Andrei Bely (the pseudonym of Boris Nikolayevich Bugaev, 1880-1934) was a leading theorist and poet of Russian Symbolism. In 1913 Bely moved to Switzerland but returned to Russia for good in 1923. His development of new writing techniques, evident in his masterpiece, Petersburg, significantly influenced Russian prose and verse.
Christopher Colbath received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2005. He teaches writing at Mitchell College and Russian literature and film at Connecticut College. He lives in Groton, Connecticut.