For Immediate Release

To celebrate the publication of CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY

A bilingual reading with Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova, and Yuli Gugolev

March 26, 2008

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation announces a bilingual poetry reading in celebration of CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY, featuring Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova, and Yuli Gugolev, with translations read by distinguished American poets. The event is co-sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and Dalkey Archive Press.

What: Bilingual poetry reading with Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova, and Yuli Gugolev. Introductions by Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine. Translations will be read by Elise Paschen, Christina Pugh, Srikanth Reddy, Tony Triglio, David Trinidad, and Nick Twemlow.
When: Tuesday, 1 April, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fullerton Hall, Art Institute, 111 South Michigan Avenue

Admission is free. A book signing will follow the reading.
For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.


The featured poets will also share the work of fellow Russian poets Ivan Zhdanov, Maria Stepanova, and Aleksandr Eremenko, all of whose poems are included in the new anthology. Complimentary copies of the April translation issue of Poetry magazine will be given to attendees.

Evgeny Bunimovich was born in 1954 in Moscow. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Yestestvenniy otbor [Natural Selection] (Moscow: MIKPRO, 2001), which won the Moscow Prize in Literature and Art. He is a recipient of the Order of Academic Palms (France) and President of the Moscow International Festival of Poets.

Elena Fanailova was born in 1962 in the Voronezhskaya region. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Russkaya versiya [Russian Version] (Moscow: Zapasniy Vykhod, 2005). An English translation of her work is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. She is the winner of the Andrei Bely Prize (1999) and the Moskovskiy schyot Grand Prize (2003).

Yuli Gugolev was born in 1964 in Moscow. He is a translator and the author of two books of poetry, including Komandirovochnye predpisaniya [Official Instructions] (Moscow: Novoe izdatel'stvo, 2006), which won the Moskovskiy schyot Grand Prize. He works in the regional division of the International Commission of the Red Cross in the Russian Federation.

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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit poetryfoundation.org.

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