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Famous Writers from Ukraine

List of famous writers from Ukraine, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ukraine is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Ukrainian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Ukraine and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Igor Voloshin and Ivan Mykolaychuk are only the beginning of the writers on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ukrainian writers?" and "Which writers are from Ukraine?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ukraine in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ukraine, but they're all of Ukraine descent.
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  • 1
    Dec. at 42 (1809-1852)

    BirthplaceVelyki Sorochyntsi, Ukraine

    NationalityRussian Empire

    WorksDead Souls, Nevsky Prospekt, The gamblers, Märchen- Samowar. Erzählungen aus dem alten Rußland, Taras Bulba

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852) was a Russian dramatist of Ukrainian origin.Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the  ...more
  • 2

    BirthplaceBerdyansk, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, France

    Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko (born 14 November 1979) is a French-Ukrainian actress and model.She was discovered as a model in Moscow at the age of 13. She moved to Paris to pursue a modelling  ...more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceMoldavia, Soroca

    NationalityUkraine, Romania

    WorksAmong Grey Stones, The Tuner, The Asthenic Syndrome, Melody for a Street Organ, Brief Encounters

    Kira Heorhiyivna Muratova (Ukrainian: Кіра Георгіївна Мура́това; née Korotkova, 5 November 1934 – 6 June 2018) was a Ukrainian award-winning film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her  ...more
  • 4

    BirthplaceZima, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    WorksI am Cuba, Stolen Apples, Pre-Morning, The face behind the face, Ardabiola

    Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (Russian: Евгений Александрович Евтушенко; 18 July 1933 – 1 April 2017) was a Soviet and Russian poet. He was also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter,  ...more
  • 5
    Dec. at 62 (1894-1956)

    BirthplaceUkraine, Sosnytsia

    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    WorksEarth, Arsenal, Michurin, Zvenigora, The Enchanted Desna

    Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko or Oleksander Petrovych Dovzhenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Петрович Довженко, Oleksandr Petrovych Dovzhenko; Russian: Алекса́ндр Петро́вич Довже́нко, Aleksandr Petrovich  ...more
  • 6
    Dec. at 68 (1905-1973)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    NationalitySoviet Union

    WorksHamlet, King Lear, The Vyborg Side, The Return of Maxim, Belinsky

    Grigori Mikhaylovich Kozintsev (Russian: Григо́рий Миха́йлович Ко́зинцев; 22 March [O.S. 9 March] 1905 – 11 May 1973) was a Soviet theatre and film director. He was named People's Artist of the USSR  ...more
  • 7
    Dec. at 56 (1879-1935)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    WorksMalevič, La Lumière et la couleur, Venäläisen museon Kazimir Malevitsh -kokoelma, Les arts de la representation, De Cézanne au suprématisme

    Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (February 23 [O.S. 11] 1879 – May 15, 1935) was a Russian avant-garde artist and art theorist, whose pioneering work and writing had a profound influence on the  ...more
  • 8
    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceBilozerka Raion

    NationalityRussia

    WorksWaterloo, War and Peace, Red Bells Part I: Mexico on Fire, They Fought for Their Country, Red Bells II

    Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk (Russian: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej ˈfʲɵdərəvʲɪtɕ bəndɐrˈtɕuk]; Russian: Серге́й Фё́дорович Бондарчу́к; Ukrainian: Сергі́й Фе́дорович Бондарчу́к, Serhiy Fedorovych Bondarchuk; 25  ...more
  • 9
    Dec. at 88 (1902-1990)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Soviet Union

    WorksThe Vyborg Side, The Return of Maxim, The New Babylon, Alone, The Wild Swans

    Leonid Zakharovich Trauberg (Russian: Леонид Захарович Трауберг, 17 January 1902 – 14 November 1990) was a Ukrainian Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 17 films between 1924 and 1961  ...more
  • 10
    Dec. at 56 (1920-1977)

    BirthplaceChechelnyk, Ukraine

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage, ou, Le livre des plaisirs

    Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories. Born to a Jewish  ...more
  • 11
    Dec. at 72 (1899-1971)

    BirthplaceUkraine

    NationalityUkraine

    WorksMy Favourite Wife, Kiss Me, Kate, Week-End at the Waldorf, Rendezvous

    Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. Samuel, who also directed many of their  ...more
  • 12
    Dec. at 51 (1888-1939)

    BirthplaceBilopillia, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    WorksLectures to parents, Learning to Live, A Book for Parents, Collective Family, Problems of Soviet School Education

    Anton Semyonovich Makarenko (Russian: Анто́н Семёнович Мака́ренко, 13 January 1888 – 1 April 1939) was a Russian and Soviet educator, social worker and writer, the most influential educational  ...more
  • 13

