jubilat / Jones Poetry Series

This series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. All events are free and open to the public.

Next Event


Sunday, April 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An informal Q & A session will follow the reading.

Featured Poets


  • Polina Barskova
  • Eugene Ostashevsky

About the Poets


  • Polina Barskova, associate professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, received her B.A. from St. Petersburg State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She has authored eight books of poetry and one book of prose in Russian, most recently This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press), Zoo in Winter (Melville House Press), and Relocations (Zephyr Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on Nabokov, the Bakhtin brothers, early Soviet film, and the aestheticization of historical trauma, primarily, culture of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Eugene Ostashevsky is the author of the poetry collections The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (NYRB), and Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza and Iterature, both published by Ugly Duckling Presse. He translated Alexander Vvendsky's An Invitation for Me to Think with Matvei Yankelevich, and is the editor of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism, the first collection of writings by Vvedensky and friends in English translation. Ostashevsky teaches in the liberal studies program at New York University.
Read a brief history of this series.

If you have questions, please call the jubilat office at 413-577-1064.

The jubilat / Jones Poetry Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, jubilat literary journal, and the Juniper Initiative of the UMass MFA Program for Poets and Writers. It is also supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.