Bakhyt Kenjeev

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Bakhyt Kenjeev
New York, USA / Montreal, Canada

Bakhyt Kenjeev was born in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR on 2 August 1950. In 1953, his parents moved to Moscow where he grew up. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with the equivalent of an M.S. degree in chemistry. In 1975, he was a founding member of the “Moscow Time” group of poets, with Alexei Tsvetkov, Alexander Soprovsky, and Sergey Gandlevsky. In 1982, he immigrated to Canada; his first book of poetry was published by Ardis Publishing in 1984. After Perestroika, Kenjeev frequently visited Russia, Ukraine, and other post-Soviet countries; he was a regular guest at numerous poetry festivals, including the Moscow Bienale, Kievskie Lavry, Leningradskie Mosty, Blue Metropolis Montreal festival,[9] and the international poetry festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and published several volumes of poetry. Many of his poems were translated into English, French, Kazakh, German, Swedish, and other languages. He was married to Lena Mandel. Kenjeev died on 26 June 2024 at the age of 73 after a short illness. (From Wikipedia)

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