Russian writer, poet and publicist, literary critic, radio and TV presenter, journalist, teacher of literature, film critic. He was born in Moscow on December 20, 1967. Graduated from the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University. Dmitry Bykov taught literature and the history of Soviet literature in secondary schools in Moscow. He was a professor in the Department of World Literature and Culture at MGIMO. As a journalist and critic, Bykov has written for Ogonyok magazine since 1993. He also hosted an occasional program on Ekho of Moscow radio station, which ran until 2008. Previously, he co-hosted the influential TV show Vremechko. In 2009 Bykov was appointed associate editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Profile. He is also the editor-in-chief of What to Read, a monthly magazine devoted to literature. Together with actor Mikhail Yefremov, he created the project Citizen Poet (a pun on Nikolai Nekrasov's poem "Poet and Citizen"). Efremov reads poems written by Bykov, which are usually satirical commentaries on contemporary Russian society, politics, and culture. Each poem parodies the style of a famous poet of the past, such as Pushkin, Nekrasov, Kipling, etc. The show was originally aired on the Dozhd TV channel, but the project was shut down because the poems were too critical of the Russian government. The program is currently broadcast in audio format on Ekho of Moscow radio station.