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Iryna Vikyrchak (f)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: Ukraine
KKA-Residency: 2016

Portrait Iryna Vikyrchak
Portrait Iryna Vikyrchak
©Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

2006-2009 - translator, teacher of English for different age groups at the Center for Foreign Languages ASAP, Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
2010-2012 - Assistant Professor at the Department for Foreign Languages of the Chernivtsi National Yuri Fedkovych University.
2010 – 2013 - organizer of the International Poetry Festival Meridian Czernowitz;
executive director of the “Cultural Capital”, NGO. Functions: general coordination of projects and the team, fundraising, international relations and others.
2012 - 2013 - executive editor of the book projects by Meridian Czernowitz. Worked with Oksana Zabuzhko, Yuri Izdryk, Taras Prochasko, Ostap Slyvynskyi, Dmytro Lazutkin, Andryj Liubka Yuri Andruchowytsch and others on their books.
September 4-25, 2013 - chief coordinator of the “International Poetry Tour “Kyjiw-Czernowitz-Lemberg-Berlin-Bremen”, which included about 60 events and readings onboard of the trains Kyiv-Czernowitz and Czernowitz-Lemberg.
March 2013 - cofounder of the first in Ukraine International Residency for European Poets and Poetry Translators in Chernivtsi.
2012-2013 - coordinator of the stand and presentation program of Meridian Czernowitz at Leipziger Buchmesse.
2010-2015 - guest and participant of poetry, literature and culture festivals in Medellin (Colombia, 2011), Berlin (Germany, 2010-2013), Leipzig (Germany, 2011-2012), Leukerbad (Switzerland, 2012), Lviv, Chernivtsi and Kyiv (Ukraine 2011-2013), Tinos (Greece, 2012) and others.
2011-2014 - lecturer of literature schools and schools for literary management by the Center for Literary Education. Topic of lectures: fundraising in the sphere of cultural projects and international cooperation in the sphere of culture/literature.
March 2012 - presentation “Podillya-Bukovyna Tourist Cluster” at the press-conference “Discover Ukraine's best tourist spots, attractions and festivals” by USAID LINC at ITB Berlin.
October, 2014 - developer of the educational-cultural project “Literary Voyage to Poland” (Lublin-Warsaw-Cracow) by the Center of Literary Education. During the Tour also curated a Ukrainian event with the participation of Ukrainian poets at the Conrad Festival in Cracow, Poland,
2014-2015 - developer and lecturer of own creative writing course “Tvorchopys” (took place in Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Ternopil).
since September 2014 - communication manager and fundraiser at the Center for Jewish Life of Chernivtsi.
December 2014 - organizer of the strategic session of Culture2025 in Chernivtsi.
February 2015 - founded an NGO “Institute of Cultural Management”.
March 2015 - coordinator of the Ukrainian part of the project “Wiersze w mietrze” (“Poems in Metro”, Warsaw, Poland).
March - July 2015 - cooperation with the Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Foundation “People of the Fututre”.
April 2015 - organizer of the tour Cultour.Ua for 15 young Ukrainian literature translators to Kyiv-Wasrwas-Gdansk-Kyiv, central event of the tour - participation in the festival “Found in Translation” (Gdansk, Poland).
2015 - founder and president of the Intermezzo International Short Story Festival (intermezzofest.com). The first edition took place in May 22-24 2015 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
June 2015 - co-founder of the foundation “Hurra Kultura” (Cracow, Poland). The aim of this foundation is organization of the Polish-Ukrainian annual literature and music festival at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center of Music in Łuslawice, Poland.

2004-2005 - scholarship-holder of the Future Leaders Exchange Program, Minot, ND USA.
2008 - scholarship-holder of the summer courses program by DAAD, Munich, Germany.
2014 - Minister of Culture of Poland stipendium Gaude Polonia, Warsaw, Poland.
2014 - two-week residency at the writers’ residence Villa Deсiusz, Cracow, Poland.
Repeatedly received travel-grants for the development of projects from Goethe-Institute Kyiv, Polish Institute Kyiv, “Development of Ukraine” Foundation, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Federal Government of Carinthia for the cultural trips to Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Colombia.

