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Academics, Essayists, Historians, Novelists, Poets, Scholars, Writers, etc. (listed alphabetically)

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Scroll through this page to select the writer in which you are interested. Not all of them have entries as yet, since this section is under (long-term) development.

Note that particular emphasis is given here to Belarusian writers whose work is currently available, and especially so in English translation.


  • Anonymous -- (Refer to this page for some notes about various, unattributed works, such as The Aeneid Inside Out and Taras on Parnassus from the early 19th century.)


  • Ales Adamovič   (Adamovich; b. 1927 ) -- fiction writer


  • Anton (Anthony) Adamovič   (Adamovich; June 26, 1909 - June 12, 1998)


  • Slavamir Adamovič   (Adamovich; b. March 8, 1962) -- poet


  • Kastus Akula   (b. November 16, 1925) -- fiction writer


  • Francishak Alachnovič (Alekhnovitch)   (March 9, 1883 - March 3, 1944) -- Playwright


  • Svetlana Aleksiyevič   (Alekseyevich; born: May 31, 1948) -- Writer   contemporary


  • Мiхал Анемпадыстаў   (Michal Aniempadystaŭ; b. 1964)   -- writer, poet


  • Uladzimir Arlaŭ (Arłoŭ)   contemporary; born: August 25, 1953;   (also: Vladimir Orlov)


  • Natalya Arsen'neva [Natalla Arsiennieva]   (Sept. 20, 1903 - 1997) -- poet


  • Maksim Bahdanovič   (December 9, 1891 - May 13, 1917) -- Writer


  • Paŭluk Bahrym   (Паўлюк Багрым; 1812-1891) -- Poet


  • Frantzishak Bahushevič   (1840 - 1900) -- Poet


  • Ryhor Baradulin (Rygor Borodulin)   (contemporary; born: February 24, 1935)


  • Yan Barshcheivski   (1794 - 1851)


  • Zmitrok Biadula   (April 23, 1886 - November, 1941)     [pen name of   Samuil Plaunik]


  • Yanka (Janka) Bryl -- Writer & Academic   (contemporary; born: July 22, 1917)


  • Henadz Buraŭkin   (contemporary; born: August 28, 1936)   (also: Gennady Buravkin)


  • Simon Budnii   (approx. 1530 - 1593)


  • Vasil Bykaŭ -- Fiction Writer   (contemporary;June 19, 1924 -- June 22, 2003)

      (also "Bykov")


  • Ян Чачот   (Jan Čačot; 1796-1847 (?))   -- writer, poet


  • Ivan Chigrinov   contemporary


  • Uladzimir Dubouka   (July 15, 1900 - March 20, 1976) -- Poet / Writer


  • Uladzimir Dudzicki   (1910 - 1970's (? ))   [ real name   Uladzimir Hutska ] -- writer of articles, poetry, and prose


  • Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievič   (February 4, 1808 -- December 29, 1884) -- First Major Belarusian Poet & Playwright of 19th Century

    • Also "Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievich", and 1807 is also given for the year of his birth.


  • Saint Euphrosyne of Polatsk   (approx. 1110 to 1120 - 1173)

    • Also "Efrosinia of Polatsk"


  • Maksim Harecki   (Feb. 18, 1893 - Feb. 10, 1938)   writer, literary historian, lexicographer, & teacher

    • Also "Maxim Goretski"


  • Alies' Harun   (March 11, 1887 - July 28, 1920)   poet, playwright, publicist, & political activist

    • Also "Ales' Garun"; pen name of "Aleksandr Uladzimirarvich Prushinski".


  • Larysa Hienijush   (August 9, 1910 - April 7, 1983)   poet and nationalist

    • Also " Larysa Heniyush," & "Larisa Geniush"


  • Nil Hilevič   (Ніл Сымонавіч Гілевіч)   (born: September 30, 1931) -- contemporary poet


  • Mikola Husouski   (1480 - 1533) -- Belarusian & Polish Poet
    • (Also: "Nikolay (Nikolai) Gusouski", "Gusovski", and "Husowski")


  • Volha Ipatava   (contemporary, born: January 1, 1945) -- (Olga Ipatova)   author & chairperson of the Belarusian Writers' Union


  • Sakrat Janovič   (Janovich; b. September, 4, 1936) -- Prose writer


  • Janka Juknavets   (Янка Юхнавец b. 1921)   -- writer of poems, prose, and drama


  • Kastus Kalinouski   (February 2, 1838 - March 22, 1864) -- Patriot/Pamphleteer


  • Jauchim Karski   (January 1, 1861 - April 29, 1931) -- foremost Belarusian linguist


  • Uladzimir Karatkievič   (November 26, 1930 - July 25, 1984; [also, "Karatkevich"] Уладзімір Караткевіч) -- Author and Playwright


  • Vitaut Kipel   (Вітаўт Кіпель; contemporary; born May 30, 1927) -- Belarusian-American community leader & writer


  • Zora Kipel   (Зора [Савёнак] Кіпель; contemporary; July 1, 1927 -- April 14, 2003) -- Literary translator & writer


