Matvei Yankelevich is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he designs books, coedits 6x6, and edits the Eastern European Poets Series. He edited and translated Today I wrote Nothing: The selected Writings of Danil Kharms (Overlook, 2007). He is a cotranslator of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern, 2006). His translation of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem “A Cloud in Pants” is included in Night Wraps the Sky: Writing By and About Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). He is the author of a long poem, The Present Work (Palm Press, 2006). His essays on Russian-American poets appear in Octopus Magazine (online). He teaches Russian Literature at Hunter College in NYC.