Tatyana Apraksina and James Manteith

Northwind Reading Series presents An Evening of Russian Poetry: Tatyana Apraksina and James Manteith

On Thursday September 19, Northwind Reading Series presents An Evening of Russian Poetry: Tatyana Apraksina and James Manteith. The readings start at 7 p.m. in the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St.

Tatyana Apraksina, a visual artist and writer from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present the debut bilingual edition of her book-length, award-winning poem cycle California Psalms, just published by Oregon-based Radiolarian Press. California Psalms, a series of addresses from continent’s end on the legendary Big Sur Coast, spiritually ranges from Far West to Far East. Long part of her city’s independent intellectual life, Apraksina first became known as an artist interested in music, grounding her paintings in study of contemporary ensembles and composers including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Borodin Quartet and Dmitry Shostakovich. While retaining her ties with her native city, she currently writes and paints from bases in California’s Santa Lucia Mountains and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her original illustrations to California Psalms will be on display throughout the evening’s reading in Port Townsend.

James Manteith is a California-based translator, writer and musician. In addition to pairing his translation of California Psalms with the author’s own reading, he will perform original musical settings of his translations of Apraksina’s lyric poems. An Olympic Peninsula native, Manteith met Apraksina in Russia in the 1990s near the beginning of a diverse path of translation and original creative work. His translation experience has recently included memoirs on Soviet particle physics for a forthcoming volume from Singapore’s World Scientific Press.

For more information: Press Release from Radiolarian Press    

Northwind is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors visual and literary art events and education on the Olympic Peninsula.

Readings are free; donations are gladly accepted. For more information contact Bill Mawhinney 360-437-9081.