Broward County Library is hosting a Ukrainian themed poetry celebration. Ukrainian poets will discuss the history of Ukrainian poetry and read their poems.
This is an online event.
Panelist One – Iya Yanivna Kiva
Iya Yanivna Kiva (another spelling – Ija Kiva) (Ukrainian; born May 4, 1984) is a Ukrainian poet, translator, journalist, and critic. She is the author of the books, Further from Heaven, The First Page of Winter, and We Will Wake Up to Others: Conversations with Contemporary Belarusian Writers on the Past, Present and Future of Belarus. She is a member of PEN Ukraine. Kiva writes in Ukrainian and Russian.
Panelist Two – Lyuba Yakimchuk
An award-winning Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk was born in 1985 in Pervomaisk, Luhansk region, and currently resides in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including “Apricots of Donbas,” which sheds light on people’s experiences in war-torn regions. She has earned several prestigious awards, including the International Slavic Poetic Award. The book was listed in Forbes magazine, Ukraine’s Top 10 books about the war, and published in Ukrainian, English, Polish, and Estonian. It is going to be published in French and Swedish languages. Lyuba’s poetry has received international acclaim and has been translated into over 20 languages. Leading media outlets such as the New York Times, BBC, CBC, and CNN have covered her works. In 2022 she performed her poetry at Grammys as part of John Legend’s “Free” performance, dedicated to Ukraine. In addition, she was named among the one hundred most influential people in the arts in Ukraine by Kyiv’s New Time magazine (2015).
Panelist Three – Oksana Lutsyshyna
Oksana Lutsyshyna is a Ukrainian writer, translator, and poet, author of three novels, collection of short stories, and five books of poetry, the latest of them published in the English translation in 2019 (Persephone Blues, Arrowsmith). For her latest novel, now forthcoming in English from Dep Vellum Publishing, Ivan and Phoebe, she was awarded Lviv City of Literature UNESCO Prize (2020) and the Taras Shevchenko National Award in fiction (2021). She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches the Ukrainian language and Eastern European literature in translation.
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