Ilya Kaminsky

Bio: Ilya Kaminsky is a poet, critic, translator, and professor named by the BBC as one of 12 artists that changed the world in 2019. He was born in Odessa in the former Soviet Union. His collection Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), a parable of war that re-envisions disability, has been described as “not merely one of the best, most surprising, beautiful, tragic, gripping, and sadly relevant books of the year, but arguably of the entire decade.” Kaminsky is also the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) and his numerous awards include a Whiting Writers’ Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Award, and The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Kaminsky’s poems have been translated into over 20 languages. He holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.

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


Kateryna Kazimirova

Bio: Kateryna Kazimirova is an editor and media manager. She holds Master’s degrees in Philology (Ukrainian Language and Literature) and History of Art and a Postgraduate degree in Literary Theory from Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University. In 2020, she founded the Ukrainian art and literature journal Craft Magazine (craftmagazine.net), which publishes both in Ukrainian and English in-depth interviews with the most talented and creative Ukrainians to showcase to the world the leading voices of modern, free Ukraine.

Events: Cheuse Salon at Bloombars with Tibetan writer Tenzin Tsundue, DC's Youth Poet Laureate, Voices of Freedom editor Katya Kazimirova & music by Courtney Dowe


Sally Keith

Bio: Sally Keith is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently River House (Milkweed 2015). A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and teaches at George Mason University. Keith is Co-Editorial Director of Poetry Daily. 

Events: Into the Hothouse: Mason Exhibitions Presents A CHEUSE SALON


Roy Kesey

Bio: Roy Kesey is the translator of Pola Oloixarac's debut novel, Savage Theories (Soho Press 2017.) He is the author of two short story collections and two novels. He has won an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction.

Events: Day of Translation (2017)


Lyudmyla Khersonska

Bio: Lyudmyla Khersonska was born in Tiraspol, Moldova, in 1964. She is the author of two books of poetry, Vse svoi, named one of the ten best poetry books of 2011, and Tyl’naia-litsevaia (2015). Her work has received several literary awards, and she has been named laureate and winner of the Voloshin competition. Her poems appear in many journals, including Novyi mir, Znamia, Kreshchatik, Interpoeziia, and Storony sveta, and have been translated into Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and German. She gave poetry readings in Moscow, Kyiv, Lviv, Munich, and New York. Khersonska also translates English-language poets into Russian, including Vladimir Nabokov and Seamus Heaney. She has spoken about Russia’s war in Ukraine and read her poetry about the war several times on Radio Liberty. Her latest book, Tyl’naia-litsevaia, includes poetic reflections on Russian aggression in Ukraine. Khersonska lives in Odessa.

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


Boris Khersonsky

Bio: Boris Khersonsky was born in Chernivtsi in 1950. He studied medicine in Ivano-Frankivsk and Odessa. He initially worked as a neurologist, before becoming a psychologist and psychiatrist at the Odessa regional psychiatric hospital. In 1996 Khersonsky took on an appointment at the department of psychology at Odessa National University, before becoming chair of the department of clinical psychology in 1999. In the Soviet times, Khersonsky was part of the Samizdat movement, which disseminated alternative, nonconformist literature through unofficial channels. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Khersonsky came out with seventeen collections of poetry and essays in Russian, and most recently, in Ukrainian. Widely regarded as one of Ukraine’s most prominent Russian-language poets, Khersonsky was the poet laureate of the Kyiv Laurels Poetry Festival (2008) and the recipient of the Brodsky Stipend (2008), the Jury Special Prize at the Literaris Festival for East European Literature (2010), and the Russian Prize (2011).

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