Matvei Yankelevich on Poetry, Translation and Publishing

Matvei Yankelevich on Poetry, Translation and Publishing

Friday, Oct 09, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Globus Books YouTube Channel

Globus Books Literary Translation Round Table is honored to host an interview with Matvei Yankelevich of Ugly Duckling Presse, a poet, editor, translator and publisher. Matvei Yankelevich will read his poetry, some of his own translations of Pushkin and Kharms, and speak about the art of translation and the Ugly Duckling Presse, a now-iconic publisher.

This event is in English and will be held on Zoom on October 9, 2020, at 4.00 pm PST (SF), 7 pm EST (NY). There will be a limited number of seats; please contact Globus Books via FB messenger to register. We will also be live streaming the event on our YouTube channel ( and later will share the edited version of the program.

Matvei Yankelevich's books include the long poem Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, the poetry collection Alpha Donut, and the novella in fragments Boris by the Sea. He is the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms and co-translator (with Eugene Ostashevsky) of the National Translation Award-winning An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for Humanities. He is a founding member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective and has curated UDP's Eastern European Poets Series since 2002. He teaches translation and book arts at Columbia University's School of the Arts and is a member of the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Matvei has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for Humanities. He has taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa), Hunter College, Colorado College, Long Island University, and Wesleyan University. Recent poems can be found at Brooklyn Rail, Prelude Magazine, and Black Sun Lit.

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. Through the efforts of a volunteer editorial collective, UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a mission-driven small press that has published more than 300 titles to date, and produced countless prints and ephemera.
UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

The interviewer is Zarina Zabrisky, the author of three short story collections and a novel "We, Monsters" (Numina Press). Zabrisky's work appeared in nine countries in over fifty literary magazines and anthologies, including The Nervous Breakdown, A Capella Zoo, Eleven Eleven, The Rumpus, Guernica, and received nominations and awards. Zabrisky runs literary and cultural programs at Globus Books.