2010 – Department of Foreign Languages of the Chernivtsi National Yuri Fedkovych University, specialization - English Linguistics and Literature, Master’s Degree with honors.
2009 - Department for Geography of the Chernivtsi National Yuri Fedkovych University, specialization - Management of the Organizations of the Tourism Industry, part-time studies, Bachelor Degree.
Since October 2014 - PhD student at the Department of World Literature and Theory of Literature of Chernivtsi National Yuri Fedkovych University. Scientific supervisor - Prof. Peter Rychlo. PhD thesis on the English poetry by Rosa Auslaender.

October 17-22, 2011 - participant of the Great Festival Workshop “Festivals as Catalysts of Tourism Market” by USAID (Kamianets-Podilsk, Ukraine).
April 18-21, 2012 - participant of the Third National Workshop “Mass Communication and PR for the Promotion of Touristic Destinations” (Kamianets-Podilsk, Ukraine).
December 15-16, 2012 - participant of the workshop “Fair Game Rules and Opportunities for Cooperation in Publishing Business” (Lviv, Ukraine).
October 3-7, 2013 - participant of the International Congress “Culture for the Eastern Partnership “East of Culture”” (Lublin, Poland).
November 10-12, 2014 - participant of the national conference “Cultural-Educational Academy” by German Cultural Center Goethe-Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine).
November 16-29, 2014 - participation in a two-week advance training course by Goethe-Institute: “Management of Culture and Projects in the Framework of the “Cultural-Educational Academy” (Berlin, Germany).

Module 1. Management of culture: understanding and presentation of cultural managers of themselves; the scope and conditions of work in Ukraine and Germany: review of German cultural environment.
Module 2. Examples of successful cooperation between public and private cultural institutions.
Module 3. Social, political and economic importance of culture; work in time of political change.
Module 4. Economic principles: structure and production-economic basis, fundraising and promotion models that operate in the EU, other European supportinve initiatives.
Module 5. Public relations.

July 13 - August 7, 2015 - summer school of the Center for Urban History “Jewish History, Multiethnic Past, and Common Heritage: Urban Experience in Eastern Europe” (Lviv, Ukraine). Courses:
• Modern Jewish History in Eastern and Central Europe in the 19th through 20 Centuries;.
• The Jews of the Soviet Union: From Nationalism to Communism and Back;
• The History of Jewish Culture in Eastern Europe: From Hasidic Piety to Yiddish Secularism;
• Traditional Jewish Culture: People, Time, and Space;
• Places of Jewish History in Lviv: Art, Heritage, Commemoration. Jews in the Russian Empire;
• The City: a locus of Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian encounter (with a focus on Ukraine).
• Language course in Yiddish (basic level, 40 hours).

Bosch Stiftung, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Goethe-Institute Kyiv, Polish Institute Kyiv, Austrian Cultural Forum, German Embassy in Kyiv, Swiss Embassy in Kyiv, Austrian Embassy in Kyiv, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, Czech Cultural Center in Kyiv, USAID LINC.

• Author of the poetry collection “Talk to an Angel” (Ternopil, 2005)
• Co-author of the Ukrainian-Austrian poetry-photo book “Czernowitz-Prague-Wien” (Chernivtsi, 2011), presented in Leipzig, Wien, Zurich, Berlin, Chernivtsi, Kyiv, Lviv.

Weitere Informationen:
Die ukrainische Dichterin und Kulturmanagerin Iryna Vikyrchak stellt in der Leseprobe fünf ihrer Gedichte vor. Im Interview spricht sie über ihr Engagement in der ukrainischen Kulturszene und über das wiederkehrende Thema Natur in ihren Gedichten.






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