VIRTUAL: Writing, Translating, and Publishing Queer Ukrainian Literature

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Russia's war against Ukraine brought a realization that the global literary community had limited knowledge of Ukrainian literature past and present, and also a keen interest to learn more. Obscured by centuries of imperial discrimination and entrenched prejudicial stereotypes, Ukrainian literary voices are finally beginning to be heard. This roundtable spotlights Ukrainian queer literary voices and the challenges of bringing Ukrainian queer texts to English-language audiences.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Event_Outline_V123.pdf



Oleh Kotsyuba is the manager of publications at Harvard University's Ukrainian Research Institute where he directs the program of publishing scholarly monographs, translations of literary works and documents, and of the peer-reviewed journal, Harvard Ukrainian Studies.

Alex Averbuch is a poet, translator, and scholar. He is the author of three books of poetry. His publications have appeared in the Manhattan Review, Copper Nickel, Plume, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Words Without Borders. His book The Jewish King was a finalist for the Shevchenko National Prize.

Vitaly Chernetsky is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Kansas. His translations from the Ukrainian include two novels and a poetry collection by Yuri Andrukhovych, a novel by Sophia Andrukhovych, and two children's books by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv.

Ivan Kozlenko is a Ukrainian film scholar, writer, culture manager, and a former director of Ukraine's national film archive, Dovzhenko Center. His novel, Tangier, was shortlisted for the national, most prestigious BBC Book of The Year Award in 2017.

Iryna Shuvalova is a Norway-based Ukrainian poet, scholar, and translator. She authored five award-winning books of poetry and coedited Ukraine's first anthology of queer writing. Her work has been translated into twenty-three languages. She holds a PhD in Slavonic studies from the University of Cambridge.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center