Acclaimed Russian poet visits campus

Monday, January 25, 2010

Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko


Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko came to campus Nov. 5 to share his thoughts on “Poetry and Global Humanity.” Along with several St. Cloud State professors, Yevtushenko gave readings of his award-winning poetry. In 1960 he was the first Russian to break through the Iron Curtain and recite his poetry in the West. In 1961 he published what possibly was his most famous poem, “Babi Yar” in which he denounced anti-Semitism. Featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1961 under the title, “Russia’s new generation,” he later served in the first freely elected Russian parliament from 1988-99. He was the first non-American to receive the Walt Whitman Poet in Residence award and in 1991 received what is considered the highest honor of the American Jewish Committee, the American Liberties Medallion, for “exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty.”

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