I am a writer who helps others tell their stories. My family is from Odessa and Moscow, and I am from berries and tea and poetry.

I teach engaging, individualized, and reading-rich creative writing lessons for children over Zoom. It is my absolutely favorite job (I've been a professor of Russian, editor, commercial translator...). The kids say they appreciate it as a creative outlet as well as a source of growth. Click here for more information.

My book A Life Replaced  (Poets & Traitors, 2019) braids together poems on immigration in America with translations from Anna Akhmatova and our contemporary Vladimir Gandelsman, winner of Russia's highest award for poetry, the Moscow Reckoning. Many poems are responses to these two voices; some are stand-alone works. The foreword is by Ilya Kaminsky. You can read reviews in the Los Angeles Review of BooksReading in Translation.

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Welcome, and enjoy your stay!

Readings & Events


Multilingual Poetry Festival - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Original poetry in English and translations into Ukrainian by Olga Khometa. April 30, 2021, 12:45-2 PM Eastern Time. Zoom link to follow. 
Contemporary Ukrainian Diaspora & Emigre Literature Reading Series. Online at the Toronto-based gallery KUMF, May 2, 1 PM Eastern Time.  Zoom link to follow. ​
Contributor Reading: 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium, at the Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia. May 20, 7 PM Eastern Time; Zoom link to follow.

To find out more, follow me on social media at @olgalivshin.