R264. Mandelstam in America

Room 513, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Despite the relative difficulty of his poetry, Russian modernist Osip Mandelstam has enjoyed enduring attention from North American and other English-speaking translators and poets. At least part of this attention is due to the civic concerns that inform his work and to his explorations of the construct of the free self in Western society. In this panel translators of Mandelstam join with poets, scholars, and an editor to discuss why Mandelstam continues to matter in America.



Martha Kelly is assistant professor of Russian at the University of Missouri. She has two books forthcoming: Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism & Its New Religious Aesthetic and a coedited anthology Russian Silver Age Poetry. She researches and translates Russian modernist and contemporary poetry.

Alex Cigale's English language poems and his translations from Russian have appeared in Colorado, Kenyon, New England, and the Literary Reviews, Literary Imagination, Modern Poetry in Translation, PEN America, TriQuarterly, and World Literature Today. He is a 2015 NEA Literary Translation Fellow.

Matvei Yankelevich is a writer and translator. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series and coedits 6x6. He is a member of the writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Philip Nikolayev, an internationally published poet and literary translator, is also founder and coeditor in chief of Fulcrum, a serial anthology of poetry and aesthetics. His poetry collections include Monkey Time (winner of the 2001 Verse Prize) and Letters from Aldenderry.

Val Vinokur teaches at The New School, where he is director of Jewish culture, chair of literary and cultural studies in the BA Program for Adults, and associate professor of literature at Eugene Lang College. He is the author of The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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