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Russian poet gives reading during first U.S. visit

April 4, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Vyacheslav Kupriyanov, one of the main writers of contemporary Russian free verse, will give a reading of his work, in both the original Russian and English translation, Wednesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower at Western Michigan University. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Kupriyanov's presentation at WMU marks his first visit to the United States. His books of poetry and prose regularly appear in German translation, and he has translated German and American poets for Russian anthologies, but it was not until 2007 that English translations of his work appeared in American literary journals.

Dr. Dasha Nisula of the WMU Department of Foreign Languages has been the principal translator into English of Kupriyanov's poems and arranged for his visit to WMU.

Kupriyanov has published the following collections: "First Person," in 1981; "Life Goes On," 1982; "Homework," 1986; "Echo," 1988; "Verses," 1994; "Let's Agree," 2002; and "Better Times," 2003.

For more information, contact Dr. Dasha Nisula at dasha.nisula@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3005.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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