Event Anouncement: A Celebration of Vladimir Mayakovsky, April 11th at 4PM

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BECAUSE I WAS ROARING

A Celebration of Poet Vladimir Mayakovsky

The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens

Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4PM


The Russian poet and dramatist Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893-1930) is known for his colorful, declamatory style; his pioneering use of demotic language; his mastery of rhythm, rhyme and imagery; and his innovations in graphic design. A leading Futurist, he became the chief poet of the Russian Revolution and the early Soviet period.  Disappointed in love, increasingly alienated from Soviet reality, and denied a visa to travel abroad, Mayakovsky committed suicide at age 36. His Complete Plays were published in English in 1971.

The Sunday Best Reading Series will celebrated the life and work of Vladimir Mayakovsky on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4PM   Readers and presenters will include Patricia Thompson (aka Yelena V. Mayakovskya), the poet’s daughter, reading from a family memoir of Mayakovsky, and Andrey Gritsman, reading his own and others’ translations of Mayakovsky’s work.  We will also hear an audio presentation of Mayakovsky himself reading in his native Russian.

Reader Bios:

Andrey Gritsman is a bilingual poet, essayist, and literary editor who immigrated to the U.S. in 1981 from Moscow. His most recent book is Pisces (Numina Press). He has published four volumes of poetry in Russian. His first bilingual collection of poems and essays, View From the Bridge, was published in 1999 (WORD, New York), and a second, Long Fall, was published in 2004 (Spuyten Duyvil Press, New York). He runs the Intercultural Poetry Series at the Cornelia Street Café and is founding editor of Interpoezia, a bilingual poetry journal.

Patricia J. Thompson (Yelena V. Mayakovskya) is an author, feminist theorist, and professor of women’s studies at Lehman College (CUNY). The daughter of Vladimir Mayakovsky and Elly Jones, Dr. Thompson has published numerous books and articles exploring her theory of Hestian feminism. This conceptual framework reinterprets the influence of the home–as symbolized by Hestia, the Greek protector of domestic life, who contrasts domestic life with civic life.

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  1. I composed an epic poem tributeo to Vladimir Mayakovsky “THE PANJANDRUM OF QUONDAM” and this has been awarded a high accolade and translated for publication in Russian.

    Long Lives The Revolution! 🙂


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