Participants 2013

Taras Prokhasko / Ukraine

Taras Prokhasko was born in 1968 in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk. After studying biology in Lviv he worked, variously, as a teacher, barman, caretaker, radio presenter and journalist.

Prokhasko’s books have been translated into Polish, Russian, Serbian, Czech and English. His novella You can Make a Few Stories out of This was called the best Ukrainian book of 2006 by Korrespondent, Ukraine’s leading weekly. Along with another novella, How I Stopped Being a Writer, and his 2002 novel The UnSimple, it was published in Russian in 2009; the collection won the Best Translated Book of the Year award. Translated into English by Uilleam Blacker, The UnSimple appeared in Ukrainian Literature (2, 2007; 3, 2011). Prochasko writes a column for the Ukrainian newspaper Halyckyj Korespondent. He is a member of the Association of Ukrainian Writers and lives in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Photo by Svetlana Minaychenko