Larissa Shmailo

Location New York City
Occupation poet, writer, and translator

Books by Larissa Shmailo
  • by Larissa Shmailo
    BlazeVOX Books, 2009.

  • by The Unbearables
    Autonomedia, 2011.

  • by Patti Tana
    Quadrasoul Inc., 2007.

  • by Charles (contrib.)] Bukowski
    Budapest: Magyar Könyvklub, 2000.

  • by Wendy Paris, Andrew Chesler
    Perigee Trade, 2011.

  • by Larissa Shmailo
    Unlikely Books, 2014.

  • by Pirene'S Fountain, 2011.
  • About Me

    Larissa Shmailo's newest poetry collection is #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books 2014). Larissa is the editor of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry (Big Bridge Press) and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. Larissa translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's landmark restaging of the multimedia opera and has been a translator on the Bible in Russia for the American Bible Society. Her other books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), the chapbook A Cure for Suicide (Červená Barva Press), and the e-book Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks); her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism (SongCrew), for which she received the New Century Best Spoken Word album award.

    Larissa Shmailo's Wall

    Gessy Alvarez – Jan 24, 2013

    Thank you, Larissa for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)." You are glorious.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 05, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on Mother's Day. I still laugh when I read this one.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 02, 2012

    Thanks for the fave also!

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 02, 2012

    Hi, Larissa. Thanks for commenting on "I am Not a Corpse." Appreciate your digging that one out!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 02, 2012

    Thank you Larissa for your funny comment and fave on Spaghetti Woman. And thank you so much for initiating an important discussion with Madwoman Exercises a Civil Right.

    Ann Bogle – Aug 01, 2012

    Larissa, you love the filched silver to wear or to refilch to return to the Irish in the story? No Scots writer has won a Nobel -- I looked after writing "Twedes." Thanks for spotting the story.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 26, 2012

    Larissa, your comment on Pig Girl moved me immensely, and coming back here to post, I revisited List of Words Never to Be Used in Poems because I loved it so much and wanted it on my profile page so I could go back and use it as a reference. Fortunately I write prose, but still, if used, those words must justify themselves, earn their keep. Thank you for your feisty spirit.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 04, 2012

    Thanks, dear, for reading "Unmailed Letter to B'go" and favoring it.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 08, 2012

    Larissa, thanks for faving "Picking the Bark Off Experience." Great comment!

    Rick Rofihe – May 28, 2012
    Cut and paste, Larissa.
    Thanks for reading,

    Roberto C. Garcia – May 16, 2012

    Thanks for your beautiful comments on "writer's block"!

    Joani Reese – May 14, 2012

    Hi Larissa:

    Thanks for the good words on Empire Falls. Jen Knox and I will be riding in from Texas for a reading in NYC on Sept. 21 at KGB. I hope you'll mark your calendar and we can meet in person. I'm leaving my cowboy hat at home.

    Best-- Joani

    Anne Elezabeth Pluto – May 02, 2012

    Thanks for your comments on Vasilissa the Brave and Beautiful.
    Wish I had a heavenly horse right now...

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 26, 2012

    Love your poem, Larissa! Thanks and thanks for faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself."

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Feb 04, 2012

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "Not in Tangier" Larissa! Elvis, Coleridge and Burroughs - strange bedfellows in deed!

    Sally Houtman – Jan 28, 2012

    Hey, thanks for the kind words on "That Night." I so admire your writing - your fave means the world!

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 27, 2012

    So glad you liked my strange little poem ("Helix Poem"), Larissa. Thanks for a great comment!

    Michael Dwayne Smith – Jan 27, 2012

    Thank you so much for your kind words about "Swimming Lessons." Much appreciated.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Jan 12, 2012

    Thanks for your fun comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience," especially the quote, which I will probably post on the refrigerator for family delight (husband is a school teacher who likes doing housework when it's time to grade papers; stepson likes doing homework to avoid brushing his teeth, and so on).

    Con Chapman – Jan 03, 2012


    Thanks for commenting on my poem--it has received extreme reactions. Readers on one site reported me to the site administrator. I was tempted to respond "Don't nail me to the cross!" but I figured that would only make things worse.

    Will have to read Screwtape now, which I was putting off until my dotage--although whether I'm already in that state is a subject of debate around the dinner table.


    Bill Yarrow – Jan 02, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Need," Larissa.

    Sally Houtman – Jan 02, 2012

    Thanks, Larissa, for the link to your book. I've just looked up your profile and see it there. I'm still finding my way around here in Fictionaut Land. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks.

    Marcus Speh – Dec 27, 2011

    Thanks for the comment on "For Carol" and for writing your own beautiful tribute, Larissa.

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 25, 2011

    Thank you, Larissa, for what you wrote about my poem, "Homeless Outside the Church"--that means more to me than I can say. wishing you a good holiday.

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 24, 2011

    Dear Larissa,--thank you so much for your generous comments re: my poem, "Daylight."

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Dec 24, 2011

    Thank you for your delightful comment on "Escape Literature." Happy holidays!

    Larissa Shmailo – Dec 23, 2011

    Thanks, Darryl!

    Larissa Shmailo – Dec 23, 2011

    Thank you, Bobbi!

    Darryl Price – Dec 23, 2011

    Very cool! Welcome aboard!

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 22, 2011

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Larissa!

    Larissa Shmailo – Dec 22, 2011

    Hi, Robert! Thank you!

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 21, 2011

    Welcome, Larissa!

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