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Talk and poetry recital with Maria Stepanova

Pushkin House is delighted to present leading poet, essayist and journalist Maria Stepanova as part of our season: 101st km - Further Everywhere, marking the centenary of the Russian revolution with a pavilion on Bloomsbury Square dedicated to the fate of suppressed Soviet poets and celebrating their voices.

This evening, we will be celebrating the voice of Stepanova. Before giving a reading of her own poetry, Stepanova will give a short talk about suppressed and persecuted poets in Soviet Russia and their influence on her own poetry. Stepanova will read from her most recent work, an ambitious and brilliant long poem ’The War of the Beasts and the Animals’ which deals with the current atmosphere in Russia and the conflict in Donbass. This work is featured in Autumn’s Modern Poetry in Translation

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Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist and the author of ten poetry collections and two books of essays. She has been awarded several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). Her current project In Memory of Memory is a book-length study in the field of cultural history. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal Colta.ru. Colta.ru covers the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia, with an audience of nearly a million visitors a month. Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist and the author of ten poetry collections and two books of essays. She has been awarded several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). Her current project In Memory of Memory is a book-length study in the field of cultural history. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal Colta.ru. Colta.ru covers the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia, with an audience of nearly a million visitors a month. Maria will read from her most recent work, an ambitious and brilliant long poem ’The War of the Beasts and the Animals’ which deals with the current atmosphere in Russia and the conflict in Donbass. This work is featured in Autumn’s Modern Poetry in Translation. 

In collaboration with Modern Poetry in Translation. 

Talk in English, poetry in Russian with some poems translated into English.

This event is part of the Poetry on the Move Season, supported by The Case Foundation.

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