Maryna Ajaja with Ileana Marin & Otilia Vieru-Baraboi
A reading we ached to do live and in-person months ago, we finally go the virtual way with: Seattle poet and Seattle International Film Festival curator Maryna Ajaja reading from her stellar debut book of poems, In Deep (Wild Ocean Press). Part of the reading will also be conversation with Ileana Marin, who reviewed In Deep for the online journal Entropy, and Otilia Vieru-Baraboi, president of Seattle’s American Romanian Cultural Society. Both Ms. Marin and Ms. Vieru-Baraboi are professors of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, and colleagues of Maryna Ajaya’s in supporting Romanian films at SIFF.
“Maryna Ajaja’s relationship to the world, to nature, to self and other, to culture, its tragedies, sorrows and wonders, from indifference to protest to praise to love is poetry. The cinematic quality of Ajaja’s work has its roots in the Los Angeles of her childhood; real life movies in words. From fisherwomanlover to Port Townsend, Seattle, Eastern Europe, Moscow, her embrace, however leery, is embrace of the world … We’ve waited for this book. Its roots are deep in all of us.” - Sharon Doubiago.
Nancy Rawles, Lee Bassett, and William O’Daly are among the others with advance praise.