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Shamshad Abdullaev (b. 1957) is the leading poet of the so-called “Fergana School” (for its “manifesto,” see Modern Poetry in Translation). Abdullaev has been awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for his poetry (1994), the annual prize of the journal Znamia for his prose writings (1998), and the Russian Prize of the Boris Yeltsin Center (2006; also short-listed in 2014). In the fall of 2015, he was awarded a residency at the American Academy in Rome by the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund. Other translations of Abdullaev’s work by Alex Cigale have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Literary Imagination, The Manhattan Review, St. Petersburg Review and TriQuarterly.