Born in New York City, she has traveled the world. Of "Beautiful Soon Enough," Robert Olen Butler has written: "Margo Berdeshevsky’s Beautiful Soon Enough is a thrillingly cutting-edge work of photos and short short stories flowing together into an extended erotic dream that limns the inner lives of women deeply yearning for connection and authenticity. This is a splendid book by a fine poet turning into an equally fine fiction writer. "
Sven Birkirts has written: "Margo Berdeshevsky understands the diabolical complexity of the human heart, and how eros is a form of intelligence as well as a drive. Writing with lyric accuracy and necessary forgiveness about the turmoils of love, she also declares the 8th Deadly Sin: the refusal of intense experience. "
Of her poetry collection, Jerome Rothenberg has written,"With the publication of But a Passage in Wilderness, Berdeshevsky emerges, fully empowered, as the maker of a new poetry that pushes voice & image toward creation of a world 'barbaric, vast and wild” that Diderot once saw as marker of what all poetry must be.' "
Graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, attended Northwestern and New York Universities, quit for a role in her first Off Broadway play; trained as an actress by Lee Strasberg. Performed in world premieres of Harold Pinter's "The Basement" & "Tea Party," David Hare's "Slag," worked in the companies of Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, toured the USA as Ophelia, and was nominated for a television Emmy award, for a country western drama in which she had her head in an oven, but was saved by a neighbor who prayed for her.
MARGO BERDESHEVSKY'S "Beautiful Soon Enough" was published in November 2009 by FC2. Her collections of poetry, "Between Soul & Stone" & "But A Passage In Wilderness," are published by The Sheep Meadow Press, Her honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America (selected by Marie Ponsot,) 7 Pushcart Prize nominations and 2 Pushcart "special mention citations," The Fiction Collective Two American Book Review /Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize , the Chelsea Poetry Award, Kalliope's Sue Saniel Elkind Award, places in the Pablo Neruda and Ann Stanford Awards (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa,) and Border's Books/ Honolulu Magazine Grand Prize for Fiction. Her work is published in Agni, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Poetry Review (UK), Poetry Daily, New Letters, Poetry International, Poetry International' online, The Southern Review, Wolf (UK,) Pool, Runes, Women's Studies Quarterly, Nimrod, Chelsea, Traffic East, Kalliope, Southern California Anthology, Many Mountains Moving, Van Gogh's Ear, Rattapallax, & more. Recent exhibitions of her "visual poems" were in Paris & in Hawaii. Her Tsunami Notebook was made following a journey to Sumatra in Spring 2005, to work in a survivors' clinic in Aceh. Beautiful Soon Enough, a book of her illustrated short fictions, winner of the American Book Review /Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, from FC2, is now available, and Vagrant, her cross-genre novel is forthcoming.
A visual artist as well, she has exhibited in France, Hawaii, and New York. A "visual poem" series, "Les Ombres de Versailles," (The Ghosts of Versailles) was seen at the Parisian Galerie Benchaieb. She is currently living in Paris.
"Vagrant" -- a poetic novel "Beautiful Soon Enough" - illustrated short stories "The Ghosts of Versailles" - visual-poetry series "Between Soul and Stone" - newest poetry collection
Sheep Meadow Press : Stanley Moss http://sheepmeadowpress.com/all-authors/margo-berdeshevsky/ University of Alabama Press- contact dan waterman - email@example.com http://fc2.org/authors/berdeshevsky/beautiful/beautiful.htm
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