North Carolina Poetry Society Awards Reading, Sept. 2015. Courtesy of LC Fiore. Introduction to “On the Bosphorus” begins at 02:26.

Upcoming Readings

Poetry of World War I: A Commemoration. March 15, 2018. Reading commemorating the centenary of World War I with Robert Giron, Holly Karapetkova, and Richard Peabody. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cherry Blossom Fever at the Library. March 21, 2018. Workshop on the basics of haiku. COLUMBIA PIKE BRANCH LIBRARY, 816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA. Tel. (703) 228-5710. 7:00 p.m. Free, RSVP requested.

“The Healing Power of Poetry: Pain, Disease, and Politics.” March 24, 2018. Poetry Society of Virginia Festival panel with Zeina Azzam, Steve Bucher, Cathy Hailey, and Mike Maggio. Northern Virginia Community College (Loudon Campus). Time and location TBA.

“Translators as Activists, Curators, and Cultural Interpreters” Split This Rock Poetry Festival. April 19, 2018. Panel with Francisco Aragón, Aviya Kushner, and Olga Livshin. Split This Rock Festival, NHC, Room B. 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Words for War Translation Reading, Café Muse. August 20, 2018. Introducing Alexander Cigale, Olena Jennings, Mary Kalyna, and Olga Livshin. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (metro: Friendship Heights). Tel. (301) 656-2797. 7:00 p.m.



 With Ella Davletshina, Director of “Meetings in Siberia”, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2016

Recent Readings and Residencies

Poetry at Pars Place, the Iranian-American Cultural Center. February 11, 2018. Combined reading of poets in Persian/Farsi and English. 2236-C Gallows Road @ Electric Avenue, Dunn Loring, VA, 22027. Tel. (571) 405-6060. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Poetry of the Moment. January 5, 2018. With Paulette Beete, Doritt Carroll, Leeya Mehta, Maritza Rivera, and Joseph Ross. Open mic to follow. Zed’s Café, 8225 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. 6:00 p.m.

Zed’s Café. November 3, 2017. Reading and open mic. Zed’s Café, 8225 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. 6:00 p.m.

Poetry at Parkmont. October 26, 2017. Reading with Nawaf Ashur and Sarah Browning. Parkmont School, 4842 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20011. 7:00 p.m.

Translation Reading. October 21, 2017. Reading translations with Nancy Naomi Carlson and Lola Haskins. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. 2:00 p.m.

National Translation Month Reading. September 27, 2017. Reading the poetry of Xenia Emelyanova in translation. KGB Bar and Lit Journal, 85 E. 4th Street, NYC, 10003. 7:00 p.m.

Gargoyle Magazine Launch. September 13, 2017. Reading with nine other contributors to Gargoyle’s 40th anniversary issue. American University Department of Literature, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20016. 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Café Muse. August 21, 2017. Introducing Laura Vergnaud (Ahmed Bouanani) and Mary-Sherman Willis (Jean Cocteau): Translation Reading. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (metro: Friendship Heights). Tel. (301) 656-2797. 7:00 p.m.

22nd Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival. June 17, 2017. Premiering a new poem about the Pike. Intersection of Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA. 1:00-8:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Gallery. June 11, 2017. Poetry reading with Serena Agosto-Cox, Donald Illich, Gregory Luce, and Leeya Mehta. Chesapeake Gallery, 123 Crown Park Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 20878. 3:00-5:00 p.m.

“Hear Us Roar: Arlington’s Youth Poets Take Center Stage.” Artomatic. May 6, 2017. Introducing the next generation of Arlington poets: performances by students from the Art Institute of Washington, Marymount University, the Wakefield High School Poetry Club, and Washington & Lee’s Poetry Out Loud competitors. 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA. Stage, 4th floor. 7:00-8:00 p.m.

“Echoes of Empire: Literary Dissent in the Post-Soviet World” CREECA Lecture. April 27, 2017. Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI, 53706. Tel. (608) 262-3379. 4:00 p.m.

“One World: A fast-paced evening of poetry in translation from Argentina, Russia and Uruguay.” Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI. April 26, 2017. Poetry and translation reading with Jesse Lee Kercheval, Catherine Jagoe, and friends. 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI 53704. Tel. (608) 556-7415. 8:00 p.m.

“The Power of Poetry.” Kensington International Day of the Book. April 23, 2017. Poetry and translation reading with Nancy Naomi Carlson, Christina Daub, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, and Roman Kostovski. Downtown Kensington, MD. 3:00 p.m.

“The Poet Is In.” April 23, 2017. Poetry written on the fly. Columbia Pike Farmers Market, Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA, 22204. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

“Shake It Up: Strategies for Challenging Your Own Work.” Conversations and Connections Conference. April 22, 2017. “Shake it Up: Ways to Challenge Your Own Work” round table with Caroline Bock, Brandel France de Bravo, Holly Karapetkova, and Susan Mockler. George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201. 9:30 a.m.

