This is Genia (pronounced Zhenya). Genia was born in Ukraine and lived in Tel Aviv for a while until she moved to Germany for her studies in 2001. To Berlin she came six years ago where she now teaches English, French and Russian at a local high school and also writes her poetry. “Before I came to Berlin I mainly wrote for myself and friends”, she says, “but in Berlin everything changed”. She participated in her first poetry slam at the HKW and the response was great. When Alexander Delphinov, a famous Russian poet from Berlin, moved to Moscow, Genia took over the management of the Russian poetry scene in the city. Today she is in charge of the bimonthly poetry events and many other events which are very popular among the Russian crowd in Berlin. Her poetry is mainly written in Russian but she wants to write more in German, she says. You can listen to Genia’s poetry at one of the many Russian poetry slams in Berlin and/or read some of her pieces online.
Genia Markova, Poet, CharlottenburgJuly 7, 2014
Beatrice Grundheber founded Berlinograd in 2014 as a project that was near and dear to her. Russian culture and especially its people have always fascinated her. The Blog is her attempt to introduce you to all those sincere and passionate Russian-Berliners, who reminded her of her friends in Petersburg and Moscow and who participate in making Berlin a little more beautiful. Beatrice works as a freelance in digital pr, event and networking and she is editor-in-chief of Berlinograd.com.