Saturday, March 21st | 7:30 p.m. | A series of short readings, featuring Polina Barskova, The Corresponding Society, and the first ever Four Poets in Four Minutes (Francesca Chabrier, Lewis Freedman, Alex Phillips, Emily Toder)
Polina Barskova is widely considered one of the best Russian poets under the age of 40. She is the author of several prize-winning books of poetry in Russian. She was born in Leningrad and currently lives in Massachussetts where she teaches at Hampshire College. Some poems (translated by Ilya Kaminsky) can be found here, in Jacket (translated by Peter Golub), and elsewhere. Her first book in English translation is forthcoming from Tupelo Press.
The Corresponding Society is a new small press based in Brooklyn, where they publish the journal Correspondence.
Adrian Shirk writes in all forms of prose, and will read from a new series of short stories about houses and ghosts. Robert Snyderman writes book-length environmentally-specific poems. He will be presenting fragments out of his most recent poem, The Mountain: “The Mountain is what does not write.” Chanelle Bergeron, a retired competitive swimmer and autodidactic student of botany, will be reading selections from her recent poems “ravine” and “molting/october.” Greg Afinogenov will be presenting a selection of translated Russian poems from the early twentieth century, including work never before published in English. Lastly, Christopher Sweeney, editor-in-chief of Correspondence, will be reading a variety of translations, as well as extracts from a recent cycle of poems influenced by Paul Celan and the Symbolist movement.