Oksana Zabuzhko was born in 1960 in Lutsk. Her father was a teacher, literary critic and translator and her mother was a teacher as well as an author of popular literary works for schoolchildren. The family moved to Kyiv in 1965. She graduated from the faculty of philosophy and did postgraduate studies in aesthetics at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University. She taught aesthetics and cultural history at the P. Tchaikovsky Kyiv State Conservatory ands was a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 1992, she taught Ukrainian culture at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at other US universities, including Harvard.
She started writing poems from an early age an her first poems were to be published at the age of nine but this was blocked as her parents were on a blacklist. She published her frist novel – Польові дослідження з українського сексу (Fieldwork In Ukrainian Sex) – in 1996 and it caused a certain amount of controversy. She has gone on to write novels, stories, poetry and essays.
No guilty people in the world? Reading Russian literature after the Bucha massacre (article by Zabuzhko)
Oksana Zabuzhko: ‘Ukrainians are fighting to free Europe from the spectre of totalitarianism’ (article by Zabuzhko)
Oksana Zabuzhko: ‘Articles by Zabuzhko in Agni
(Only works published in English)
1996 A Kingdom of Fallen Statues : Poems and Essays
1996 Польові дослідження з українського сексу (Fieldwork In Ukrainian Sex)
2009 Музей покинутих секретів (The Museum of Abandoned Secrets)
2014 Тут могла б бути ваша реклама (Your Ad Could Go Here) (stories)
2022 Selected Poems