Poet Companions: Harriet Levin and Olga Livshin (PRINCE STREET)

Like #metoo furies on fire," (Tupelo Quaterly) Levin's My Oceanography plunges into psychic depths to confront desire, envy, and loss. The life and work of post-minimalist sculptor Eva Hesse serves as a starting point, yet these poems' borders extend far beyond ekphrasis in their imaginative renderings of Hesse’s life against the demands of her art. 

Harriet Levin is the author of three poetry collections, The Christmas Show (Beacon Press), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and a Philadelphia Inquirer Best Book of the Year) Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books, a National Poetry Series finalist) and My Oceanography (Cavankerry). She is also the author of the novel, How Fast Can You Run, a novel based on the life of Michael Majok Kuch (originally excerpted in The Kenyon Review and profiled on NPR). She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University. 


Livshin's poems are braided with her translations in A Life Replaced, published this summer by Poets & Traitors Press. Maggie Smith, Rosanna Warren, Nomi Stone, and Ellen Litman praise the "ecstatic voices" of her translations, the "wit, sorrow, and fury" of her poems, and the "sensuous, funny, and dark" talent of the collection as a whole. Ilya Kaminsky has provided the foreword to this hybrid book that reanimates the category.

Olga Livshin is the author of A Life Replaced: Poems with Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman (2019). Her work has been recognized by CALYX journal’s Lois Cranston Memorial Prize, the Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Project, and Slice Literary’s Bridging the Gap award. Poems, translations, and essays are published in The Kenyon Review Online, International Poetry Review, Poetry International, and other journals. As a translator, she was a finalist for the 2018 Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation and received an honorable mention in the Poets & Patrons Chicagoland Competition. She holds a PhD in Slavic Literature and taught Russian language and literature at the university level full-time before focusing on writing and translation.



Event date: 

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

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52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012 MANHATTAN , NY United States
My Oceanography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933880679
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Published: CavanKerry Press - October 2nd, 2018

A Life Replaced: Poems with Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999073735
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Published: Poets and Traitors Inc. - June 25th, 2019