Alex Cigale was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine and lived in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1966 through 1972. He spent most of the 80s in Ann Arbor, where he completed a BA in Russian Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. Since 1990 he has lived in New York City.
His poems appear in Offcourse Issue#42.
His translations appear in Offcourse Issue#41.
Alex Cigale's poems have appeared recently in print in The Cafe, Colorado, Global City, Green Mountains and North American reviews, Gargoyle, Hanging Loose, Redactions, Tar River Poetry,32 Poems, and Zoland Poetry; some of these can be read at Fiera Lingue.
His poems are forthcoming in Many Mountains Moving and St. Petersburg Review.
His online publications include Contrary, Drunken Boat, Future Cycle, H_ngm_n, McSweeney's, Potomac Journal, Qarrtsiluni, Salt River Review, and Venereal Kittens.
An essay on the relationship of Found Art to found poetry and the verse/prose distinction can be found online at Quarter After Eight.
His translations from the Russian are in Crossing Centuries: the New Generation in Russian Poetry, in The Manhattan, St. Ann's, and Yellow Medicine reviews, and online in:
http://www.fieralingue.it/modules.php?name=poetsonpoets&pa=list_pages_categories&cid=87 (8 poets in his translation from Crossing Centuries: the New Generation in Russian Poetry, including Miniature and Minimalist poems by Ivan Akhmetyev, Mikhail Nilin, Mikhail Sukhotin, and Andrei Turkin)
http://intranslation.brooklynrail.org/ (in 4 installments, Dec./Jan., including Three Russian Minimalist poets: Ivan Akhmetyev, Mikhail Faynerman, and Alexander Makarov-Krotkov; and a seminal Serialist Minimalist text from 1965 by Alexei Khvostenko)
http://dansemacabre.art.officelive.com/RussiaDesk5.aspx (See links to previous monthly columns near bottom of page: Bryusov, Balmont, Khlebnikov, Kharms, Vvedensky, Mandelstam, and Tsvetaeva.)
http://www.saintannsreview.com/tsarina/data/translations/trans1.html (3 Minimalist poems by Jan Satunovsky)
http://mackrotk.livejournal.com/620589.html#cutid1 (11 minimalist poems by Alexander Makarov-Krotkov published in Yellow Medicine Review)