Roksolana Zharkova

Roksolana Zharkova

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Literárne rezidencie Košice

Roksolana Zharkova is a Ukrainian writer, poet, literary critic and humanities scholar. She researches women’s writing from the position of feminist literary criticism. She is the recipient of several literary prizes. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. She is the author of three books of poems, two collections of short stories and one novel. She has published poetry collections “Listen to the Sea” (2015), “Hands-Words” (2017), “All My Birds” (2019) and a short story book “Smells Like You” (2017). Her debut novel “Zero Ones, Zero Tens” (2021) won the Hryhor Tyutyunnyk Literary Award and was included in the list of the best books of the year 2021 published in Ukraine (PEN Ukraine). Her scholarly research focuses on women’s traumatic experiences in relation to war, migration, refugees and their artistic treatments. Zharkova also analyzes the question of borders in literature and art. In her latest book of short stories, Run, Eurydice (2023), she addresses these very issues. Her areas of scholarly research include literary theory and comparative studies, gender and cultural studies, women’s movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries, feminism and femactivism in post-Soviet countries in the 20th and 21st centuries, and women’s memory and writing.

Roksolana Zharkova was a resident of the Košice Writer Residency Program in early 2024. During her residency in Košice, she worked on her new book “Borders”, which consists of fictional texts based on real stories of women during the war.

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