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BELARUS – Anthology of (female) poets

2022-06-19, 11:00 AM

BOOK PREMIERE – In the face of political and social crises that have shaken Belarus for (at least) two years – forcing many of the country’s intellectuals into exile – the Minsk-based Pflaŭmbaŭm Publishing House recently published the „Anthology of (female) Poets“. The Pflaŭmbaŭm Publishing House was founded by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich in 2019 and is devoted exclusively to women’s literature.

In a remarkable achievement of editing and publishing, the volume spotlights 60 Belarusian contemporary women poets. Editor Valzhyna Mort, herself an award-winning poet living in the United States, let her selection of the poems be guided by the thought that the volume ought to represent an imaginary space of encounter. Tonight, we want to give this encounter a real space: Six poets featured in the anthology will read their poems, speak with the publishers about writing and reading in Belarus today, and reveal what the volume means to them and the Belarusian literary scene as a whole.

The event will be interpreted Belarusian-to-German. A booklet with German translations of the poems will be published for the event.


SU 19.6. | 11.00 | Halle 3 | 10/7 €

With Swetlana Alexijewitsch, author and founder of publishing house Belarus/Germany | Maria Badzei, poet Belarus | Kryscina Banduryna, poet Belarus | Sabina Brilo, poet Belarus/Lithuania| Lina Kazakova, poet Belarus/USA | Alena Kazlova, author and head of publishing house Belarus | Nasta Mancewicz, poet Belarus | Tania Skarynkina, poet Belarus

Presentation: Katharina Narbutovič, translator Berlin| Uljana Wolf, poet Berlin

Project leaders: Ekaterina Tewes, Ekaterina Voronova


BELARUS – Anthology of (female) poets is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the S. Fischer Foundation. A cooperation with ABA, the residency program AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz.


The poesiefestival berlin is a project of the Haus für Poesie in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, with support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.