Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tolstoy Centennial with Polina Barskova, Ilya Kaminsky, and Boris Dralyuk

Chin Music

The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Polina Barskova, Ilya Kaminsky, and Boris Dralyuk

Thursday, 10 February 2010 @ 7:00 PM

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY (between St. Marks and Bergen Streets)

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Please join us for a special Chin Music Tolstoy Centennial celebration featuring bilingual readings of poetry and a staged reading in Russian from Tolstoy’s How Much Land Does A Man Need, the inaugural title from Calypso Editions. Featuring Polina Barskova, Ilya Kaminsky, and Boris Dralyuk. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller. Special thanks to Melville House.

Calypso Editions is a an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. Our only criteria is excellence.

Located on Fourth Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, near the Atlantic/Pacific subway hub, Pacific Standard is a literary bar serving up eighteen microbrews on tap and cask (including both West Coast and local breweries), fine wines and liquors, and tasty snacks like chips and salsa, and meat and cheese plates.


Polina Barskova, born in 1976, is widely regarded as the most important Russian poet of her generation. Her first book of poems was published when she was still a teenager. After receiving a degree in Russian Literature and Classics from St. Petersburg University, she came to the US where she earned a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from UC Berkeley. Author of seven books of poetry, The Zoo in Winter: Selected Poems is her first collection in English. Barskova teaches at Hampshire College.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, in 1977, and arrived in the United States in 1993 when his family was granted asylum by the American government. Ilya is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and was named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord Magazine. In 2009, poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry's Levinson Prize. Harper Collins published his anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, in 2010. Kaminsky is the Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute and lives in San Diego, California, with his beautiful wife, Katie Farris.

Boris Dralyuk is completing his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of literary and academic journals, including Poetry International, Zeek, Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian History. He and David Stromberg have recently translated and edited Polina Barskova’s The Zoo in Winter: Selected Poems (Melville House, 2011).

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