Utkin Iosif Pavlovich (1903 – 1944), the poet.
He was born on May 13 at the Khingang Station of the Sino-Eastern Railway, which his parents built. After the birth of the son, the family returned to their hometown Irkutsk, where the future poet lived until 1920.
He studied at a three-year primary school, then in a four-year high school, from the latter class who was expelled for bad behavior and free-thinking. I had to go to work: I was a marker at a tannery, traded newspapers, distributed telegrams.
In 1919, during the anti-Kolchak revolt in Irkutsk, he joined the Workers’ Guards, which consisted before the establishment of Soviet power. In 1920, he volunteered with the first group of Irkutsk Komsomol members to the Far Eastern Front. In the army he was a field informer, military commissar of marching companies, military commissar of repair shops.
In 1922 he worked as a reporter in the newspaper “The Power of Labor”,
in the Gubernia Committee of the Komsomol – Secretary of the Komsomol newspaper, political instructor at the pre-conscripts. In 1924 he was sent to study in Moscow at the Institute of Journalism.
From 1922 he published his poems in the Siberian press, and upon his arrival in Moscow he began to publish in Moscow publications. In 1925 the first book “The Story of the Red-Haired Motel…” was published, in 1926 – the first book of poems.
Since 1925 he worked in the Komsomolskaya Pravda as a zaklitotdel. After graduating from the institute in 1927, he was sent along with the poets Zharov and Bezymensky abroad, where he stayed for two months. He worked as a department of poetry in the Publishing House of Fiction. In 1928 he wrote and published the poem “A Sweet Childhood”.
With the outbreak of the Patriotic War, he went to the front, he was fighting near Bryansk, where he was wounded and treated in Tashkent. Writes the book “I saw it myself,” which reads verses from the editorial staff of “Komsomolskaya Pravda.” Contrary to the opinions of physicians returned to the front, although as a result of injury, he lost four fingers on his right hand.
Participates in battles, making large crossings with soldiers. I wrote songs-marches. Many poems were put to music, they sang at the front.
Returning from the front on November 13, 1944, I.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.