[CANCELED] Call Me a Sinner: Four Russian Poets on Queer & Feminist Liberation

04 May 2020
8:00 pm-9:30 pm
St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, Parish Hall
131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

Four contemporary women poets read from their work and discuss the future of queer liberation, radical feminism, and social progress in their home country, Russia, where injustices facing LGBTQI citizens are profound but rarely discussed in public. Oksana Vasyakina works through her experience with domestic violence in the poetry collection Wind Rage (translated title) while poet Lolita Agamalova pushes the boundaries on “unspeakable” issues like queer desire and gendered violence. Adding to the conversation are diasporic poets Gala Mukomolova and Alina Pleskova, who came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union as children. Mukomolova’s latest monograph, Without Protection, revises fables to examine her identity as a Russian, Jewish person, refugee, New Yorker and lesbian, while Pleskova explores her own brand of fierce feminism in her chapbook, What Urge Will Save Us.

This event is made possible with support from the Poetry Project.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Lolita Agamalova
Oksana Vasyakina
Alina Pleskova
Gala Mukomolova

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