Kateryna Kalytko (born 1982) is an award-winning writer and translator, PEN Ukraine member. She is the author of seven poetry volumes. The last two of them, Bunar and Torture Chamber. Vineyard. Home has brought her the LitAccent of the Year Prize (2018 and 2014 respectively). Kateryna also published her two books of short prose, namely M(h)ysteria and The Land of All Those Lost, or Creepy Little Tales. Her selected writings have been translated into more than ten languages. Kateryna Kalytko is a winner of the BBC Book of the Year Contest and the Joseph Conrad Award holder in 2017 - for “the prose writing, which raises actual problems, makes you think and expands knowledge about other cultures”. She’s the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence holder in 2015, KulturKontakt Austria fellow in 2018 and the Reading Balkans prorgram fellow in 2019. She’s currently working on her first novel.
In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Vilenica Crystal Prize, and the judges’ comment was the following: “For writing that left the jury with the sense of a dynamic and innately beautiful poetic voice, and for poems that moved us through a series of imaginatively-charged questions relating to the spheres of historical consequence, human intimacy, and the negotiation of loss; as well as questions with metaphysical and even spiritual tones; and, perhaps above all, for poems whose compelling national character also transmits an unmistakable universal resonance, a humanity at once borderless and fearless”.
Fluently speaking Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian, Kateryna Kalytko is well-known as a translator of leading Balkan authors: Miljenko Jergovic, Ozren Kebo, Nenad Velickovic, Melina Kameric, Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Stevan Tontic, Mileta Prodanovic, Mihajlo Pantic and others. She was also honored with METAPHORA award for her translations of Miljenko Jergovic’s writings.
Kateryna constantly takes part of numerous literary events in Ukraine and abroad. Also Kateryna is a co-founder of the Europe Island International Literary Festival in her home city of Vinnytsia.