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State of the Earth Institute: Ecopoetry from Ukraine
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Please join us for a bilingual reading by poets Galina Rymbu and Yanis Sinaiko. The poets, who will be speaking from their home in Lviv, also will participate in a brief panel discussion and Q&A session after they read. Kevin M. F. Platt will be reading his translations of their work and, with Catherine Ciepiela, Ainsley Morse, Stephanie Sandler, he will participate in the panel discussion.

This event is hosted by Amherst College and co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, the Davis Center at Harvard University, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and Stanford University.

Galina Rymbu was born in 1990 in the city of Omsk (Siberia, Russia) and lives in Lviv, Ukraine. She edited F-Pis’mo, an online magazine for feminist literature and theory, as well as Gryoza, a website for contemporary poetry. She is the co-founder of the Arkady Dragomoshchenko Prize for emerging Russian-language poets. She has published three books of poems in Russian: Moving Space of the Revolution (Peredvizhnoe prostranstvo perevorota, 2014), Time of the Earth (Vremia zemli, 2018), and Life in Space (Zhizn’ v prostranstve, 2018). Her essays on cinema, literature, and sexuality have appeared in Séance, Colta, Your Art, and other journals. English translations of her work have appeared in numerous journals, and a translation of Life in Space by Joan Brooks and others was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2020. Her poetry has been translated into thirteen languages and stand-alone collections of her work have been published in Latvian, Dutch, Swedish, English, and Romanian.

Yanis Sinaiko is a poet and translator. He was born in 1990 in Lviv, where he continues to reside, and where he completed a degree in philosophy at the Ivan Franko National University. He is the author of the visual-poetic book Angel-Constructor (Angel-Konstruktor, 2017) and a participant in the related multimedia performance of the same name, and author as well of the book From the Depths of Species Defeat (Iz glubiny porazheniia vida, 2019). His poetry has been published in the journals Vozdukh, Helikopter (Wrocław), Karikei i kadikei (Jerusalem), Listok, Metromost (Nizhny Novgorod), and on various internet portals. He was longlisted for the Arkady Dragomoshchenko Prize in 2015 and 2017.