Russian Voices Symposium and Philosophical Cabaret at Boston University

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. We encourage you to come for all or any part of the celebration!

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. The project, as Psoy Korolenko describes it, attempts to realize the cultural and spiritual connection between generations:

We consider this repertoire to be a certain kind of “edutainment” project, and see those involved in Slavic and Russian studies abroad as an important target audience. In 2007, ”The Cardboard House’’ based on Mikhail Kuzmin’s poem became a certain kind of a musical logo for Kuzmin’s readings at UCLA. And now that our new CD is released the same year with the Relocations book, we feel honored and lucky to be with Russian Voices at BU.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor

See the full schedule and learn about the participants here!

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