Friday, October 5, 2012

The New Russian Poetry

***For the general English-speaking public. *** (The readings will be in Russian and English.) *** This event is FREE.***

Carrying forward Russia’s rich poetic tradition, acclaimed rising poets read from their work, discuss the variety and richness of contemporary Russian verse, and consider their art and its role in the context of Russia's volatile political and social reality as part of Myopic Books 2012 Poetry Series, hosted by Larry Sawyer, whose poetry and literary reviews have appeared in numerous pu blications including The Chicago Tribune and the National Poetry Review.

There will be a reception following the reading and discussion with an opportunity to meet the poets.


DINA GATINA was born in 1981 in the town of Engels in the Russian provinces. She completed her degree at the Saratov Arts School and then graduated from the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. She lives in St. Petersburg where she works as an artist, illustrator and poet. In 2001, she was shortlisted for the Debut Prize with her poetry and in 2002 she won the prize in the short story category.

KSENIA MARENNIKOVA was born in 1981 in Kaliningrad Region. She currently works in a PR Agency. Marennikova has co-edited the poetry anthology Nine Dimensions and was a co-organizer, with prominent critic Dmitry Kuzmin, of the annual Vozdukh festival. In 2004, Marennikova was short-listed for the Debut Prize in its poetry category.

ALLA GORBUNOVA was born in 1985 on Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. She graduated from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg University in 2008, majoring in social philosophy and the philosophy of history. Gorbunova now works as a translator, reviewer and journalist, and also teaches philosophy at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. She won the Debut Prize for her poetry in 2005 and has since published two collections of poetry, the latest of which was short-listed in 2011 for the Andrei Belyi Prize.

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