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Drexel PEN Society Winter Event: Words for War, New Poems from Ukraine

  • Writers Room Studio 3250 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

We invite you to come to Drexel PEN Society's Winter event! We are PEN America's only undergraduate PEN chapter. Come  join a community of writers interested in sharing their work and in creating a space on Drexel's campus for social justice. 

Drexel PEN Society presents Words for War: New Poems from Ukrainefeaturing translators Katherine E. Young, Mary Kalyna, and Olga Livshin. An open discussion about the poems and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine is to follow.

Katherine E. Young’s Day of the Border Guards was a 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist. Her award-winning translations of Russian authors have been widely published. Young is a 2017 NEA translation fellow and lives in Arlington, VA

 Mary Kalyna’s research has appeared in the Ukrainian Weekly, among others. Her current research           documents the experience of Ukrainian forced laborers in Nazi Germany. A life-long activist for women's rights, human rights, and social justice, she was a key organizer in support of the EuroMaidan in Philadelphia (2013-2014). She lives in Philadelphia.

Olga Livshin’s work appears in The Kenyon Review and Poetry International, and has been widely published. Her work has been recognized, among others, by CALYX ’s Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and the Gabo Translation Prize. She lives in Bryn Mawr.

RSVP (suggested but not required) email Drexel PEN faculty adviser Harriet Millan at

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