About the Project

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

Featured Russian Language Poets, from points across the geography of the Russian-Speaking world, include: Shamshad Abdullaev (Fergana, Uzbekistan), Polina Barskova (Massachusetts, USA), Keti Chukhrov (Moscow), Alexandra Petrova (Rome), and Alexander Skidan (St. Petersburg).

Other participants include poets/scholars/translators: Marijeta Bozovic (Yale University), Charles Bernstein (UPenn) Julia Bloch (UPenn), Catherine Ciepiela (Amherst College), Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach (UPenn), Sibelan Forrester (Swarthmore), David Hock (Princeton), James McGavran (UPenn), Kevin M. F. Platt (UPenn), Bob Perelman (UPenn), Ariel Resnikoff (UPenn), Stephanie Sandler (Harvard), Bela Shayevich (Philadelphia), Frank Sherlock (Philadelphia), Alexandra Tatarsky (Philadelphia, New York), Val Vinokour (The New School), Michael Wachtel (Princeton), Ilya Vinitsky (Upenn), and Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Public Events Include:

Two bilingual reading of cutting edge poetry with fresh translations:

1) at Kelly Writer’s House, 3805 Locust Walk on the Penn Campus on Friday, February 27, from 4-5:30pm, with discussion and a reception to follow

2) at Chapterhouse Cafe, 620 S. 9th St. in Center City Philadelphia on Saturday, February 28, from 6:30-8:30pm

Two panels of papers on poetry and translation:

1) at the Max Kade Center, 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329-A, on Friday, February 27, from 1:30-3:30pm

2) at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut St. on Saturday, February 28, from 1:30-3:45pm (two of four papers in Russian)

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