  • Henadz' Kisyaliou   (Генадзь Кісялёў; contemporary; born March 19, 1931) -- Literary Historian


  • Jakub Kolas   (November 3, 1882 - August 13, 1956)     [pen name of   Kanstancin Miskievich]


  • Kandrat Krapiva     [pen name of   Kandrat Atrakhovich]   (March 5, 1896 - January 7, 1991)


  • Ryhor Krushyna   (1907 - 1978) -- Writer


  • Yanka Kupala   (July 7, 1882 - June 28, 1942)     [pen name of   Ivan Dominikovich Lucevich]


  • Vaclau Lastouski   (November 1, 1883 - January 23, 1938) -- Historian, Writer, & Politician (Dzisna-born)
    • also "Vatslav Lastovsky"


  • Aleh Łojka   (Алег Лойка Oleg Louka; born: May 1, 1931) --   contemporary


  • Yazep Losik   (November 6, 1884 - 1940) -- Linguist & Writer


  • Adam Mal'dzis   (contemporary [Адам Восіпавіч Мальдзіс]; born August 7, 1932) -- Historian, editor, writer, and teacher


  • Ivan Paŭlavič Mielež   (February 8, 1921 -- August 9, 1976; [also, "Melezh"] Іван Паўлавіч Мележ) -- Author and Playwright


  • Adam Mickiewicz   (1798-1855) -- Poet


  • Valzhyna Mort   (b. 1981; pen name of Valhyna Martynava) -- Contemporary Poet


  • Guy de Picarda (Havriil Pichura)   (July 20, 1931 - April 20, 2007) -- author, musicologist, librarian, barrister


  • Alaiza Pashkievich   (pen name: Tziotka; Ciotka)   (July 15, 1876 - February 5, 1916) -- poet


  • Barys Rahulia   (b. 1920)   -- writer of memoir and doctor


  • Vikentzi Paulavič Ravinski   (1786 -- 1855 (about); Poet & Dramatist; Вікенці Паўлавіч Равінскі)


  • Ales Razanau   contemporary; born: December 5, 1947;   (also: Ales Ryazanov)


  • Andre Rymsha   (about 1550 - 1595)


  • Masei Sednev   (also, "Siadneŭ"; Масей Іларыёнавіч Сяднёў)   (September 1, 1913 -- February 5, 2001) -- Poet and Author


  • Yadvigin Sh.     [pen name of   Anton Ivanovich Lyavitzki]   (1868 - 1922)


  • Taras Shaovchenka   (1814 - 1861)-- Poet


  • Karlos Sherman   (Poet and Translator; 1934 - 2005)


  • Ryhor Siemaškievič   (September 12, 1945 -- June 11, 1982; also, Rygor Siemashkievich)


  • Simiaon of Polatsk   (1629 - 1680)


  • Janka (Yanka) Sipakoŭ   (January 15, 1936; poet (Янка Сіпакоў) )


  • Francishak Skaryna   (1490 - 1552) -- Belarusian Renaissance Scholar, Bible Translator, & Printer
    • "1551" is also given for the year of his death.


  • Myaletzi Smatriitzki   (1577 - 1633)


  • Сяржук Сокалаў-Воюш   (Siaržuk Sokalaŭ-Vojuš; contemporary, born: 1957); poet, song writer, and performer)


  • Vasily Syomukha   (contemporary, born: January 18, 1936); poet and translator (from German and Latvian to Belarusian)


  • Maksim Tank     [pen name of   Yaugen Skurko]   (September 4 (17), 1912 - 1995)


  • Branislau Adamavich Tarashkievič   (January 20, 1892 - November 29, 1938)   Belarusian philologist and political leader


  • Мiкола Трафiмчук   (Mikola Trafimčuk; contemporary, born: 1950); poet & writer)


  • Kastus' Tsvirka   (Кастусь Цвірка; contemporary; born March 28,1934) -- Author & Literary Editor


  • Мікола Цэлеш   (Mikola Celesh; Tzelesh; 1900-1976(?))   -- Belarusian & emigre writer (in USA)


  • Kyril Turovski   (approximately 1130 - 1182)   [ also   Cyril of Turau ]


  • Vasil' Tzyapinski   (approx. 1540 - 1604)


  • Kanstantzin Vasilevič Veranitzin   (1834 - 1904; Poet & Teacher; Канстанцін Васілевіч Вераніцын)


  • Anatol Viarcinski   (b. November 18, 1931) -- Contemporary Poet, Writer, Critic, Journalist, & Dramatist   (Вярцінскі, Анатоль Ільіч; Вярцински, Анатолий; Вяртински, Вяртинский, Вертинский)


  • Jurka Vicbich   [ Юрка Віцьбіч   real name   Jurka Stukalich; Юрка Стукаліч ]   (1905 - 1975)   -- writer of fiction, history, articles, and essays


  • Yahn Vislitzki   (approx. 1485 - 1520)


  • Liavon Yurevich   (Лявон Юрэвіч)   contemporary   -- writer of biography, Belarusian cultural history, and librarian


  • Jan Zaprudnik   contemporary

      Refer to descriptions of his books:


    AND many, many more that need to be added and described--as soon as I have time!




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