Anna Akhmatova expert needed, stat.
July 20, 2015 5:13 PM   Subscribe

I am working on an article that's due today. My editor wanted me to get some quotes from those who were influenced by/familiar with the work of Anna Akhmatova. Somehow, all but one of my contacts didn't work out, and I only have a couple lines. I am looking for a writer, scholar, translator, etc. who can answer a few questions in complete sentences for a general audience and can do so via email or phone today. Any suggestions?
posted by mermaidcafe to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Did you try Help a Reporter Out?
posted by DarlingBri at 5:35 PM on July 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

A dear friend of mine is a (retired) professor of Russian studies and has mentioned Akhmatova more than once in my hearing. I've poked him, will let you know if he can be of use.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 5:39 PM on July 20, 2015 [6 favorites]

I'm the retired Russian prof mentioned by feckless above. I participated in the Akhmatova Centenary Conference in 1989 at Bellagio, and had contact in Leningrad with the late Vladimir Admoni, who was a friend of Akhmatova. I haven't used Metafilter in years -- but if it has a message/chat function, you can use it to ask me questions, and I'll do my best to answer succinctly and for a general audience. Are you writing for Canadians? If so I can be of more help with influences on Canadian poets.
posted by pernishus at 6:21 PM on July 20, 2015 [16 favorites]

Response by poster: @pernishus--Sent you MeFi mail. :) Thank you, and of course, thank you @feckless fecal fear mongering! :)

@DarlingBri--Didn't know about that site. Thank you. I'll use it next time.
posted by mermaidcafe at 6:52 PM on July 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

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