the POETRY of FRIENDS and STRANGERS. A trio of rising talents on Russia’s vibrant poetry scene – Dina Gatina, Lev Oborin and Alla Gorbunova – among the most compelling voices in their country’s poetic evolving poetic tradition, come to the New York Public Library. These provocative young poets read from their work, discuss the variety and richness of contemporary Russian verse, and open up their art and its role in Russia’s volatile political and social realities.
Reading alongside them will be Matthew Yeager, Tina Chang and Heather Christie, key American poets whose work, both in breadth of vision and acclaim, complements and contrasts with that of the Russian poets in interesting and revealing ways.
David Lehman of The Best American Poetry hosts poets Alla Gorbunova, Heather Christie, Matthew Yeager, Lev Oborin, Tina Chang and Dina Gatina.
Alla Gorbunova Born in 1985 in St. Petersburg, on Vasilievsky Island, Alla Gorbunova graduated from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg University in 2008 with majors in social philosophy and the philosophy of history. She currently works as a translator, reviewer, and journalist, and teaches philosophy at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. First and foremost, however, she is a poet. In 2005, Alla won the Debut Prize for her poetry. Since then, she has published two widely read collections of poetry, the latest of which has been short-listed for the Andrei Bely Prize.
Heather Christie Ms. Christie was born in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 1980. Her three poetry collections are What Is Amazing, The Difficult Farm, and The Trees The Trees. This year, the last of was honored with the Believer Poetry Award. Heather Christie teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She also serves as Web Editor for jubilat and coordinates lectures for the Royal Society of Hadley for Improving Natural Knowledge at Flying Object, in western Massachusetts, where she lives.
Lev Oborin A highly influential young poet and critic. Born in 1987 in Moscow, he graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities with a degree in philology. He is currently a graduate student there, studying Russian-British cultural ties. He has been the originator of a web site dedicated to experimental poetry and a guitarist in an indie rock band. He is also a translator (poetry and essays from English into Russian).
Tina Chang Tina Chang is the reigning Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, an honor she has held since 2010. Born in 1969 in Oklahoma, she was raised in New York. Currently, Ms. Chang teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She has has published several collections of her verse and been the editor of a number of anthologies. Tina Chang’s poems have appeared numerous important publications, among them The American Poet and The New York Times. She has received awards from Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poets & Writers.
Matthew Yeager The son of a coal miner’s daughter, Yeager was raised in Cincinnati and has lived in New York City since 2002. His poems have appeared in NANOfiction, Sixthfinch, Bat City Review, Supermachine, Gulf Coast, as well as The Best American Poetry 2005 and The Best American Poetry 2010. His short film “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY ApartmentтАЭ was an official selection at thirteen film festivals in 2009 and 2010, picking up three awards. Other distinctions include the 2009 Barthelme Prize in Short Prose and two MacDowell fellowships. His work is widely taught. A first book of poetry is forthcoming from NGM Books.
Dina Gatina Born in 1981 in the Russian provinces, in the town of Engels, Dina Gatina graduated first the Saratov Arts School and then the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. She currently lives in St, Petersburg, where she works as an artist, illustrator and, of course, poet. In 2001, she made the short list of the Debut Prize for her poetry; then, in 2002, she won the prize outright in the short prose category.
Moderated by David Lehman, one of the foremost editors, literary critics, and anthologists of contemporary American literature. David Lehman is also one of its most accomplished poets. Born in New York City in 1948, Lehman earned a PhD from Columbia University and attended the University of Cambridge as a Kellett Fellow. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, creator of The Best American Poetry series, and editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Lehman’s numerous honors include fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. David Lehman is a member of the faculty at both the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City.
This event is brought to you by «CAUSA ARTIUM», a NYC-based arts non-profit, in cooperation with the Debut Prize Foundation.
For over a decade, the Debut Prize has sought out young Russian-speaking literary talent the world over. Receiving as many as 70,000 submissions annually, Debut is a vast competition, one of Russia’s elite literary honors and a landmark in the literary calendar, the brainchild of Andrei Skoch, a noted philanthropist, businessman and member of the Russian parliament.
Part of The New Russian Literature
***For the general English-speaking public.*** -The readings will be in Russian and English.-
***There will be a reception following the reading and discussion with an opportunity to meet the poets.***

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