Yuriy Tarnawsky is one of the founding members of the New York Group, a Ukrainian émigré avant-garde group of writers, and co-founder and co-editor of the journal Novi Poeziyi (New Poetry; 1959-1972). He worked for IBM as an electronic engineer and computer scientist, and received a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics from New York University in 1982. From 1993 - 1996, he was professor of Ukrainian Literature and Culture in the Department of Slavic Languages, as well as co-coordinator of Ukrainian Studies at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York. He has written over thirteen books of fiction, poetry, and plays, including Three Blondes and Death (1993, FC2) and Meningitis (1978, Fiction Collective). His most recent book, Like Blood in Water, was published last spring by FC2.
Yuriy Tarnawsky and A. D. Jameson are collaborating on a project that is being performed at Café Mestizo on October 27.