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Annual Lecture Series 2021: Valzhyna Mort

Tuesday 2 March 2021, 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Valzhyna Mort (photo: Tanya Kapitonava)

The Poetry Society and University of Liverpool have teamed up to present a series of three online lectures in 2021, and are delighted to announce that the acclaimed Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort will give the first lecture of the series.

Valzhyna Mort will talk on obsession, repetition, trauma and Belarusian traditional embroidery.  The lecture will feature a live Q & A and Mort will read a selection of her poems, chosen to respond to the same themes.

The Poetry Society Annual Lecture given by Valzhyna Mort is the first of a series of lectures in 2021 presented by The Poetry Society in association with University of Liverpool (as the Kenneth Allott lectures), and will be published in The Poetry Review. Further lectures in the series by Terrance Hayes and m nourbeSe philip will also be published in future issues of The Poetry Review.

Valzhyna Mort, described by the Irish Times as “[a] risen star of the international poetry world”, was born in Minsk, Belarus. Her poetry collections include Factory of Tears and Collected Body (published by Copper Canyon Press in 2008 and 2011); her third collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, was published in 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is the co-editor, with Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris, of Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (2014). Mort has received the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and the Burda Prize for Eastern European authors. Her poem, ‘Nocturne for a Moving Train’, which appeared in The Poetry Review, autumn 2019, was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize. She teaches at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York. Her recent interview for Poetry News is published online.