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


Upcoming Readings


DiVerse Translation Reading. March 10, 2019. Reading translations with Joelle Biele and Martha Sanchez-Lowery. Gaithersburg Public Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 20879. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Azerbaijan: Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis — a Conversation with Translator Katherine E. Young and Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich. March 18, 2019. Translation reading and discussion. Merten Hall 1204, George Mason University, 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030. 3:00-4:15 p.m. To be rescheduled.

“Manuscripts Burn: On Translating Contemporary Russian-Language Works of Witness.” March 26, 2019. Discussion and reading featuring translations of Akram Aylisli, Xenia Emelyanova, Lyudmyla Khersonska, Iya Kiva, and more. Pushkin House, London, England. 19:00-20:30.

“Personal and Political: Ethics in Translation.” April 6, 2019. Keynote address, Confluence. Details TBA.

Annual Ellen Anderson Reading, Poetry Society of Virginia. April 27, 2019. 8333 Little River Turnpike, CA302, Annandale, VA. 2:00 p.m.

“Inna Kabysh in English.” Kensington International Day of the Book. April 28, 2019. Details TBA.

“A Tribute to Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri.” May 18, 2019. With Elizabeth Hazen, Reuben Jackson, and Rose Solari. Gaithersburg Book Festival, details TBA.


Recent Readings and Residencies


St. Petersburg Review 9 publication reading. February 24, 2019. Reading with Teresa Carmody, Ru Freeman, Laura McCarty, Larissa Shmailo, and Katherine Vaz. KGB Bar and Lit Journal, 85 E. 4th Street, NYC, 10003. 7:00 p.m.

Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine. February 12, 2019. Reading with Mary Kalyna and Olga Livshin. Drexel PEN Society reading, Writers Room, Drexel University, 3250 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

“Translation Becomes the Poet.” January 31, 2019. Lecture, poetry reading, and lunch (lecture and reading free, lunch option for a fee, details TBA). Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I street NW, Washington, DC, 20006. 12:00 p.m.

“Introducing Farewell, Aylis. January 8, 2019. A conversation with Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich about the novellas of Akram Aylisli. Politics and Prose at the Wharf. 7:00 p.m. Video available here.

Artspace in Herndon Reading. December 7, 2018. Poetry reading with George Adamson and JR Rhine. ArtSpace, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170. 7:00 p.m.

Armistice Day/Veterans Day Commemoration. November 11, 2018. Reading poems of World War I. Clarendon Central Park, 3140 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m..

Poetry and Politics. November 9, 2018. Reading with Sarah Browning and Tara Campbell. Open mic to follow. Center for Contemporary Political Art. Mather Studios, 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC. 7:30 p.m.

Translations and More. November 4, 2018. Reading translations and English-language work with Karen Kovacik and Ayla Walter. Irvington Vinyl & Books, 9 Johnson Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46219. 12:00-1:30 p.m.

American Literary Translators Association. November 2, 2018. “High Wire Act: the Translator as Human Rights Activist” with Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Seth Michelson. Moderator and panelist. 9:00 a.m.

American Literary Translators Association. November 1, 2018. Bilingual reading 1: Politics. Moderator and reader (from Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis). 9:00 a.m.

Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine Translation Reading, Café Muse. August 20, 2018. Introducing Alexander Cigale, 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.

Hear at Martha’s: Building to Crescendo. June 19, 2018. Poetry reading with Paul Fauteux, Emilio Iasiello, and Sarah Ann Winn. Martha Washington Community Library6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, Virginia 22307. 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Columbia Pike Blues Festival. June 16, 2018. Debuting a new poem to celebrate Arlington. Stage at Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed Dr. Reading time 2:00 p.m.

VOICE AS A BRIDGE: A multi-language poetry reading. June 5, 2018. Poetry as a Global Force, produced by Grace Cavalieri. Cultural curator Renato Miracco hosts poets reading in English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Italian, Scotch, Persian, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Indian, Arabic, Russian, plus African American Ensemblage. Free and open to the public, no reservations, seating limited. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I street NW, Washington, DC, 20006. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wear Orange Arlington. June 1, 2018. Wearing orange and reading poetry as part of Gun Violence Awareness Day. Arlington Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22201. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Poetry of Engagement: A panel conversation.” Conversations and Connections Conference. May 12, 2017. Round table with Yao Glover, Holly Karapetkova, Susan Mockler, and Sarah Trembath. George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201. 10:45 a.m.

“Translators as Activists, Curators, and Cultural Interpreters” Split This Rock Poetry Festival. April 19, 2018. Panel with Francisco Aragón, Ilya Kaminsky, Aviya Kushner, and Olga Livshin. Split This Rock Festival, National Housing Center, 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, Room B. 3:30-5:00 p.m.

“Embrace Your Voice: A Night of Poetry” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April 17, 2018. Words and stories related to and opposing violence against individuals in all walks of life. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314. TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY: 6:30-8:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.

“Cherry Blossom Fever at the Library.” RESCHEDULED for April 11, 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 Poet Is In.” April 11, 2018. Writing poetry for you on the fly. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA, 22204. 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Moving Words Winners Reading. April 8, 2018. Reading with judge Teri Cross Davis and Moving Words winners Dorothy Bendel, Eric Forsbergh, JoAnne Growney, DL Matilla, Lara Payne, and Maggie Rosen. New District Brewing Company, 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington, VA 22206. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

“The Healing Power of Poetry: Pain, Disease, and Politics.” March 24, 2018. Panel and reading with Zeina Azzam, Steve Bucher, and Mike Maggio, moderated by Cathy Hailey. Poetry Society of Virginia (Northern Region) 2018 Poetry Festival. Northern Virginia Community College Loudon Campus, Waddell Building, 21200 Campus Drive Sterling, VA 20164-8699. Free Parking in the “B” Lots. 11:00 a.m.

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.

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Raise Your Voice Against Violence. March 6, 2018. Poetry and music in solidarity with Parkland. With singer-songwriter Tabi Terusiak, Wakefield High School Poetry Club, poets of Marymount University, Susan Mockler, Barrett Fife (Students Demand Action DMV), Jacqueline Jules, Karim Wasfi (former Conductor, Iraqi Symphony Orchestra; founder, Peace Through Arts), the Hon. J. Walter Tejada (former Chair, Arlington County Board; President, Virginia Latino Leaders Council), and David Hale. Cafe Sazon, 4704 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204. 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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.

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Rally for Charlottesville, Courthouse Plaza, Arlington, VA August 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Justin Wu)


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.

Gallery at Chesapeake DiVerse 11 June 2017

“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)Artomatic District Lit and Redux 2017

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.

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Poetry Speak Out after the Women’s March, January 21, 2017 (photo courtesy of Sarah Browning)

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 Ella Davletshina, Director of “Meetings in Siberia”

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.


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

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.

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

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