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Three Russian poets

25th February 2007

Dear All
Come and Meet Three Russian Poets
From the acclaimed “Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women”
An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets
Ed. By Valentina Polukhina & Daniel Weissbort

Aleksandra Petrova Elena Fanailova Maria
Galina

“Nothing comparable currently exists in print, and it is highly
unlikely that the scope and diversity of the collection will be
matched” – Prof Helena Coscilo
“ … abundant, unexpected, Rattle-baggy hullabullo of
contemporary Russian women poets. … full of information and
interest, uniquely representative, full of the jostle and bustle of the
living scene …” – Seamus Heaney
Themes explored are based on the reality of everyday life, childhood,
womanhood…
Sponsored by Pushkin House Grant
13 March – Pushkin Club, at 7.30 pm, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury
Sq, London WCIA 2TA. The entrance to Pushkin House is on Bloomsbury Way
14 March – The New Spiro Ark Centre, 7.00pm for 7.30pm –
25-26 Enford Street, London, W1H Tickets: £5/£3 (For information and
bookings: The Spiro Ark, 25-26 Enford Street, London, W1H 1DW Tel. 020
7723 9991, Fax 020 7723 8191 Email [removed], Web site
www.spiroark.org)
15-18 March – StAnza 2007, Literary Festival at St Andrews,
Scotland
19 March – GB-Russia Society, at 6.30pm for 7.00pm, Pushkin House,
5A Bloomsbury Sq.
The Poems will read in Russian by the poets and in English translations by
Yvonne Green (English poet).

P.T.O. for biographies

Alexandra Petrova was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and graduated
from Tartu University (Estonia). In 1994-1997 she studied History of Art
at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Her first book was “Liniya
otryva” (The Point of Departure, 1994). Her second collection
“Vid na zhitel’stvo” (License to Live, 2000) was
short-listed for the Andrey Bely Literary Prize. Her philosophical play
and collection of poems have been translated into Italian (2005). Many of
her poems have been translated into Chinese, English, Hebrew and
Portuguese. She has been published in many Russian and Italian magazines
and anthologies. Currently Vivo Film production is working on a
documentary on the six contemporary European poets, including Alexandra
Petrova (Russia), Emilio Rentocchini (Italy), Simon Armitage (UK),
Michalis Canas (Greece), Michael Krueger (Germany), Jacques Reda
(France).

Elena Fanailova was born in Voronezh, Russia. She has practiced as a
doctor and taught at Voronezh University. Her poetry is published in the
leading Russian magazines, such as ‘Znamia’,
‘Rodnik’ and ‘Zerkalo’. She is the author of
several collections of poetry and was awarded the Andrey Bely Literary
Prize in 1999. Fanailova has translated the German poet Briggitt
Oleshinsky, and her own poems have been translated into English, French
and Dutch. She is the Moscow correspondent of Radio Liberty.

Maria Galina was born in Tver, Russia, but spent her childhood in Odessa.
She is by training a biologist. Her first publication was in
‘Yunost’ in 1991. In 2000-2001 she was a regular columnist for
‘Literaturnaya Gazeta’. Galina also writes prose. Her novels
have been translated into Polish, her stories into English. Dmitry Kuzmin
writes: “Maria Galina’s poetry is distinguished by its range,
from Church Slavonic to the terminology of science, with an intermixture
of Yiddish and Ukrainian. She recreates the unique and virtually lost
social dialect of the Russian-Jewish intelligentsia of Ukraine, the only
example of this in modern Russian poetry.” Amongst many literary
awards she is a recipient of the ‘Novyi Mir’ prize (2005) and
‘Moskovsky schet’ (2006).

Best wishes
Ute

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