Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Ukrainian American Poets Respond

    Ukrainian American Poets Respond

    I was honored to share the stage with so many talented writers at the Ukrainian American Poets Respond launch last weekend. Our poems were a cry for justice, a prayer for peace, a call for remembrance, and a demand to be seen and heard. Thank you to Olena Jennings and Virlana Tkaczfor organizing such a powerful event and anthology, and to the Ukrainian Institute of America for allowing us to use their beautiful space to share our poems about Ukraine, the war, our roots and our future. Here is a link to a facebook folder with some of the photographs from the[...]
    Words and Witchery: Some References for Slavic Mythology

    Words and Witchery: Some References for Slavic Mythology

    Over Labor Day weekend, Stephen and I took the younger two teenagers to their second World Science Fiction Convention: Chicon 8 (San Jose was their first Worldcon in 2019). Both of us were on panels (usually at the same time), and I was delighted to be on the Slavic Mythology panel with moderator Dr. Jeana Jorgensen, Alex Gurevich, and Alma Alexander. (Unfortunately Alex Shvartsman did not make it to the panel.) We had a really wonderful and engaged audience, and at the end of our discussion, someone asked for additional references about Slavic Mythology. I agreed to post a list of resources[...]
    "Ukrainian American Poets Respond" Book Launch

    "Ukrainian American Poets Respond" Book Launch

    It has been 197 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. Ukrainians are still fighting. Every morning, I check Twitter to see the updates from Ukrainian journalists, activists, artists, and writers that I follow. There is always news: Here is the devastation and sacrifice. Here is the heroism and resilience. Слава Україні! Meanwhile, the Ukrainian diaspora tries to collect resources, rally support, and share the stories, names, and photographs to help the Ukrainian people and keep the world from forgetting. On Friday, September 16, I will join other Ukrainian American poets for a reading at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. We will be[...]
    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.[...]

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
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