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Lyn Hejinian (b. 1941), poet, essayist, and translator, was born in the San Francisco Bay area. Her published work—more than a dozen books of poetry, collaborative projects, and mixed media books—includes Writing is An Aid to Memory (1978), My Life (1980), and Sunflower (2000) with Jack Collom. Among her translations from Russian are two works by contemporary poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Description (1990) and Xenia (1994). Hejinian received a Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has lectured extensively in Russia and Europe. Other honors include a writing fellowship from the California Arts Council and a grant from the Poetry Fund. In 2000, she was elected to the American Academy of Poets.
From 1976 to 1984, Hejinian was the editor of Tuumba Press and since 1981 she has co-edited Poetics Journal. With Travis Ortiz, Hejinian co-directs Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets. Recently she co-edited The Best American Poetry 2004 with David Lehman. Hejinian lives in Berkeley, where she teaches at the University of California.