Headshot of Boris Dralyuk with his volume "My Hollywood"

Poetry: Boris Dralyuk

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Poet Boris Dralyuk reads from his most recent volume, My Hollywood and Other Poems, a collection of lyric meditations on the experience of émigrés in Los Angeles. The Poetry Foundation proclaimed that “the ache of exile reverberates against the irretrievability of the past” in the Odessa-born poet’s work.

Organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA Distinguished Research Professor Stephen Yenser. Cosponsored by UCLA Recreation and the UCLA Department of English.

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Boris Dralyuk is the author of My Hollywood and Other Poems (Paul Dry Books, 2022), editor of 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (Pushkin Press, 2016), co-editor of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (2015), and the translator of volumes by Isaac Babel, Andrey Kurkov, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Osipov, and other authors. His poems, translations, and criticism have appeared in The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Poetry 2023, and elsewhere, and he is the recipient, most recently, of the 2022 Gregg Barrios Translation Prize from the National Book Critics Circle. Formerly editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books, he is currently a Presidential Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa.


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