A poetry reading by Marina Tëmkina to celebrate the publication of the artist book Boys Fight with drawings by Michel Gérard

Join us on Wednesday, April 10th, at the Yorkville Library as the Russian American Cultural Center presents author Marina Temkina


Event Venue:

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room 222 E. 79th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd Ave) New York, NY 10075

Event Date:

Wednesday, April 10, 5:00-7:00 PM

The text for the artist book Boys Fight was written in 2015 when Marina Tëmkina became concerned with the developments of the war in Ukraine and the coming elections in this country. Michel Gérard made drawings using images from the French dictionary Larousse published in 1942, when he was a child and lived in occupied Paris during the World War II. The experience of looking at the dictionary pages of male sportive games, like box, empowered him and provided hope. Boys Fight is the forth artist book co-authored by these artists. 

Marina Tëmkina is a poet-artist whose interdisciplinary practice is based on her multi-national immigrant experience and her interest in gender and identity. Her books include the poetry collection What Do You Want? (Ugly Duckling Presse) and the artists book Who Is I? (Content) in collaboration with artist Michel Gérard. She has also published five books of poetry in Russian. Tëmkina has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other awards. She works as a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist in New York.

Michel Gérard’s early works were informed by surrealist idioms and the energy of 1968. Gérard experimented internationally with de-monumentalization of public art and he had more than fifty solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Japan, Korea, the United States. Over the past three decades, he has worked with his memories of childhood during World War II.


Russian-American Cultural Center programing is made possible by part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, Cojeco and Tianaderrah Foundation.