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Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Professor to Co-Host ‘Voices for Ukraine’

CONWAY, Ark. (February 28, 2022) – While media provides overwhelming coverage of the current crisis in Ukraine, literature, poetry, and art are just as important for processing, coping, and surviving trauma, says Dr. Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Professor of Poetry at Hendrix College. To that end, she is a co-host of Voices for Ukraine, a live transatlantic poetry reading set for 11:30 a.m. Central time on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

“Within the last 24 hours, Olga Livshin and I, with the help and support of other poets, translators, and scholars, have organized an event that will bring Ukrainian poets and their translators alongside US poet-allies,” said Kolchinsky Dasbach, who is Ukrainian born. “Voices for Ukraine is a transatlantic, virtual, live reading spanning from Kyiv, Odesa, and Lviv, to LA, Atlanta, Philly, Little Rock, and beyond, which may include recordings Ukrainian poets have sent in the event they are unable to join us live due to internet outages and air raids.”

Registration is required for the Zoom gathering:

There is a suggested $5 donation to support the reading series, which can be paid via Venmo @ Julia-Dasbach or PayPal: Contributions are always welcome but never required, and 90% of all the funds collected through this reading will go toward getting humanitarian aid to the children in Ukraine. For a more extensive list of reputable organizations assisting in this crisis, see the list at this link

Readers include:

Ilya Kaminsky

Katie Farris

Carolyn Forché

Boris Dralyuk

Boris Khersonsky *

Lyudmyla Khersonska *

Iya Kiva *

Lyuba Yakimchuk*

Oksana Lutsyshyna

Oksana Maksymchuk *

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Vitaly Chernetsky

Yuliya Chernyshova *

Danyil Zadorozhnyi *

Ostap Slyvynsky *

Tatiana Filimonova

Katherine E Young

Olena Jennings

Amelia Mukamel Glaser

Iryna Shuvalova

Yuliya Ilchuk

Hilah Kohen

Joy David

Victoria Juharyan

*indicates poets speaking from Ukraine

“We need their voices and they need our support and collective action—our solidarity,” Kolchinsky Dasbach said. “Their words about war are not new, but have been echoing since 2014 and earlier.”