R154. Goodbye, Lenin: Poets Write the Cold War and Its Aftermath

Room 101, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 1
Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. In this reading, five American poets explore landscapes of the Iron Curtain: East Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, and the Ukraine. These poets present their direct encounters with the Eastern Bloc, exploring what it means to have witnessed firsthand the traumas of Communism and to have watched as the region made its delicate transition to democracy.



Jehanne Dubrow is the author of four poetry collections, including most recently Red Army Red and Stateside. She is the director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and an assistant professor of creative writing at Washington College.

Michelle Chan Brown is the author of Double Agent. A Kundiman fellow, she has received scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and others. She was a Rackham fellow in the University of Michigan's MFA program and poetry editor of Drunken Boat.

Michael Dumanis is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and the coeditor of Russell Atkins: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He is a professor at Bennington College.

John Drury is the author of three poetry collections: The Refugee Camp, Burning the Aspern Papers, and The Disappearing Town. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

Jacob Shores-Arguello is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, the Dzanc Books ILP International Literature Award, and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown. His manuscript, In The Absence of Clocks, was awarded the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Competition.


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