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Alexander Skidan Conversation

Charles Bernstein interviews one of Russia's most important contemporary poets, Alexander Skidan, on his cinematic, philosophical, journalistic book Red Shifting in this second segment with the poet, critic, essayist and translator who also discusses changes in the literary climate in Russia after 1989, the contemporary situation for poetry in Russia, and the mysticism of Arkadii Dragomoschenko.

Born in Leningrad in 1965, Skidan's Red Shifting was published in the U.S. by Ugly Duckling Press, translated by Genya Turovskaya. He is the co-editor of the New Literary Observer magazine and lives in St. Petersburg.

The poet can be can be heard reading his work in the first segment.



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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.