Zhadan and Friends 2021


Zhadan & Poetry

premieres April 15, 2021 

after premiere

Event Program: 

Zhadan & Poets video of virtual event

Susan Hwang sings "Aviation 58"

more information below


Zhadan & Prose

premieres April 20, 2021 

after premiere

Event Program: 

Zhadan & Prose video of virtual event

more information below


Zhadan & Jazz

premieres April 22, 2021 

after premiere

Event Program:

Zhadan & Jazz video of virtual event

more information below

Zhadan & Friends 2021

Yara Arts Group and the Ukrainian Museum in New York will present “Zhadan & Friends 2021” three virtual events with Serhiy Zhadan, April 15-22, 2021. The events, directed by Virlana Tkacz, are all bilingual and free. Links and programs will be posted above when available.


Zhadan 2021: POETRY Serhiy Zhadan reads his poetry in Ukrainian from his new book “Psalm to Aviation” (forthcoming in May 2021), while American poets Dzvinia Orlowsky, Askold Melnyczuk, Wanda Phipps, Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler and Olena Jennings react to his poems with their own poems in English. Susan Hwang responds with a song.

Live streamed Thursday, April 15, watch video 

Zhadan 2021: PROSE – “The Orphanage,” celebrating the publication of Zhadan’s novel by Yale University Press in an English translation by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler. Zhadan and Wheeler read selections from the book in Ukrainian and English. Julian Kytasty plays bandura to images by Evgeniy Maloletka/Waldemart Klyuzko. Maria Genkin moderates and interviews the author.

Live streamed Tuesday, April 20 at 5:00 PM, on https://www.facebook.com/yaraartsgroupinc

After premiere free link to recording will be posted above.

Zhadan 2021: JAZZ -- Zhadan reads from his recently released book “List of Ships” (2020) and forthcoming “Psalm to Aviation” (May, 2021). Yara actors read English translations by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, while jazz pianists Anthony Coleman and Fima Chupakhin play.

Live streamed Thursday, April 22 at 5:00 PM, on https://www.facebook.com/yaraartsgroupinc

After premiere free link to recording will be posted above


Serhiy Zhadan was born in the Luhansk region of Ukraine and educated in Kharkiv where he lives today. He is the most popular poet of the post-independence generation in Ukraine and the author of twelve books of poetry that have earned him numerous national and European awards. His prose works include Depeche Mode (2004), Voroshilovgrad (2010), Mesopotamia (2014) and The Orphanage (2017).


April is National Poetry Month in America and for the past six years Yara has created special poetry events with Serhiy Zhadan in April, celebrating his newest work. Order translations of “The Orphanage” and  “What We Live For, What We Die For: Selected Poetry” by Serhiy Zhadan on Amazon or bookshop.org which supports your local bookstore.


Yara’s Spring Poetry Events are made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Self Reliance (NY) Foundation and the Friends of Yara Arts Group. Media partner: Razom for Ukraine. For more information, contact Yara Arts Group yara.arts.group@gmail.com