Just Buffalo Literary Center will host a special STUDIO event honoring the life & work of Anselm Hollo (1934-2013) in conjunction with FinnFest Buffalo.
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Anselm Hollo was the author of more than forty books of poetry with a style strongly influenced by the American beat poets. He also wrote radio dramas in Finnish for the BBC and translated Jean Genet, Francois Truffaut, and Allen Ginsberg into Finnish & German.
Hollo’s relationship with Just Buffalo Literary Center spans three decades. This special evening will include tributes from Max Wickert (University at Buffalo Professor Emeritus) and Matvei Yankelevich (Translator and Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse). The evening will conclude with a poetry reading by Matvei Yankelevich.
Max Wickert was born 1938 in Augsburg, Germany. He immigrated with his family in 1952 and received his US citizenship in 1958. After earning his doctorate from Yale, he taught in the University at Buffalo English Department until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of three collections of verse, All the Weight of the Still Midnight (1972; second, expanded edition 2013), Pat Sonnets (2000) and No Cartoons (2011). Wickert is the founder-director of Buffalo’s Outriders Poetry Project (a reading series and small press) and the editor of An Outriders Anthology: Poetry in Buffalo 1969-1979 and After, which appeared in 2013.
Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut, and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea. Most recently, a long poem, Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt was released by Black Square Editions. He is the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms, and co-translator of the National Translation Award-winning An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He edits the Eastern European Poets Series for Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Queens College, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.