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Valeria Simonova-Cecon  (Valeria Tsekhmaystrenko)

Valeria Tsekhmaystrenko, 2021
Self-portrait

Valeria Simonova-Cecon (born Valeriya Vadimivna Tsekhmaystrenko [Ukrainian Cyrillic: Валерiя Вадимівна Цехмайстренко], April 16, 1979, Bila Tserkva, Ukraine [U.S.S.R.]); reverted to her maiden name in 2022; in Japanese uses the haigō バレリア (Bareria). She has been widely published in journals, especially online, and anthologized in, among others, Mikhail Baru’s Сквозь тишину: антология русских хайку, сенрю и трёхстиший (2006; Through the Silence: Anthology of Russian Haiku, Senryu and Three-liners); Big Sky (the 2006 Red Moon Anthology), and Bruce Ross’s A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (2015). She is a member of Takashi Nakahata’s Banno Senryu Club and was the first European poet to see her senryu published in the group’s column in Mainichi Daily News. She has also been a frequent participant in the senryu kukai led by Takeshi Mizuno and its weekly radio program Radio Banno Senryu. From 2012 to 2017 Simonova-Cecon was an editor of Ërshik, the Russian-language senryu and kyōka magazine. After February 2022 she ceased working in Russian and organized Верба б’є (Verba bie; The Willow Beats), a senryu group on Facebook in Ukrainian. She also publishes haikai-related materials on her blog Cuccagna, blog di haikai. Valeria Tsekhmaystrenko resides in Cividale del Friuli, Italy, with her husband, fellow poet Andrea Cecon.


Note: This is an abstract of a longer biographical article to come.

Updated on November 25, 2023