District Lit Reading. Artomatic, April 15, 2017. Reading with Kim Roberts, Marlena Chertok, Meg Eden, and J.D. Smith, sponsored by District Lit and Redux. 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA. Workshop 2, 6th floor. 7:00-10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Happy Hour)

Moving Words Poetry Reading. April 9, 2017. Introducing winners of the 2017 Moving Words Poetry competition, followed by a reading of the winning poems. Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. 4:00 p.m.

Celebration of Poetry. Arlington Central Library, April 8, 2017. Introducing a festival that showcases music, dance, art, and bookmaking in conjunction with poetry. 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Café Muse. February 27, 2017. Poetry and translation reading with Alana Marie Levinson-Labrosse. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (metro: Friendship Heights). Tel. (301) 656-2797. 7:00 p.m.

The Thin Wedge: Translation and Poetry + Krewe of No Other Reading and Party. February 11, 2017. AWP offsite reading. Archipelago, 1201 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009. 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) Conference. February 9, 2017. “From the Fishouse: A Bilingual Reading of Poets from Around the World” reading with Ani Gjika, Piotr Gwiazda, Jesse Lee Kercheval, and Kristine Ong Muslim. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 204C (second level). 3:00 p.m.

Poetry Speak Out. January 21, 2017. “Poetry Speak Out – Resistance Open Mic” reading with poets from around the U.S. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004. 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Writers Resist: Arlington. January 15, 2017. Poetry reading and open mic with Arlington, VA, poets. One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St, Ste 101, Arlington, Virginia 22213. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony for Libby Garvey. December 13, 2016. Remarks and first reading of a new poem, “Women’s Work,” to mark the occasion. Arlington County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA. 5:00 p.m.

Reston Readings. October 30, 2016. Reading and book signing with Josh Pachter and Steven Leyva. Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA 20190. Tel. (703) 435-9772. 5:30 p.m.

American Literary Translators Association Conference. October 9, 2016. “Russian Poetry and Prose” bilingual reading (with Marian Schwartz, Jesse Irwin, J. Kates, and Jamie Olson). 11:15 a.m.

American Literary Translators Association Conference. October 7, 2016. “Translation and the Minority Languages of the Former Soviet Union” panel. 11:00 a.m.

Confluence 2016: Translation in the Capital Area. October 1, 2016. “Wanted: Translators Seeking Literary Texts” panel discussion with Nancy Naomi Carlson (moderator), Rick Black, Robert Giron, and Barbara Goldberg. Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Health Sciences Center, Babel room (HC 122). 2:00 p.m.

American Center (Moscow, Russia). September 19, 2016. “Being a Poet Laureate” reading of poetry and translations. U.S. Embassy, Novinsky Bulvar, 21, Moscow, Russian Federation. 6:30 p.m.

“Meetings in Siberia” International Festival of Documentary Films. September 15, 2016. “Meeting with American poet and translator Katherine Young” reading and discussion. Cinema Pobeda, ul. Lenina, 7, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.


With Rose Solari at the Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham, UK (photo courtesy of Gill Garrett).

Cafe Muse. August 15, 2016. Introducing Nancy Naomi Carlson and Jesse Lee Kercheval: Poetry in Translation. The Writer’s Center4508 Walsh St, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Tel. (301) 654-8664. 7:00 p.m.

Arlington County, VA, Board Meeting. July 19, 2016. Installation as inaugural poet laureate of Arlington, VA. Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Room 307, Arlington, VA. 3:00 p.m.

Split This Rock Poetry FestivalApril 16, 2016. “Translation Ethics in the Digital World” roundtable with Patricia Davis and Tanya Paperny. Human Rights Campaign Room 105 C, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Suffolk Anthology. April 4, 2016. Reading and book signing with Rose Solari. 17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE, tel. 01242 361 362. 6:00 p.m. Read Gill Garrett’s blog post on the reading here.

Oxford Literary Festival. April 2, 2016. “Wayfaring Strangers: Two American Poets on Identity Beyond Borders” reading and book signing with Rose Solari. Jesus College Lecture Theatre, Oxford, UK, 2:00 p.m. Tickets: £12.

North Carolina Poetry SocietySeptember 19, 2015. Annual awards reading, Q&A to follow reading, Weymouth Center For the Arts, Southern Pines, NC.  10:30 a.m.

Scuppernong Books. September 18, 2015. Reading and book signing. 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. Tel. (336)763-1919.  7:00 p.m.

Cafe Muse. September 3, 2015.Beltway Poetry Quarterly Translation Issue” Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (metro: Friendship Heights). Tel. (301) 656-2797.  7:00 p.m.

Virginia Festival of the Book. March 21, 2015. Reading and book signing with Patrick Phillips and Mary-Sherman Willis, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.

Virginia Festival of the Book. March 22, 2015 “From Printer to Programmer, Publisher & Poet: a Conversation about Poetry and Digital Books,” CitySpace-Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA.

Shakespeare Theatre Company, Poet in Residence, February 28, 2015. Washington, DC.

Shakespeare Theatre Company, Poet in Residence, February 6, 2015. Washington, DC.

Politics and Prose, January 31, 2015. Reading and book signing with Judith Bowles and Rose Solari. Washington, DC.

Hawthornden Castle, Resident Fellow, January 2015. Edinburgh, Scotland.

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