KGB: Inpatient Presents Almost Zero - Readings and Recollections from Russia

January 31, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amidst the international imbroglios and cyberpolitical forays, Russia looms large in the public imagination as a locus of intrigue and suspicion, a veritable shadow state roaming the fantasies of senators and their sycophants. Yet little light is shed on the cultural production emanating from America’s Other, the work of poets and writers neglected in favor of the bombast of generals and oligarchs. This is a reading dedicated to translations of work produced both in the Soviet era and now, with an emphasis on the outlandish and strange and remarkable.


Mitch Anzuoni is an author, editor, and designer based in New York. He is a founding editor of Inpatient.

Shelby Wardlaw is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Russian and English from Vassar College. She has taught writing for the past five years, but her favorite class to teach was a course on Soviet Dystopia and Sci-Fi. She is currently working on a novel set in her home state of Texas.

Matvei Yankelevich was born in Moscow and moved to the United States at age four. He is author of the novel in fragments Boris by the Sea (2009), the collection Alpha Donut: The Selected Shorter Works of Matvei Yankelevich (2012), and many chapbooks, including Writing in the Margin (2001) and the long poem The Present Work (2006). Yankelevich is highly regarded as a translator from Russian; his translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (2007). Yankelevich is a cofounder and co-executive director of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he edits books, curates the Eastern European Poets Series, and edits the press’s magazine 6x6. He has taught courses in translation, publishing, and Russian literature at Columbia University, Colorado College, Hunter College, Wesleyan University, and Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. He is a member of the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Yankelevich lives in Brooklyn.