Svetlana Lavochkina

Svetlana Lavochkina is a Ukrainian-born novelist, poet and poetry translator, now residing in Germany. In 2013, her novella Dam Duchess was chosen runner-up in the Paris Literary Prize. Her debut novel, Zap, was shortlisted for Tibor & Jones Pageturner Prize 2015. Svetlana’s work has been widely published in the US and Europe. It appeared in AGNI, New Humanist, POEM, Witness, Straylight, Circumference, Superstition Review, Sixfold, Drunken Boat and elsewhere.

Literary Parlor: Theodozia Zarivna, Ukrainian author

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In this new Literary Parlor, Svetlana Lachovkina interviews renowned Ukrainian author Theodozia Zarivna to discuss her craft, the differences between novels, poetry and theatre among other things. Finally, she also shares four of her poems, translated by Svetlana into English.

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Literary Parlor: Zachariah Rapola

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In our first Literary Parlor column of 2021, Svetlana sat down with South African author Zachariah Rapola to talk about his writing process, his influences and his two most recent works.

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Literary Parlor: the “unending flow” of Maes

Author of the novella "Newborn," Agustín Maes spoke to Svetlana Lavochkina about his beginnings, his idols, his process, as well as the COVID crisis and how he's coping with it as a writer, including something he refers to as his "Evening Plague Walk."

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Literary Parlor: interview with poet Fiona Sampson

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Our literature columnist, Svetlana Lavochkina, got a chance to talk with Fiona Sampson, acclaimed poet and author of an upcoming biography on Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Literary Parlor: Sabbagh’s poetry and prose personas

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We talk to the brilliant author and literary scholar Omar Sabbagh, London-born of Lebanese parents, currently working as Associate Professor at the American University in Dubai. He moves in between the worlds of writing academic papers, poetry and prose.

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Literary Parlor: interview with poet Robert Krut

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"I try to treat anything magical, or surreal, or possibly out of the framework of waking life, as entirely real, and concrete, and then let it appear in the poems." - Robert Krut, in an interview with Svetlana Lavochkina

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