Fundraiser for the festival founded by Victoria Amelina announced


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PEN Ukraine has announced a fundraiser to support the New York Literary Festival in the Donetsk region. This was reported on the organization’s Facebook page.


“Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine made it impossible to hold the festival in the frontline town of New York since 2022; still, Victoria went on with her various cultural and educational initiatives within the festival. On top of everything else, we would like Victoria’s life work to be continued. Thus, we kindly ask everyone who has such an opportunity to support the New York Literary Festival,” PEN noted.


The funds are being raised by Olya Rusina, one of the festival project curators. The money will be transferred to the statutory activities of the New York Literary Festival NGO soon after the re-execution of the organization’s accounts.


You can join the collection by following the link (monobank card number 5375 4112 0732 8878).


Victoria Amelina is a writer, member of PEN Ukraine.


In 2014, Victoria Amelina made her literary debut with the novel “The November Syndrome, or Homo Compatiens”, published by Discursus. The novel entered the top ten of the LitAccent 2014 rating. In 2014, she became a laureate of the Koronatsia Slova (Coronation of the Word) National Prize for her lyrics. In 2015, she suspended her career in IT to pursue her writing.


In 2017, she published her novel “Dom’s Dream Kingdom”, which was shortlisted for the LitAccent of the Year and the UNESCO City of Literature Prize, as well as the European Union Prize for Literature. She is the author of the children’s book “E-E-Excavator Eka’s Stories”. In 2021, she was awarded the Joseph Conrad Literary Award.


Besides, Victoria Amelina was a co-founder of the New York Literary Festival, a cultural and artistic event designed to popularize Ukrainian literature. The event took place in a small frontline town in the Donetsk region, renamed New York in 2021. She died on July 1 as a result of an injury sustained during a rocket attack on Kramatorsk by Russia.


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Photo: Facebook/New York Literary Festival