Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator born in Minsk. She teaches at Cornell University and writes in English and Belarusian. She translates between English, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish. Mort 's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Review among many others. Mort is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the Amy Clampitt Foundation, and a recipient of the Burda Prize for Eastern European authors.
Mort is also the author of three collections of poetry in English: Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press 2008), Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press 2011), and mostly recently, Music for the Dead and Resurrected (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020), which has been named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2020 by The New York Times and NPR. She also has two full-length poetry collections in Belarusian, 'Я тоненькая як твае вейкі' ('I’m as Thin as Your Eyelashes', Lohvinau, 2005) and 'Эпідэмія Ружаў' ('Epidemic of Roses', Lohvinau, 2017), which have been published in translation in Germany, Sweden, and Ukraine.