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International Writers Series: Matvei Yankelevich

In this virtual reading and discussion, distinguished guest Matvei Yankelevich will present his work as a poet, translator, and co-founder of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse. Yankelevich will be joined in discussion by Anca Roncea, a PhD student in Comparative Literature in the track for international writers.

Free and open to all, pre-registration required.

The International Writers Series is a collaboration between the International Writers track of the Program in Comparative Literature and the University Libraries at Washington University to celebrate new publications of creative works by writers and translators in the Washington University in St. Louis community and beyond. The discussions are moderated by Matthias Goeritz, Professor of Practice of Comparative Literature.

Matvei Yankelevich is a poet, translator, and editor whose books include the long poem Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), a poetry collection, Alpha Donut (United Artists), and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea (Octopus), and several chapbooks including the recent From a Winter Notebook (Alder & Frankia). His translations from Russian include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook) and, with Eugene Ostashevsky, Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received the National Translation Award.

In the 1990s, he co-founded Ugly Duckling Presse where he edited, designed, and printed a variety of books, chapbooks, and broadsides over the course of twenty-five years. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for Humanities. He teaches translation and book arts at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.