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.

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. 


In his foreword to the book, Ilya Kaminsky writes: This is a book that lays all its cards on the table. We see poetic influences, yes. We see conversations, yes. We see various voices as they enter Livshin’s life. But we also see the music of play, both textual and mundane, play that allows others to enter and tango and transform. Feel free to read a few poems from the book here

I am passionate about helping writers, organizations, and individuals transitioning tell the stories of what's at the core of their book projects to make people energized & delighted about buying & reading their work. And about communication for nonprofit organizations. Check out how I might help you communicate your story here.

These are trying times. I co-organize the reading series on immigration called "From Across the Waters" with Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. For more information about "From Across the Waters," please feel free to write me at olga@olgalivshin.com

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Welcome, and enjoy your stay!

Book tour

Thursday, March 5, #AWP20 Cheburashka Collective off-site reading at 7:30 PM, @Web House, a Russian bar & restaurant, 320 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX

Saturday, March 7, 1:45 PM at #AWP20, Lightning Readings by Writer to Writer Alumni at  The Michener Center for Writers Stage, Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX

Sunday, March 8, 6 PM, private reading in Austin, TX; email for details

Sunday, March 15, 2 PM reading with Jenna Lê and Ahmad Almallah, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 1, 3:30 PM, reading & discussion at Brandeis University, details coming soon

Friday, April 3, DC Metro launch at 6 PM @Zed's Cafe, 8225 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 PM, @ the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, 420 W 118th St, New York

Friday, April 10, @ the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, in conversation with Eleonor Gilburd (University of Chicago), as part of a CEERES of Voices, 6 PM, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago

Sunday, May 17, DC-ALT presentation,  2PM, Washington, DC, location TBA

Wednesday, May 27, with Larissa Shmailo, Michelle Whittaker, and Henry Gray at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front St, Brooklyn

More events coming soon. To find out more, come follow me on Twitter @olgalivshin or Facebook @alifereplaced.


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