Vessels and Passages: A poetry series

Last Wednesday each Month / 7pm-8pm

Starting this summer, MoCA Arlington will host a new monthly poetry series, Vessels and Passages. Hosted on the last Wednesday of each month, the museum will invite established poets to read poems and facilitate open discussions with guests in the Tiffany Gallery. The series will also support student poets and local emerging poet programs in the greater DC area and enable them to read their poems throughout the museum too. Just like in the visual arts, poets need space to share their creativity, and this series will provide that space.

Upcoming Poets for the Vessels Series:

  • July 31: Olga Livshin
  • August 28: TBD
  • September 25: TBD
  • October 30: TBD
  • November 27: TBD

Stay tuned for the featured poets of each month as they are announced!

JULY POET: Olga Livshin

Olga Livshin

Ukrainian-American poet, Olga Livshin, will read original work and translations of Ukrainian poets.

Olga Livshin’s poetry and translations appear in the New York Times, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, and other journals. She is the author of A Life Replaced: Poems with Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman (Poets & Traitors Press, 2019). Livshin co-translated Today is a Different War by the Ukrainian poet Lyudmyla Khersonska (Arrowsmith Press, 2023), and A Man Only Needs a Room, a volume of the immigrant Russian poet Vladimir Gandelsman (New Meridian Arts, 2022). She lives near Philadelphia.

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