Where It Used to Be Home: Writing Russia and Ukraine under the Trump Administration

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Photo of Poet Olga Livshin

Holman Room, Mary Lyon Hall, Wheaton College
26 E. Main Street, Norton, MA

Olga Livshin will discuss how culture, translation, history, current events and her own biography intermingle in her 2019 book of poems, A Life Replaced, which reflects on the experience of living as an immigrant under the Trump administration and with Putin's war on Ukraine looming. Raised in Odessa and Moscow, Livshin writes witness poetry about xenophobia, war, and strongmen at the helm on both sides of the world. The book braids original poetry in English with translations from Anna Akhmatova, the great poet of 20th-century Russia, and Vladimir Gandelsman, fellow immigrant and winner of the Moscow Reckoning, Russia's highest prize for poetry.

Livshin’s poems, translations, and essays appear in The Kenyon Review and Poetry International, and are widely published. She holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature, and taught at the university level for a number of years before focusing on writing and translation.


Olga Livshin, Russian-American Poet

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; hosted at Wheaton College. 

For more information, please contact Professor Tom Dolack at Wheaton College at (508) 286-3698.


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