I am Henry V. Sapgir, born on November 20, 1928, a resident of
Moscow. Since the age of 14 my spiritual father was the original
poet, artist and sculptor Eugeny L. Kropivnitsky, the founder
of the so called "Lianozovo School". My army service took place
in Urals. Then I worked in sculpture atelie, where I made friends
with a number of talented sculptors, Ernst Neizvestny among them.
My first publication appeared in 1959. The poet Boris Slutsky,
with all his definiteness, once told me: "You are a formalist,
that's why you will make a good children writer." Since then I
repeatedly cooperated with such publishing houses like "Detskaya
Literatura", "Malysh", "Sovetsly Pisatel", "Khudozhestvennaya
Literatura", etc., and published monthly children poems and translations.
As for my innermost, that's two little poetry books, published
in Paris, namely "Sonety na rubashkakh" ("Sonets on the shirts"),
"Stikhi - 87" ("Poems - 87") and "Stena" ("The Wall") in Moscow.
1989. Besides that, my poems were published in the literary almanac
"Metropol", "Chast Rechi", "Apollo - 77", in the magazines "Novy
Mir", "Continent", "Strelets", etc., "Selected Works" - Moscow,
For the last 25 years I've been writing theatre plays and cinema
scripts. I am the member of such organisations as professional
Union of Soviet Cinematographists, Moscow Association of professional
writers, PEN Club, UNIMA. I am the member of editorial board of
the almanac "Strelets".
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