Pavel Lembersky was born in Odesa, Ukraine and emigrated to the United States in 1977. After receiving his BA in comparative literature from The University of California at Berkeley, he did graduate work in film at San Francisco State University and worked in New York City on a number of film projects such as Jonathan Demme–Spalding Gray’s cult classic Swimming to Cambodia and Steven Wright’s Oscar-winning short The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, among others.
Pavel authored five story collections in Russian, most recently, Here’s Looking at You, Kid (Kyiv, 2018) and De Kooning (New York, 2019) and two novels, Aboard the 500th Merry Echelon (2015) and the yet unpublished 200 Brand New Shiny Cadillacs (2022). His short stories have been translated into English, German, Finnish and Vietnamese and have appeared in literary magazines such as Little Star, Words Without Borders, The Brooklyn Rail, Trafica Europe, Fiction International, Gargoyle, Dvoetochie, Abandon, Asymptote, Inostrannaia Literatura, Novy Mir, Teatr, Colta, Novy Bereg, Textonly. Lembersky’s short story collection Fluss Nr. 7 was published in Frankfurt. For years Pavel hosted a radio talk show in New York City. His most recent story collection in English, The Death of Samusis, and Other Stories came out in 2020. Pavel Lembersky lives in Brooklyn.