Lev Losev (Лев Лосев) (pen name of Lev Lifshits) was born in Leningrad, in 1937, son of the Russian author Vladimir Lifshits. Educated at Moscow State University, where he studied journalism, he worked as editor of a children's magazine and wrote poems and short plays for children. He emigrated to the USA, and at first worked as a corrector for a Russian-language publishing. He continued his education at Michigan State University, and graduated with a doctoral degree. Since then he worked as a professor of Russian literature in Dartmouth College. He started writing poetry 'seriously' in 1974, first saw his poems published in emigre periodicals in 1979. Since 1988 his poems appeared in Russian periodicals. His first collections were published in New Jersey, in 1985 and in 1987. His next collection, Stikhotvoreniya iz chetyrekh knig / Poems from Four Books, was published in St. Petersburg, in 1999. In 2000, his Selected Poems appeared in Yekaterinburg, in 2000, and his biography of Joseph Brodsky was published in Moscow.
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