Katia Kapovich

Country: Russia / USA
Language: Russian
Year of birth: 1960

Born in Chişinău, the capital of Moldova, the bilingual Russian poet Katia Kapovich later lived in Moscow and St Petersburg. Unable to publish her work in the former USSR, she emigrated, moving in 1990 to Jerusalem, where she published her first collection, and then in 1992 to the USA. Her poetry collections Gogol in Rome (2004) and Cossacks and Bandits (2008) were positively received. Her poems, with a wry sense of humour, address and meditate on the lives of those who have survived – or have tried to endure – war, terror, loss, injustice, trauma, displacement and marginalisation. Her work fights off despair at every turn: “only through a lack of leisure can one perceive / the beauty of creation”.

Read poems by Katia Kapovich on Poetry International Web.

Thu 17 June, 21:30 hrs, main auditorium