Boston – Nov 20 2013

Russian Voices Symposium + Philosophical Cabaret

Join us on Wednesday, November 20, for Russian Voices: Readings and Conversations with contemporary Russian poets Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova, and Maria Stepanova. This event celebrates the release by Zephyr Press of Relocations, a new anthology of Russian poetry, and brings together the three poets whose works are collected in the book and two of their English language translators (Catherine Ciepiela and Sibelan Forrester). Also participating are local poet Katia Kapovich, BU faculty members Olga Livshin, Yuri Corrigan, and Katherine O’Connor, and Jim Kates, Zephyr Press.

The symposium features individual panel discussions with each of the poets and a concluding roundtable, to be moderated by Katia Kapovich (see schedule below). The poetry sessions will be followed by a “philosophical cabaret” performance featuring Russian Jewish singer and songwriter Psoy Korolenko and musical collaborator Alyona Alyonkova, a reception, and a book-signing. The performance, entitled “Russian Riches,” contains compositions based on texts by Russian poets of the 20th century.

11:30 Welcome: Katherine O’Connor + Jim Kates
11:45 Panel I: Polina Barskova + Cathy Ciepiela
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Panel II: Anna Glazova + Olga Livshin
3:15 Break
3:30 Panel III: Maria Stepanova + Sibelan Forrester
4:45 Break
5:00 Roundtable: Katia Kapovich (Moderator), Polina Barskova, Cathy Ciepiela, Yuri Corrigan, Sibelan Forrester, Anna Glazova, Olga Livshin + Maria Stepanova •
7:00 “Russian Riches” Philosophical Cabaret Performance, Reception + Book-Signing: Psoy Korolenko + Alyona Alyonkova

Free and Open to the Public. Join us for all or part of the celebration. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the literary journal AGNI and Zephyr Press with support from the Center for the Humanities at Boston University and the Jewish Cultural Endowment.

Photo Credit:
Marc Chagall’s 1914 oil on canvas, “Study for `Over Vitebsk.’”