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PEN World Voices Festival. Voices on the Vanguard: Russian Poetry Today

The 2021 PEN World Voices Festival presents a poetry reading co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and Deep Vellum.

Poets and translators of Russian verse reunite for a bilingual reading as part of PEN America’s Writers in Dialogue project, which has joined some of the most daring new voices in Russian poetry with American translators to introduce their work to American audiences.

In 2020, as international travel skidded to a halt, PEN America’s Writers in Dialogue project—which opens the exhilarating world of contemporary Russian poetry to American readers by bridging American and Russian literary communities—went remote, using online connection to foster collaborations between daring emerging or under-translated poetic voices and dextrous translators. In this event, the Russian poets and American translators who were paired for this initiative reunite for a bilingual reading, for which each pair will share a poem in both languages, and join in a conversation about the pleasures, challenges, and intimacies of translation. American audiences will have an opportunity to experience the boldness and stylistic and thematic range of the work originating from a vital poetry scene. Featuring Ainsley MorseMaria GalinaCatherine CiepielaAlexandra TsibulyaAnna HalberstadtOksana VasyakinaElina AlterIvan SokolovKevin PlattEkaterina SimonovaValeriya Yermishova, and Nikita Sungatov, with Polina Sadovskaya and Polina Barskova moderating.

This digital event will start at 1pm ET / 10am PT. If you have any questions, please visit the festival FAQs.


This event is free. Click here to get tickets.

Use the code HARR21WVF for a discount on other events in the festival.
Please note that due to the ticket/book bundle event agreement with the publisher, the discount code does not apply to the Jhumpa Lahiri’s event or Blindness, which has limited capacity.

This event is part of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Visit to learn more and get tickets for other events.