Dr. Andryczyk (Columbia University) will be presenting his latest book The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology (Academic Studies Press, 2017) a publication that commemorates the tenth year of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series. The anthology presents translations of literary works by Series guests that imaginatively engage pivotal issues in today’s Ukraine and express its tribulations and jubilations. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays by fifteen Ukrainian writers, the anthology offers English-language readers a wide array of the most beguiling literature written in Ukraine in the past fifty years.

The book presentation will take place at 6:30 on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown PA. Books will be available for purchase.

Mark Andryczyk has administered the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and has taught Ukrainian literature at its Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 2007. He has a PhD in Ukrainian Literature from the University of Toronto (2005). His monograph The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. A Ukrainian edition of that monograph, Intelektual iak heroi ukrains’koi prozy 90-kh rokiv XX stolittia was published by Piramida in 2014. He is a translator of Ukrainian literature into English. Since 2008 he has organized the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series (cosponsored by the Harriman and Kennan Institutes), which has brought leading Ukrainian literary figures to audiences in North America. Andryczyk is editor and compiler of The White Chalk of Days, the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology (Academic Studies Press, 2017). He has translated eleven essays by Yuri Andrukhovych for the publication My Final Territory: Selected Essays (University of Toronto Press, 2018). Under the name Yeezhak, he has recorded three studio albums in Ukraine (1996, 1998, 2006) and has performed a series of concerts in support of these recordings.

Praise for The White Chalk of Days

Some of the liveliest and most moving literature in the world is also some of the least known in English. So blessings on editor and translator Mark Andryczyk and the team of expert and eloquent translators he has assembled for bringing us this abundant new anthology of poetry and fiction from Ukraine of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. It’s a great public service to enlarge our acquaintance with this indispensable work, an act of moral generosity. But what the reader will be most grateful for is the sheer pleasure of it.

Lloyd Schwartz
Poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic

A lively collection of poems interlaced with dominoes, sunken ships, extraterrestrials, weightless angels, a gypsy melody playing on a stolen cell phone, and pithy stories that jump from secret maps to the Roman alphabet, hotel rooms, and a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s hand. The twelve men and three women anthologized here through the efforts of seventeen translators bring us playful, wistful humor infused with tragedy, irony, caprice, and wisdom.

Ellen Elias-Bursać
Literary translator, most recently of The Judgment of Richard Richter by Igor Štiks

The White Chalk of Days, an anthology of contemporary Ukrainian writers, is the harvest of a new flowering of one of the world’s great literatures. These excellent translations into English remind us how consequential the resonances of poetry and prose can be. The White Chalk of Days is a celebration of the triumph of the imagination and the human spirit. It is an invaluable gift to literature.

Stuart Dischell
Professor in English Creative Writing, MFA Program, University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, and the author of Standing on Z

White Chalk of Days

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November 2015: Retro Night...The Race to Save Lives, CLICK TO SEE RETRO NIGHT

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The event was organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation together with the Save Ukraine Now Coalition, and in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine and held at the Congressional Auditorium at the Visitor Center at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.

September 2015: Washington DC Forum...Ukraine’s Ongoing Battle for Freedom

2015 Chernyk Medal Awards Ceremony

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May 2015: Chernyk Medal Awards Ceremony, CLICK TO READ MORE