A Humanitarian Aid Kit of War Songs

Cultural Event
Event Format
In person
Byerly Hall Library, Radcliffe Yard

A reading and discussion with Ukrainian poets Iya Kiva and Halyna Kruk, moderated by Amelia Glaser. Poems will be read in the original and in translation.

Iya Kiva is a poet, translator, and journalist. She was born in Donetsk and fled the war in 2014 to settle in Kyiv. Shortly after arriving, she began shifting from writing in her native Russian to writing in her second language, Ukrainian. She is the author of two volumes of poetry and the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry and translation.

Halyna Kruk is a poet, translator, and Medieval literature professor at Lviv State University. She has been recognized as a significant voice in Ukrainian poetry since her twenties. She has published five collected volumes of poetry and two volumes of prose fiction. Her children’s fiction has been rendered into fifteen languages. She has won numerous Ukrainian and European awards for her writing.

Please note that we ask that all attendees be ready to show up-to-date vaccination cards. We recommend wearing a mask for this in-person event. You also can join this event on Zoom. 




This event is sponsored by the Harvard Slavic Department, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and PEN America, with thanks to the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute, Arrowsmith Press, and the MIT Center for International Studies.


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