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Lida Yusupova: A Zoomposium and Reading

Please join the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado, Boulder for a three-panel “Zoomposium” on the work of poet Lida Yusupova, followed by a reading by Yusupova herself. This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.

Lida Yusupova is a uniquely important voice in contemporary Russophone poetry and, in particular, a groundbreaking figure for contemporary feminist poetry. Often experimenting with documentary poetics, as in Verdicts, her poetic cycle based on transcripts of Russian court hearings, she unflinchingly investigates cruelty and violence, while, paradoxically, extending intimacy and sympathy to the most alienating situations. We are proud to welcome an international lineup of poets and poetry scholars to discuss Yusupova’s poetics and her new bilingual edition, The Scar We Know (edited by Ainsley Morse, Cicada Press, 2021). The event will conclude with a poetry reading by Yusupova.


Program & Event Videos

12:00-12:55 PM—Sex and Violence in Yusupova’s Poetry

Moderator: Ainsley Morse

Anastasiya Osipova

Oksana Vasyakina

Nadia Vikulina


1:10-2:05 PM—Lida Yusupova’s Documentary Poetics

Moderator: Mark Lipovetsky

Galina Rymbu

Stephanie Sandler

Ilya Kukulin


2:20-3:20 PM—Feminism in Yusupova’s Poetry

Moderator: Anastasiya Osipova

Scout Mills

Madeline Kinkel

Olga Zilberbourg

Anna Halberstadt


6:00-8:00 PM—Lida Yusupova Reads Her Poetry

Moderator: Mark Lipovetsky