Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Why Mother Christmas?

    Why Mother Christmas?

    In September/October of 2022, my new graphic novel, Mother Christmas, Volume 1: The Muse, will be released by Rosarium Publishing. It is a love letter to the winter holidays and the hope that they celebrate and inspire. Light in the darkness. Hope in times of uncertainty. Now, more than ever, I wanted to write a story that celebrates hope. We live in difficult times, and fear is ever-present in many people's lives all around the world: fear of the pandemic, violence, war, loss of basic rights and freedoms, fear of global warning and a collapse of so many things we have[...]
    New poem in Rust + Moth: "Ми тут (We are here)"

    New poem in Rust + Moth: "Ми тут (We are here)"

    One of my poems, "Ми тут (We are here)" written in response to the war in Ukraine, has been published on Rust + Moth. I am grateful to the editors for choosing it for the Summer 2022 issue, and I am happy to be able to share it with you. You can find all the poems in the Summer issue here. Print copies will be available soon. I'll update this page with a link.[...]
    My Father Taught Me About Hope

    My Father Taught Me About Hope

    It is my father, Walter Dudycz’s birthday today. These past few weeks I have been thinking about a lot about what he taught me about hope. (In Ukrainian the word is надія....also my sister's name.) I can see how hope shaped my father’s life, and his example of hope has shaped who I am. When I was a teenager, I thought that I was just an optimist; but the older I got, the more I realized that was not true. Optimism is not the same as hope. Optimists expect good things to happen. I’m actually not an optimist. What I am is[...]
    News in Ukraine  -  Twitter Resources

    News in Ukraine - Twitter Resources

    I have found that Twitter has some of the most up-to-date sources of information, so I am sharing the journalists and organizations that I have been following: TWITTER: Olga Tokariuk   @olgatokariuk @EFEnoticias freelance correspondent in Kyiv. @CEPA non-resident fellow. Disinformation researcher. Ex  @Hromadske Daria Kaleniuk @dkaleniuk Executive director at @AntAC_ua (Anti-Corruption Action Centre, curbing grand political corruption in Ukraine.) Terrell Jermaine Starr @terrelljstarr Black journalist on the ground in Kyiv, Host, #BlackDiplomats Podcast , Journalist @RollingStone @ACEurasia @AtlanticCouncil llia Ponomarenko @IAPonomarenko Defense reporter with The Kyiv Independent. Christopher Miller @ChristopherJM Correspondent @BuzzFeedNews covering national security, extremism. Spent 11 years in Ukraine & East Europe. The Kyiv Independent  @KyivIndependent English-language journalism in Ukraine. The New Voice[...]
    Poetry for Ukraine

    Poetry for Ukraine

    On March 9th, 2022, at 1pm CST (that's 7pm GMT),  I will be one of the poets reading  for POETRY FOR UKRAINE 🇺🇦, An International Fundraiser. While poetry cannot stop bullets or protect the skies, Ukrainian poets have been putting into the words the heart and spirit, the joys and sorrows, the strengths and sacrifices of the Ukrainian people for hundreds of years. The fact that this reading will occur on Taras Shevchenko's birthday underscores the fact.   Ukraine has been a target, a battleground, and a prize for centuries. After all that, to achieve independence for three short decades and have[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
Indie Comix

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