I am a writer who helps others tell their stories. My family is from Odesa, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia, and I am from berries and tea and poetry.
I teach individualized and reading-rich creative writing lessons for children over Zoom. Emphasis is on tapping into the individual young person's voice, building their writing skills, and helping them develop confidence as a writer and reader. We read international and diverse literature along with Anglo-American classics of children's literature.
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 Books and Reading in Translation.
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Welcome, and enjoy your stay!
Recent Readings & Events
War in Ukraine, Gender, & Poetry
Florida International University
With Ana Menendez, moderator
Julia Dasbach, poet
Lyudmila Khersonska, poet
Alexandra Cornelius & Rebecca Friedman, chairs
April 4, 2022
4 PM Eastern Time (US)
Ukrainian American Poets Respond
Yara Arts Group and Poets of Queens present “Ukrainian American Poets Respond” with poets reading their own work in Ukrainian and English
April 14, 2022
7 PM Eastern Time (US)
To find out more, follow me on social media at @olgalivshin.