Askold Melnyczuk has published three novels: The House of Widows, an Editor's Choice selection of the American Library Association's Booklist, Ambassador of the Dead, a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2002 and What is Told, a New York Times Notable Book.
He has also published a novella about Rimbaud titled Blind Angel.
Melnyczuk's essay on visiting Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria was selected as a "Notable Essay" for 2008's Best American Essays and excerpts from his memoir-in-progress, Turbulence, Love were selected as "Notable Essays" in the 2010 edition of Best American Essays. He received a three-year fellowship in fiction from the Lila Wallace Foundation, as well as numerous grants from the NEA for his work as editor of AGNI magazine, which he founded in 1972. In 2001, Melnyczuk received the Magid Award from PEN which described AGNI as "one of America's, and the world's, most significant literary journals."
Melnyczuk, founder of Arrowsmith Press, has edited six books, including three volumes in Graywolf's Take Three Poetry Series, an anthology of writing from Ukraine, From Three Worlds, a volume on the painter Gerry Bergstein, and a book of essays about Father Daniel Berrigan.
He translated Girls, a novella by Oksana Zabuzhko, Ukraine's leading novelist and poet, as well as a selection of poems, Eight Notes from a Blue Angel, by Marjana Savka.
Other Melnyczuk work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and Poetry. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2011 he received the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Associated Writing Programs. Excerpts from Smedly, a novel in progress, may be heard on The Drum Literary Magazine website.