Anatoly Kudryavitsky was born in Moscow in 1954 of a Ukrainian-born Polish father and half-Irish mother. He was educated at Moscow Medical University (graduated in 1978). A holder of a PhD from Moscow Medical Academy, he has a background in biology, Celtic heritage, music and literature.
A former Samizdat author, he was blacklisted in 1979, and first saw his work published in 1989. Since then, his poems and short stories have appeared in the best Russian literary magazines, e.g. ”Novy Mir”, ”Druzhba Narodov”, ”Novaya Yunost”, ”New Literary Observer”, ”Strelets”, ”Grani”, “Deti Ra”, “Zinziver”, etc. He was the founder and first President of the Russian Poetry Society.
Having lived in Russia and Germany, Anatoly Kudryavitsky has been based in South Co. Dublin, Ireland, since the beginning of this century. From 1999 until 2004 he was on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Poetry Associations, UNESCO. Poet, fiction writer and literary translator, he is a member of the Moscow Writers’ Union, Chairman of the Irish Haiku Society and the editor of SurVision Magazine and Shamrock Haiku Journal.
In 2010, he was a member of the judging panel for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. His works have been translated into fourteen European languages, and he gave readings and workshops at various international literary festivals.