Poetry across language

Julia Dasbach's letter to Anna

As part of the Poetry Across Languages event organized by Nick Martinez Defina, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach shared an excerpt from a series exploring language and the meaning of home and reflecting on her own Ukrainian heritage. Held at the Kelly Writers House on April 6, 2017, this event explored translation, language, and identity across borders. 

JULIA KOLCHINSKY DASBACH emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on contemporary American poetry related to the Holocaust. Her poems have appeared in Gulf CoastTriQuarterlyMissouri Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf and TENT Writers’ Conferences as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. She is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine’s Uppercut Chapbook Award. Julia is also editor-in-chief of Construction Magazine.