Ukrainian Poets at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

I was honored to return to the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, to read with Olena Jennings, Krystia Nora, and Virlana Tkacz from the Ukrainian Poets Respond anthology. It was a lovely surprise to hear Waldemart Klyuzko talk about his experience working on the set and design for Radio 477! which just closed in NYC:

Inspired by the 1929 Ukrainian avant-garde jazz musical (the first jazz musical in Ukraine), Radio 477! has original songs and text by New York City-based Yara Arts Group in collaboration with artists in Ukraine, including Serhiy Zhadan.

Another the wonderful projects created by Virlana and Yara Arts. Thank you to Marta Farion for taking and sharing the following photos from the reading, and thank you to UIMA for providing us with the space, surrounded by inspirational art. Thank you also to everyone who came out to hear us read!
It is always an honor to share the stage with these remarkable artists and writers, and to be gifted with an audience that is so present and open-hearted.
We are a force when we join our voices with those across the ocean—past and present—and we are stronger together.

This Saturday Night in the Ukrainian Village

You may recall last year when I was a featured reader for the Ukrainian American Writers: A New Generation of Literary Voices series. It was a really wonderful affair. (Read the blog entry here.)

This Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 PM, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is once again hosting this lovely evening!

Ukrainian American Writers will present their annual reading at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. The featured reader this year will be Askold Melnychuk. Also reading are Alexis Buryk, Roman Skaskiw, and Virlana Tkacz. The event will include both fiction and poetry, and will be conducted in English. $10 admission, $5 for students.

Hope to see you there!