top of page

Katherine E. Young -Poems: Ukraine and Russia

Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: March, 16, 2022 Noon ET WERA (96.7 FM) Streaming-

The war in UKRAINE has galvanized support across the world for writers and poets from Ukraine and Russia who are risking their lives to speak out about Vladimir Putin's invasion. Poet Katherine E. Young returns to Real Fiction to discuss her work as a poet and translator of poetry from the Russian language. In this episode, we focus on the poetry of Ukrainian poet Iya Kiva, whose poems are finding a wider audience in translation.

Katherine E. Young is the author of the poetry collections WOMAN DRINKING ABSINTHE and DAY OF THE BORDER GUARDSand the editor of WRITTEN IN ARLINGTON. She is the translator of LOOK AT HIM by Anna Starobinets and FAREWELL, AYLIS by Akram Aylisli. Young’s translations of contemporary Russophone poetry have won international awards; she was also named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow (US). From 2016-2018, she served as the inaugural poet laureate for Arlington, Virginia, US.

(b. 1984) is the award-winning author of two poetry collections, A LITTLE FURTHER FROM HEAVEN (PODAL’SHE OT RAYA) (2018) and THE FIRST PAGE OF WINTER (PERSHA STORINKA ZIMY) (2019); she writes in both Russian and Ukrainian. Kiva’s poems have appeared in English translation in ASYMPTOTE, LITERARY HUB, LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS, and others.

Donate to Ukraine

Want to help, but unsure how? Don’t know who to trust? Below are a handful of nonprofits and charitable foundations with a history of success and transparent reporting. For even more information, including volunteer opportunities, events, email templates, refugee information, news and more, please go to

Download a browser extension to translate foreign language websites into your preferred language. Follow the link here.

Medical support

  • NEW: Help Ukraine Center (Donate, Physical Donations) – Polish-German initiative powered by the Ernst Prost Fundation. Medicines and other essential humanitarian products will be delivered to regions that need it the most, in cooperation with our partners: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ROZETKA, Fozzy Group, TIS, Dragon Capital, Spunbond fund, Ukrposhta.

  • RAZOM: Emergency Response – for tactical medical training. Help qualified war medics teach civilians first aid and provide them with medical supplies. Now sourcing funding for a cargo plane shipment of medical aid.

  • NEW: United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (Donate) – provide vital medical supplies to victims, care for the injured and refugees, as well as shelter and food to those affected.

  • Sunflower of Peace – for medical assistance and other necessities. Each IFAK (medical backpack) can save up to 10 lives.

  • Lifeline Ukraine – for psychosocial support. Ukraine’s first suicide prevention hotline mobilized in response to alarming rates of veteran suicide.

Veterans and internally displaced persons

  • NEW: Future Kyiv Charitable Foundation (Donate) – collection of charitable contributions for the purchase of humanitarian aid to Kyiv residents, organized by the Kyiv Municipal Government.

  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine – for provision of medical aid and sustainable living standards to wounded soldiers and members of their families.

  • Ukrainian People With Disabilities in Crisis – helps Ukrainians with disabilities – especially those who want but cannot evacuate – protect themselves in case of emergency.

  • Caritas Ukraine – provision of humanitarian assistance to various social groups and those impacted by the conflict. More information here.

  • CrimeaSOS – assistance to internally displaced persons from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. With the support and partnership of UNHCR, it promotes community initiatives for these groups.

  • British-Ukraine Aid – assistance to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and families who have lost their main earners. More information here.

  • People in Need: SOS Ukraine – for provision of food and sanitation packages, emergency shelter, psychosocial support, and more in Donetsk and Luhansk, both in territory under the control of the Ukrainian government and in territory not currently under government control.

  • UN Crisis Relief: Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund – contributions are collected into a single, unearmarked fund and managed locally under UN leadership. As crises evolve, funds are made directly and immediately available to a wide range of partner organizations at the front lines of response. This way, funding reaches the people most in need when they need it.

Religious and ethnic minority aid

  • JDC: Emergency in Ukraine – provides a lifeline for an estimated 40,000 Jewish elderly and 2,500 poor Jewish children and their families through its network of care services, Jewish community programs, and Jewish leaders in more than 1,000 locations across Ukraine.

  • Rabbi Bleich's Help Kyiv – help set up a Refugee Camp for the Kyiv Jewish Community, organized by Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi.

  • United Jewish Appeal (Donate) – support urgent and mounting humanitarian needs including food, shelter, transport, and emergency medical units.

  • Roma Women Fund – advocate for Roma women's rights in Ukraine and collaborate with Roma communities on the regional level.



  • Help Us Help – donations will be used to fund the following: evacuation and relocation of staff and beneficiaries (children, scholars and veteran families), humanitarian aid delivery, and medical assistance for victims.

  • Save the Children - Ukraine – distribute essential humanitarian aid to children and their families; deliver winter and hygiene kits; provide cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs like food, rent and medicines; provide access to safe, inclusive, quality education; work to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of conflict.

  • Voices of Children – psychological/psychosocial support for children affected by the war.

  • Saint Javelin – all proceeds of shirt and sticker sales go to a fund for the children of fallen and wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

  • Toy Drive for the Children of Fallen Heroes – provides assistance for displaced people, orphans, and families of Ukrainian military who died or were hurt in action. Volunteers in Ukraine learn about needs on the ground and pass information on to us.


  • Ukrainian Leadership Academy – an educational program that aims to develop a generation of young leaders for Ukraine and the world. Over the course of a gap year, young adults learn to work in a team, set goals, develop projects, take responsibility for their lives and the country's fate, and choose their future profession more consciously.

  • Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation – invest in the lives of young and talented future leaders of Ukraine and the diaspora.

  • Veteranius – help teach and employ veterans, volunteers and internally displaced persons in the IT sector and involve them in socially important projects.

  • Bohdan Radchenko Stipend for Veterans – tuition for a Master’s at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (KMA), Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).


bottom of page