Herasymiuk Vasyl

Born on 18 August 1956 in Karaganda, he is a Ukrainian poet and laureate of the Shevchenko Prize (2003).

He is a member of the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine (1983) and the Ukrainian Writers’ Association (1997).

Vasyl is a laureate of “Blahosvit” Prize of National Writers’ Union of Ukraine (1993) and P. Tychyna Literary Prize (1998).

He was born in a Hutsul family relocated to Karaganda in the 40s for ‘permanent settlement’; however, at the end of the 50s, the parents managed to come back to their native Prokukava village (Kosiv district of Ivano-Frankivsk region), where Vasyl spent his childhood.

Awakening of the interest to poetry and first attempts at it were during his school years in Kosiv. It was the beginning of the 70s, when a new wave of political repressions arrived to put an end to the Sixtiers movement. This atmosphere has formed a creative personality of the poet.
In 1978, he graduated from Department of Philology at the Kyiv University.

He occupied editorial positions in “Molod” and “Dnipro” publishing houses (1978–1992).
Since 1992, he has been a host of programs at literary branch of the National Radio Company of Ukraine.
Since 1993, he is a head of the jury of the “Hranoslov” International Competition for Young Literators.
Since 2011, he has hosted of the “Dialogue” Program on “Kultura” TV channel.

Poetry collections:
Spruces (1982).
Streams (1986).
The Kosmach Pattern (1989).
Wonder Children (1991).
Autumn Dogs of the Carpathians (1999).
August – Old Style (2000).
Poet in the Air (2002) (awarded with the Shevchenko Prize in 2003).
There’s Been a Land (2003).
The Fern (2006).