32 – Poets’ Ways of Life

With Christopher Merrill, Maria Galina and Patrick Dubost.

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson

Hosted by Fiona Sampson

Curated by poet in residence Fiona Sampson who says, ‘To work internationally is to understand that poets’ working lives differ according to their home culture. Here are three fine poets, all with international reputations of their own, who are also key culture-makers in their own national culture: the Russian-Ukrainian editor, critic and writer; the North American director of an exemplary and pioneering university writers’ workshop; and the French musician-experimental performer.’

French poet Patrick Dubost’s work, both visual and oral, often experimental, leads him to encounters with sound poetry, music, theatre. He also works under his alter ego Armand Le Poête.

Maria Galina was born in one of the oldest Russian towns – Tver, but spent her childhood and youth in Ukraine. As a poet she has one of the most prestigious Russian poetry awards and works in the oldest Russian Literary magazine Novyi Mir.

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry and books of non-fiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.

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