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Your Language—My Ear: Russian and American Poets at Close Quarters

General Programming

  • The Writing Program of the School of the Arts
  • Harriman Institute
  • Program in Hellenic Studies
  • Ugly Duckling Presse
  • Poets House
  • Russian American Cultural Center
  • Image Credit/Caption: Poets Andrei Voznesensky and Allen Ginsberg

A bilingual reading in Russian and English of poetry, with discussion to follow, by four leading Russian poets from points across the geography of the Russian-Speaking world, including Shamshad Abdullaev (Fergana, Uzbekistan), Keti Chukhrov (Moscow), Alexandra Petrova (Rome), and Alexander Skidan (St. Petersburg). The poets will be joined by poet/translators Julia Dasbach (Philadelphia), Kevin M. F. Platt (Philadelphia), Alexandra Tatarsky (New York; Philadelphia) and Matvei Yankelevich (New York).

This reading presents the fruits of an intense workshop on poetic translation that is taking place at the University of Pennsylvania from February 26-28, with support of that University’s Kelly Writers House, Slavic Department, Program in Comparative Literature and a Cross-Cultural Conference Grant sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Alexander Skidan Poet and Translator
  • Alexandra Petrova Poet and Translator
  • Shamshad Abdullaev Poet and Translator
  • Keti Chukhrov Art Theorist, Editor and Translator