A Humanitarian Aid Kit of War Songs


Friday, May 20, 2022, 11:00am to 12:30pm


Byerly Hall, Room 115 (Library), Radcliffe Yard; 8 Garden Street | Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Slavic Department, the Davis Center Seminar in Literature and Culture, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and PEN America, with additional support from the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute, Arrowsmith Press, and the MIT Center for International Studies.

A reading and discussion with Ukrainian poets Iya Kiva and Halyna Kruk, moderated by Amelia Glaser. Poems will be read in the original and in English translation.

In-person (COVID vaccination required; masks recommended) and on Zoom (registration required).

About the Speakers

Iya Kiva

Iya Kiva is a poet, translator, and journalist. She was born in Donetsk, and fled the war in 2014 to settle in Kyiv. Shortly after arriving she began shifting from writing in her native Russian to writing in her second language, Ukrainian. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, and the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry and translation.

Halyna Kruk

Halyna Kruk is a poet, translator, and Medieval literature professor at Lviv State University. She has been recognized as a significant voice in Ukrainian poetry since her twenties. She has published five collected volumes of poetry and two volumes of prose fiction. Her children’s fiction has been rendered into fifteen languages. She has won numerous Ukrainian and European awards for her writing.

We ask that all attendees be ready to show up-to-date vaccination cards. We recommend wearing a mask for this in-person event.