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November 14, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: 5057 Woodward #10302 | Map
5057 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

Poet, translator, and publisher Matvei Yankelevich returns to Detroit to present his work in poetry and translation for the Open Field Reading Series at Wayne State University, Tuesday, November 14, 4 PM, in the English Department Conference Room, 10302 5057 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. He will read from his own recent work, Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, as well as translations of Russian avant-garde poetry. WSU student Sara Jayyousi will open the reading with recent work.

Working between the experimental poetics of the Russian tradition and a Brooklyn-inflected inheritance of the New York School, Matvei Yankelevich’s poetry is public and self-reflective, world-making and language-based, interpretively dense and disarmingly witty. In addition to Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, published by Black Square Editions in 2015, Matvei has authored Alpha Donut: The Collected Shorter Works (United Artists, 2012) and a conceptual novella,Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books, 2009). He has translated Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms, the surrealist/absurdist writer of the Soviet 1920s, and co-translated An Invitation for Me to Think by the avant-garde poet Alexander Vvendesky (National Translation Award, 2014). He is one of the founding editors of the important Ugly Duckling Presse, a Brooklyn-based alternative publisher, where he curates its Eastern European Poets Series and its chapbook series, 6x6. He teaches at Queens College, Columbia University, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Sara Jayyousi is a 21-year-old English Major. Jayyousi has published on Salon, in Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, and in the Wayne Literary Review. She has volunteered as a tutor for both the WSU APEX Bridge Scholars Program and the Honors College Detroit Fellows Program. While a student at Wayne State, she has won numerous awards for her creative writing, including the Tompkins Prize for Fiction and the Tompkins Prize for Drama (2017). She was awarded the Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing in 2016, and the Stephen H. Tudor Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing the following year. She has also received the Department of English Undergraduate Student Service Award.

Her often fragmented and chaotic writing inflicts on readers a type of wanted discomfort, experiencing the intensity of her emotion as she spits words most are afraid of. Her writing portrays her need to regain control over herself, over abusive relationships she has had with others, and over her belief that comfort is found within pain. Focusing on terrifying topics ranging from the loss of childhood to the loss of one's mind, Sara Jayyousi both breaks and heals the hearts of her readers. She describes her work as portraying “a metaphorical image of what bleeding oneself dry onto paper would look like” and “a purge of all the evils she has experienced or witnessed.”

For further information, contact Prof. Barrett Watten, Department of English, Wayne State University, b.watten@wayne.edu.

For more information about this event, please contact Tristan Shaw at 5868232506 or gf2942@wayne.edu.