“We Trample on Our Dusty Stars”: The Poetry of Russian Los Angeles

Boris Dralyuk - Translations of five Russophone Angelenos and original poems from his forthcoming collection, My Hollywood.

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via Zoom

Event Date:

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET

Russian-American Cultural Center is very pleased to present

Boris Dralyuk

Translations of five Russophone Angelenos and original poems from his forthcoming collection, My Hollywood.

“We Trample on Our Dusty Stars”: The Poetry of Russian Los Angeles

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Fleeing revolution, war, and persecution, successive waves of Russian émigrés landed on foreign shores throughout the 20th century. There they strove not only to survive but also to safeguard the culture they loved. They set up schools and clubs, opened cafés and restaurants, founded theaters and presses, and wrote and published poetry and prose in cash-strapped journals and newspapers. The capitals of exile — Shanghai and Harbin, Berlin and Paris, and, after the Second World War, New York — were home to a number of authors who left their mark on the Russophone literary tradition. Less well known are the Russian-speaking poets of another major center of immigration: Los Angeles. Boris Dralyuk will present his translations of the poems of five Russophone Angelenos — the composer and lyricist Vernon Duke (born Vladimir Dukelsky, 1903-1969), Vladimir Korvin-Piotrovsky (1891-1966), Vladislav Ellis (1913-1975), Richard Ter-Boghossian (1911-2005), and Peter Vegin (1939-2007) — as well as a few of his own poems about Russian Los Angeles, all of which will appear in his forthcoming collection, My Hollywood and Other Poems (Paul Dry Books, April 2022).

 

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