Anatoly Kudryavitsky, was born Anthony Kudryavitsky, in Moscow in 1954 of a Polish father and half-Irish mother. Having lived in Russia and Germany, he now lives in South Co. Dublin. A former Samizdat author, he was blacklisted in 1979, and first saw his work published in 1989. He was the founder and first President of the Russian Poetry Society. From 1999 till 2004 he was on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Poetry Associations, UNESCO. Poet, fiction writer and literary translator, he is a member of the Russian Writers' Union and the Irish PEN. He is also Chairman of the Irish Haiku Society and Editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal, an international online haiku magazine. In Russian he has published seven collections of poems, the most recent being Visitors' Book (2001), while a book of his English poems, Shadow of Time, appeared from the Goldsmith Press, Ireland in 2005.