Contemporary Poetry: A Cultural Bridge between Ukraine and the US

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program and the Harriman Institute for a talk by Taras Malkovych (Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Columbia University).
In his presentation Mr. Malkovych will discuss his Fulbright project, the Anthology of Young US Poetry, which aims to act as a "kulturträger" helping to fill the large gap that exists in translating post-Beat US poetry into Ukrainian. In this respect he will focus on the poetry of both cultures - examples of Ukrainian and American young poetry will be recited and general trends in contemporary poetry of both countries will be analyzed. He will also talk about major aspects of the poetries, such as the LGBT aspect in American poetry and its possible perception in Ukraine, as well as the topic of war in Ukrainian poetry and its threat to the quality of Ukrainian texts.  He will discuss the perception of poetry today and consider a synthesis of the arts as a means of improving this perception.  Finally, he will provide a comparative analysis of literary venues in the two countries and will look at how exchanging experiences in organizing literary events in both countries can be explored as a means to aid the popularization of contemporary young poetry in the USA and in Ukraine. 
Taras Malkovych lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. He graduated from the department of theory and practice of translation at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and is now a postgraduate there, researching issues of Ukrainian and international film translation. He is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, researching modern American poetry. His poems and of his translations have been published in Ukrainian literary periodicals and literary web-resources, and were translated into Polish, English, German, Bulgarian, and Russian. He has been a participant at many literary festivals and is the author and compiler of the anthology “Snovydy. Sny Ukrayinskykh Pysmennykiv” (“The Sleepwalkers. Dreams of Ukrainian Writers”, 2010) and the author of the poetry collection “Toy, khto lyubyt’ dovhi slova” (“The one who loves long words”, 2013). He is International Connections Manager for A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishers.