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Leo Yankevich

Leo Yankevich
Born (1961-10-30) October 30, 1961
Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Poet, editor, translator
Nationality United States
Literary movement New Formalism

Leo Yankevich (born October 30, 1961) is an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist.

He grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he traveled to Poland on a fellowship from the Kosciuszko Foundation to attend Kraków's Jagiellonian University.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, he decided to settle permanently in Poland. Since then he has lived in Gliwice, an industrial city in Upper Silesia.[1]


  • Personal life 1
  • Writing activities 2
  • Quotes 3
  • Published works 4
    • Chapbooks 4.1
    • Books 4.2
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6

Personal life

Yankevich is married and has three sons.

Writing activities

Yankevich writes poems in both traditional metre and in syllabics, and only occasionally in free verse. He is a prolific translator, having rendered into English poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Stanisław Grochowiak, Czesław Miłosz, Alexander Blok, Leopold Staff, Nikolay Gumilev, Boleslaw Lesmian, and many others. He has a large Internet presence with work published in scores of online publications, ranging from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[2] to Poets Against War.[3]


Nothing remains after philosophy but physical reality, be it dew on a lovely girl's maidenhood, or twisted wreckage after a tank battle.'[4]

Published works


  • The Language of Birds; Pygmy Forest Press, 1994 ISBN 0-944550-39-8
  • Grief's Herbs (translations after the Polish of Stanisław Grochowiak); The Mandrake Press, 1995
  • The Gnosis of Gnomes; The Mandrake Press, 1995
  • Epistle from The Dark; The Mandrake Press, 1996 ISBN 83-904541-1-4
  • The Golem of Gleiwitz; The Mandrake Press, 1998 ISBN 83-904541-6-5
  • "Metaphysics" by Leo Yankevich, 2002


  • The Unfinished Crusade; The Mandrake Press, 2000 ISBN 83-904541-9-X
  • The Last Silesian; The Mandrake Press, 2005 ISBN 0-9708219-2-1
  • Tikkun Olam; Counter-Currents Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978-1-935965-38-1
  • Journey Late at Night: Poems & Translations; Counter-Currents Publishing, 2013 ISBN 978-1935965824


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Onion Snow,; accessed October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Poets Against The War Poem of the Month,; accessed October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ quoted in An Interview with Leo Yankevich, Formalist Poetry News, October 2007

Further reading

  • Poem at The Flea
  • Poems at The Formalist Portal
  • Poems at The Pennsylvania Review
  • Poem at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Poems at The Monongahela Review
  • Poems & Prose at The Chimaera
  • Poem at SCR
  • Poems at The Innisfree Poetry Journal
  • Poem at The East River Review
  • Poems at II
  • Poems at Hypertexts
  • Poems at CompleteClassics
  • Poems at
  • Poem at The Barefoot Muse
  • Poems at Poetry Porch
  • Poems at DMQ Review
  • Poem at Snakeskin
  • Poem at Beauty for Ashes
  • Poem at Counter-Currents Publishing
  • Interview at Counter Currents
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