combinatorial Literature (Bakhram-M, 2009, in Russian) and co-edited an anthology Freedom of Restriction (NLO, 2014, in Russian). She taught a course of combinatorial literature at the department of humanities of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (2006-2011) and wrote a textbook on Combinatorial literature (MIPT, 2008).

Her poetry and short stories in English appeared in literary journals and anthologyis: Can I tell you a secret?, Across the Russian Wor(l)d, Bridges Poetry, London Grip New Poetry, POEM, Red Room, Don Bank, Rochford Street Review, Not So Quiet, The Esthetic Apostle, Cagibi, Poetry International journal, Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Skywriters, Transitions, Four Centuries. Russian Poetry in Translation, Red Door Magazine, EastWest Literary Forum.

Tatiana translated texts by George Perec, Raymond Queneau and Flann O'Brien into Russian.

Since 2019, Tatiana is a member of Auburn poets and writers group and participated with the group in Sydney writers festivals readings (2020, 2021).

Together with Antipodes team, Tatiana had organised three festivals of Russian literature in Australia and a great number of literatury events for adulit and kids, in Russian and English. Tatiana edited anthologies of the festivals' materials and a number of booklets of the Antipodes readings.

Tatiana is an exhibiting visual artist participating in collective exhibitions in Russia, Europe, USA and Australia and personal exhibitions in Russia and Australia. Tatiana is interested in mathematical forms in arts, in writing and creating art objects on formal language and literary restrictions. Since 2011, she regulary takes part in the Bridges exhibitions of mathematical art.

She co-organized Mathematics and Arts and Poetry in University seminars in Russian New University, GolosA (Voices) Festival of Combinatorial Poetry (Cheboksary, 2014) and Festival Symmetry Literary Session (Delft, 2013). She was a guest editor of two special issues of academic journal Symmetry: Culture and Science on Symmetry in Literature (2012, 2014).

Tatiana is a Board member of PEN Moscow (s.2017), and a co-editor of PEN International report Russias Strident Stifling of Free Speech 2012-2018.

Since 2018, Tatiana is a co-editor of Articulations literary journal.

Tatiana is a laureate of artistic and literary festivals and contests: Festival Symmetry (Budapest, 2003), Burlyuk International Mark (2009), Booknik content of Jewish literature (2009), journal Okno (Window) reward (2010), Flying Dogs prize (2013), Novy Mir (New World) literary journal prize (2015). Her works were included into long and short lists of the Russian literary and artistic contests: Sergey Kurekhin prize (2010), Nora Gal prize (2015), Moscow Observer (2015), Russian Prize (2016), Furious Vissarion (2019, 2021), New children book (2020), Poetry (2021).

Tatiana was a guest of artistic residencies: International Writers and Translators House (Ventspils, Latvia, November 2016, November 2019), The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig (Ireland, December 2017), Air Le Parc (France, July 2018), Varuna (Australia, September 2018), Arteles (Finland, October 2019).

Since 2003, Tatiana lives in Sydney (Australia).

Bay Leaf. Collection of short stories by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Alena Churbanova, Anna Golubkova, Marina Hobbel, Tatiana Rizdvenko, Irina Samorukova, Elena Solovieva. Litres, 2021.

While there are cicades and olives on the earth. Novel. Kayala, 2020.

Along the fox tracks. Poetry collection. Free poetry, 2020.

Eucalyptus leaves. Letters from Australia to Russian political prisoners. Labris, 2019.

Through layered glass. Novel. Kayala, 2019.

Multiplication of essences. Collection of essays and reviews. Abzats project, 2018.

Australian monsters. Short stories. Victor Perelman, 2018.

Knossos Mirrors. Two short novels: Telegonus Catalogs by Valery Khazin and Lullaby for Cassiphone by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya. Labris, 2017.

Forking paths. Two novels and short stories. Fabula, 2017.

Labyrinths of combinatorial poetry: from palindrom to fractal. Electronic book, Textonica, 2016.

Origins of truth. Collection of short stories. Arthouse Media, 2015.

Freedom of restrictions. Collection of texts written on formal restrictions. Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Valert Kislov (eds.). NLO, 2014.

From point A. Collection of poetry by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Nora Krouk, Lena Ostrovskaya, Vsevolod Vlaskine. Sydney, 2012.

OZ. Collection of short stories and essays. Crimean Club, Nezavisimaya Gazeta Publishing House, 2012.

Travel light. Collection of short stories. Stosvet Press, 2011.

Antipodes. Materials of the Second Antipodes Festival of Russian Literature in Australia. Sydney, 2010.

Raymond Queneau Amusing Rhetoric. Translation by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, short stories by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Sergey Fedin, Sergey Orlov. Librocom, 2010.

Introduction to the literature of formal restrictions. Monograph. Bakhram-M, 2009.

One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems by Raymond Queneau. Translated by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya. GranT, 2002.

March Mosaics. Short novel. GranT, 2002 (under penname Tatiana Vasilieva).

Birthday. Collection of short stories. Sventa, 2002 (under penname Tatiana Vasilieva).