We invite you to one of the first events of the upcoming Educational Bridge Project's 26th festival.
Slavic Voices: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Sylva Fischerova, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Vera Pavlova
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Boston University: The Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
Sylva Fischerova was born in 1963 in Prague. She grew up in the Moravian town of Olomouc as a daughter of non-Marxist philosopher whose works were banished under communist rule. She returned to Prague to study philosophy and physics, and later Greek and Latin, at Charles University where she now teaches ancient Greek literature and philosophy. She has published six volumes of poems in Czech, and her poetry has been translated and published in numerous languages. An earlier selection of her poems, The Tremor of Racehorses, translated by Ian and Jarmila Milner, was published by Bloodaxe in 1990. She recently began to write prose, and a book of her stories, Miracle, as well as a book for children, appeared in 2005. The Swing in the Middle of Chaos: Selected Poems, co-translated with Stuart Friebert, was published by Bloodaxe in 2009.
Vera Pavlova was born in Moscow. She is a graduate of the Schnittke College of Music and the Gnessin Academy of Music, where she specialized in history of music and wrote her dissertation on the chamber vocal cycles of Shostakovich. Pavlova has published fifteen collections of poetry, four opera librettos, and lyrics to two cantatas. Her works have been translated twenty-one languages. In the United States, Pavlova’s poems have appeared in Verse, Tin House, The New Yorker, and Poetry magazines, as well as in The New York Times. One of her poems was selected by the Poetry in Motion program and was displayed as a poster in subway cars in New York City and in Los Angeles buses; it was also issued as a bookmark by the Poetry Society of America. That poem has served as the title of Pavlova’s first collection in English, If There Is Something to Desire (Alfred A. Knopf Publishing, 2010), translated by her husband Steven Seymour.
Pushcart-Prize winner Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of five poetry collections published by Carnegie Mellon University Press including her most recent, Silvertone and Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-winner of the 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted as a Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Classic in 2008. Dzvinia’s poetry and translations have appeared in numerous anthologies, including A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology; From Three Worlds: New Writing from the Ukraine; and A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry.
Live music will be provided by the Russian soprano Maria Lyudko, Russian pianist and music scholar Ludmilla Leibman, and classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.
Free and open to the public. A reception and book-signing will follow the readings.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, the 2014 Poetry Series, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the literary journal AGNI, and the Educational Bridge Project.