Konstantin Kulakov is an award-winning Russian-American poet, writing coach, and minister (M.Div.) born in Zaoksky, Soviet Russia in 1989.  He is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award judged by Brian Teare and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Kulakov's debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, was published by Dialogue Foundation Books December 4, 2015 with artwork by Adina Larisa Sufana. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in  Exposition Review, Phoebe, Tule Review, The Christian Century, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Tidal Basin Review and Ghost Town. Select poems have been translated into Russian, including a forthcoming translation into German. 

With three generations of Soviet dissident pastors in his bloodline, questions around social justice, spiritual health and technoscience are indispensable part of his work in poetry. In the summer of 2016, as Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church, he launched a diverse panel on Art and Activism, featuring Rev. Sekou, Amin Husain, Sarah Browning, Rev. Micah Bucey, Rev. Je Exodus Hooper Alfonse Borysewicz, Natasha Johnson, and Mariame Kaba. He also serves as poet in the art collective, The Waterists, performing multimedia collaborations with Toby Twining, composer, Alfonse Borysewicz, painter, Darla Stanley, choreagrapher, and tenor John Bellemer in houses of worship, art galleries, and schools. Currently, he preaches and freelances in media design and content writing. He lives in New York. 


Konstantin Kulakov
Washington Heights Basement,  2017
Watercolor on inkjet paper
(An intermittent dabble into watercolor via
grandfathers lessons in sketching techniques, proportionality, and perspective.)

"But this winter night, my feet touch
chilled cement in honor

of firm gravity... In my room,
I punch in letters, mixing words

to bring-out sparks. And it is You, Yahweh."

from Excavating the Sky
Dialogue Foundation Books, 2015