Presentation by Latvian Russophone poet Semyon Khanin

Semyon Khanin "Khanin brilliantly creates an impression of the fragility of ties between letters as well as people.”

On Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Semyon Khanin will read from his poetry and speak about his conceptual art projects. Khanin, who visits us from Riga, Latvia, is a Russian poet with three books of poetry to his name, a translator of Latvian poetry into Russian, and the editor of numerous poetry collections of Russian and Latvian poets. He compiled the anthology Latvian/Russian poetry. Poems in Russian written by Latvian poets (2011), the first of its kind. Khanin's books have been translated into Latvian, Czech, Ukrainian, Serbian and Italian. He is one of the key members of the multimedia poetry project Orbita, which is a creative group of poets and artists whose works aim at creating a dialogue between various cultures and genres (which include literature, music, video, and photography, among others). His poems in English translation appeared in the anthology Hit parade. The Orbita group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015).

This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. The Center is located on the second floor of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus. Please contact Catherine Ciepiela for more information (caciepiela@amherst.edu).