Garage Library is launching a new season of Reading Aloud. This season of public readings, organised in collaboration with Kulturnaya Initsiativa, is devoted to Russian poetry of the 1990s and 2000s: the landmark collections and anthologies of the two decades will be presented by their editors and contributors.
For Russian poetry, the 1990s were the time of radical change. A new generation of authors grew out of the new social and cultural regime that offered free access to books unpublished during the Soviet years. Cultural hierarchies of the previous era were being questioned and reconsidered.
Independent and non-profit publishers came onto the scene. Collections and book series released by the new publishing initiatives in the 1990s and 2000s formed a new landscape by discovering new names and supporting authors whose work had stood the test of time. Documenting the seminal events and phenomena of the two decades, these publishing projects have effectively shaped contemporary Russian poetry.
Readers will include poets, critics and publishers: Mikhail Ayzenberg, Alexey Alyokhin, Dmitry Kuzmin, Vadim Mesyats, Gleb Morev, Boris N. Pasternak and Alexander Pereverzin among others.
The ten evenings of the program will be devoted to anthologies such as Citizens of the Night, Nine Dimensions and Ulysses Liberated, and poetry series published by Projekt OGI, Pushkinsky Fond, Arion, Andrei Bely Prize, Vremya, AGRO-RISK, Voymega and Russkiy Gulliver.