September 30, 2005
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.— Russian poet Sergey Gandlevsky will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (Webster Hall). Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Russian, the reading and a reception to follow are free and open to the public. An important figure in the Soviet-era literary underground, Gandlevsky was unable to publish in Russia until the fall of the Soviet Union. He has since garnered major literary prizes for several books of poetry and a book of memoirs, including both the Little Booker Prize and the Anti-Booker Prize for his 1996 work, Trepanation of the Skull. Gandlevsky will read in Russian, accompanied by his translator, Philip Metres, who will read his English translations of Gandlevsky's work, all of which have been published in A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky.