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A Million Premonitions

Reaching back as far as medieval Rus and as far forward as metrical and linguistic innovation permit, Sosnora has written with a voice unique and wideranging. Historical allusion, conscious anachronism, humor, and intensity of word play dominate by turns his range of verse.Viktor Sosnora was born in 1936 in the Crimea. He is known as one of the most consistently experimental of Russian poets, and one of the foremost translators, into Russian, of Catullus, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and Allen Ginsberg.Mark Halperin teaches at Central Washington University. His latest book of poems, "The Measure of Islands," was published by Wesleyan.Dinara Georgeoliani is a linguist and Assistant Professor of Russian at Central Washington University.
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Sosnora known as being Alan Ginsberg's translator into Russian. Sosnora visited the US in the late 80s/early 90s, and a number of interviews and articles were published about him at that time--including in the NY Review of Books. Mark Halperin has published three collections of his own poetry--most recently "The Measure of Islands" from Wesleyan Univ. Press. Halperin and Georgeoliani teach at Central Washington University.

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Viktor Aleksandrovich Sosnora was born in 1936 in Alupka, Crimea. During World War II, Sosnora was in Leningrad at the beginning of the blockade. His poetic mentor was Nikolai Aseyev, who wrote the foreword to his first book of poetry in 1962. Sosnora has since published six more volumes of poems in Russian: Triptych, 1965; Riders, 1969; Crystal, 1977; Poems, 1977; and Moon Song, 1982. Dinara Georgeoliani was educated in Moscow and Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a linguist, with extensive experience in English/Russian translation and scholarship. She has published, in Russia, numerous articles on the history of American film. She is currently Assistant Professor at Central Washington University where she teaches in the Dept. of Foreign Languages. Mark Halperin teaches in the English Department at Central Washington University. He was a Fulbright lecturer at Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia, and has returned there to serve as an exchange professor at Hertzen University in St. Petersburg. He has published three collections of poetry, including The Measure of Islands (Wesleyan University Press) and Time as Distance (New Issues).

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