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Alexander Skidan Reading

Charles Bernstein interviews one of Russia's most important contemporary poets, Alexander Skidan, on his book Red Shifting. Skidan reads from his poetry collection in both Russian and English, and discusses the changes in the literary climate in Russia after 1989, the contemporary situation for poetry, and the mysticism of Arkadii Dragomoschenko.

Born in Leningrad in 1965, Skidan is a poet, critic, essayist and translator. In 2008 his book Red Shifting was published in USA by Ugly Duckling Press, tr. Genya Turovskaya. He is the co-editor of the New Literary Observer magazine and lives in St. Petersburg.

Recorded on February 27, 2015.


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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.