In the Hour of War: Ilya Kaminsky, Carolyn Forché, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Boris Khersonsky

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST


The Cheuse Center, in collaboration with Mason Exhibitions, Plamen Press, and the Lannan Center, brings you its fourth program focusing on Ukraine in 2023.

"In the Hour of War," is a reading by Ilya Kaminsky, Carolyn Forché, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Boris Khersonsky, moderated by Katherine E. Young, sponsored by the Cheuse Center's individual donors and supporters. It is  part of our series of  programming dedicated to Ukraine.

Location: Mason Exhibitions, 3601 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22201, Arlington, Virginia

Books sold by Bergstrom Books, and author signing to follow the reading. 

Note: Seating is limited to 90 chairs; please RSVP. We have created a waitlist for this event. 

The anthology, "In the Hour of War" begins:

Letters of the alphabet go to war

and ends with:

I am writing / and all my people are writing.

It includes poets whose work is known to thousands of people and who are translated into dozens of languages, as well as those who are relatively unknown in the West. It includes writing by former Soviet dissidents and those born well after Perestroika began, and who have grown up in independent Ukraine.

It includes soldier poets, rock-star poets, poets who write in more than one language, poets whose hometowns have been bombed and who have escaped to the West, poets who stayed in their hometowns despite bombardments, poets who have spoken to parliaments and on TV, poets who refused to give interviews, poets who said that metaphors don’t work in wartime and poets whose metaphors startle. What they all share is a war-torn country that refuses to step back, a country whose cities are destroyed by the Russian invaders at the very moment the book is going to print.

The war has been going on since 2014, but it wasn’t until the full-scale invasion of February 2022 that the world started paying attention. Or, perhaps, as some of the poets in the anthology state elsewhere, the war began long before 2014 by way of colonial imperial politics, suppression of language cultures, mass hunger, and terror. All of this is a part of the history of the region, which is to say: a part of its literature.


Your support counts towards our ability to bring audiences public programs. Our Writers Fund brings writers to audiences across DC, Virginia and Maryland, into homes, and welcoming venues. Please consider supporting our programs. Here is a link to our Ukraine series.

Add this event to your calendar