Oleh Lysheha, 65, poet, playwright, translator and PEN Award winner

KYIV – Oleh Lysheha, a Ukrainian poet, playwright and translator, the first Ukrainian to receive the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, died in Kyiv on December 17. He was 65. His works are known to audiences in the United States thanks in large measure to Yara Arts Group, which presented bilingual (Ukrainian-English) versions of his poetry in its productions. He was born in Tysmenytsia, Ukraine, on October 30, 1949, into a family of teachers. In 1968 Mr. Lysheha entered Lviv University, studying foreign languages, and during his last year there was expelled for his participation in an unofficial literary circle, Lviv Bohema.