Yuriy Tarnawsky is a bilingual American/Ukrainian writer, born in Ukraine but raised in the West. He is a member of the avant-garde group of Ukrainian émigré authors The New York Group, Fiction Collective, and the Association of the Writers of Ukraine. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as a computer scientist and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University in New York City. His work has been the subject of a number of dissertations and monographs, and for his contribution to Ukrainian literature, in 2008, he was awarded the Prince Yaroslav the Wise Order of Merit by the Ukrainian Government. He resides in White Plains, NY.
Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored nineteen collections of poetry, seven plays, eight books of fiction, a biography, a number of articles dealing with literature, film, and theater, and numerous translations from and into Ukrainian. His play Not Medea was staged as a workshop production at the prestigious New York Mabou Mines Theater. His FC2 publications are Meningitis (1978), Three Blondes and Death (1993), and Like Blood in Water (2007).
His latest publication is a collection of short stories Short Tails (JEF Books/CC, 2011). Forthcoming are his selected essays and interviews Flowers for the Patient (Piramida Publishing, in Ukrainian), and a book of poems Modus Tollens (Jaded Ibis Press).
His works have been translated into French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.