    BirthplaceUkraine, Tarutyne

    NationalityRomania

    WorksToo Late, Last Stop Paradise, An Unforgettable Summer, The Oak, The Reenactment

    Lucian Pintilie (Romanian pronunciation: [lut͡ʃiˈan pintiˈli.e]; 9 November 1933 – 16 May 2018) was a Romanian film director and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 14

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    NationalityUkraine, United States of America

    WorksBad Teacher, Year One, Ghostbusters III, Hello Ladies: The Movie

    Gene Stupnitsky (born August 26, 1977) is a Ukrainian-born American film and television writer and producer. He usually works with Lee Eisenberg, with whom he founded Quantity Entertainment.  ...more
  • 15
    Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

    BirthplaceAutonomous Republic of Crimea

    NationalityUkraine

    WorksThe Thief of Bagdad, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Chang, Wings or Tales of the Psychic, Mysteries of Asia

    Achmed Abdullah (12 May 1881 – 12 May 1945) was an American writer. He is most noted for his pulp stories of crime, mystery and adventure. He wrote screenplays for some successful films. He was the  ...more
  • 16
    Dec. at 71 (1908-1980)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Poland

    WorksFive Boys from Barska Street, Knights of the Teutonic Order

    Aleksander Ford (born Mosze Lifszyc; 24 November 1908 in Kiev, Russian Empire – 4 April 1980 in Naples, Florida, United States) was a Polish film director; and head of the Polish People's Army Film  ...more
  • 17
    Dec. at 72 (1900-1973)

    BirthplaceLuhansk, Ukraine

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    WorksViy, Ruslan and Ludmila

    Aleksandr Lukich Ptushko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Луки́ч Птушко́, Ukrainian: Олександр Лукич Птушко; 19 April [O.S. 6 April] 1900 – 6 March 1973) was a Soviet animation and fantasy film director, and  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    NationalityUkraine, United States of America

    WorksHouse of Sand and Fog

    Vadim Perelman (Russian: Вадим Перельман; born 8 September 1963) is a Ukrainian-born Canadian-American film director. Perelman made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with House of Sand and  ...more
  • 19
    Dec. at 79 (1887-1966)

    BirthplaceRussia

    NationalityUkraine, United States of America, Russian Empire

    WorksSome of these days

    Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1886 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her powerful delivery of comical and risqué songs, she  ...more
  • 20
    Dec. at 67 (1884-1951)

    BirthplaceLysianka

    NationalityAustria, Germany, United States of America, Ukraine

    WorksStamboul Quest, Olympia, Die Flucht in den Zirkus, The Song of Songs

    Leo Birinski (June 8, 1884 – October 23, 1951) was a playwright, screenwriter and director. He worked in Austria-Hungary, Germany and in the United States. As a playwright in Europe he gained his  ...more
  • 21
    Dec. at 59 (1856-1916)

    BirthplaceKingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria

    NationalityAustria-Hungary

    WorksBoa constrictor, and other stories, Sotvorennia Svitu, Basis of Society, Lys Mykyta

    Ivan Yakovych Franko (Ukrainian: Іван Якович Франко, pronounced [iˈvɑn ˈjɑkovɪtʃ frɐnˈkɔ]) (August 27 [O.S. August 15] 1856 – May 28 [O.S. May 15] 1916) was a Ukrainian poet, writer, social and  ...more
  • 22
    Dec. at 77 (1900-1978)

    BirthplaceMykolaiv, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, United States of America

    WorksTwelve O'Clock High, 13 Rue Madeleine, Beloved Infidel, Road to Zanzibar, The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

    Sy Bartlett (July 10, 1900 – May 29, 1978) was an American author and screenwriter/producer of Hollywood films. Born Sacha Baraniev in Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States at the age of four  ...more
  • 23
    Dec. at 81 (1906-1988)

    BirthplaceZhytomyr, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine

    WorksSusan Slept Here, The Man Who Dared, Susan Slept Here

    Alex Gottlieb was a film producer, television producer, writer and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 24
    Dec. at 64 (1893-1958)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire

    WorksIndiscreet

    Lew Brown (born Louis Brownstein, Russian: Луис Браунштейн, December 10, 1893 – February 5, 1958) was a lyricist for popular songs in the United States. During World War I and the Roaring Twenties,  ...more
  • 25
    Dec. at 73 (1929-2002)

    BirthplaceUkraine, Pidhaitsi

    NationalityUkraine, Poland

    WorksModrzejewska, To Save the City

    Jan Lomnicki was a film director and screenwriter.  ...more