An Evening with Guzel Yakhina
On May 27th, board member Maria Genkin hosted the Fund’s final event of the 2018-19 season, an evening with writer Guzel Yakhina. Guzel’s book Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes (English title, Zuleikha, from Oneworld Publications) is one of the most celebrated novels to come out of Russia in the past ten years. About twenty Friends of the Fund gathered to meet the author and discuss readers’ reactions in Russia and in the Republic of Tatarstan, censorship in Russia’s literature, Guzel’s path in the literary world, and the upcoming TV series based on the book.Read More
An All-Beethoven Evening
On May 1, 2019, distinguished pianist John Kamitsuka gave a beautiful and passionate performance of two Beethoven sonatas at the Yamaha Artists Services Salon in midtown Manhattan. Attendees gathered afterward for a reception to meet the artist and say hello to Fund President Maria Brodsky, who came from her home in Italy for the occasion. The evening benefitted the Joseph Brodsky Fellowship Fund.Read More
The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund is pleased to announce that its 2019 fellowships have been awarded to Ivan Akhmetiev in Poetry and Alexandra Mitlyanskaya in the Visual Arts.Read More
The mission of the Joseph Brodsky Fellowship Fund is to provide Russian artists and writers with an opportunity to create in a stimulating and unconstrained cultural environment.
Before his death in 1996 Nobel-Prize winning poet Joseph Brodsky was working to establish a Russian Academy in Rome. Continuing his vision, the Fund awards annual fellowships, selected by an independent jury, for unstructured, uninterrupted and substantial periods of work and study.Read More
I know all too well that in order to write properly I need two conditions: one is being left to my own devices, another is having surroundings to explore. I suppose there is no need to emphasize that as far as exploring goes, Rome and Venice are both majestic and inexplicable—especially for someone who, like myself, comes for the first time in their lives. This fellowship amazed me every day with the same simple thing: I was here just—well—to be. This sense of “just being” is, I guess, what helped me to finish a few songs I was working on for a year and to finally climb over a decisive point in the process of writing a novel.
I did not go to Rome to make new works, I went to Rome to become a new person.