Volodymyr Yermolenko Elected the New President of PEN Ukraine
During the Annual Meeting of the Ukrainian centre of PEN International held on November 10, 2022, philosopher, writer, and journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko was elected president of the organisation. Journalist and TV presenter Myroslava Barchuk and poet and translator Ostap Slyvynsky became vice presidents of PEN Ukraine.
Moreover, during the Annual Meeting, PEN Ukraine members elected the new Executive Council of the organisation. It includes Alim Aliev, Myroslava Barchuk, Larysa Denysenko, Ihor Kozlovsky, Iryna Slavinska, Ostap Slyvynsky, Marko Robert Stech and Artem Chapeye. Besides, Ola Hnatiuk became the advisor to the newly elected president.
According to the Charter of PEN Ukraine, the President and members of the Executive Council perform their duties during a 2-year term. Subsequently, the President can be re-elected for another 2-year term.
Since 2018, journalist and cultural manager Tetyana Teren has held the position of the Executive Director of PEN Ukraine.
Volodymyr Yermolenko is a Ukrainian philosopher, writer and journalist, doctor of political studies. Senior lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Expert of Internews-Ukraine NGO, editor-in-chief of UkraineWorld. In 2020, together with journalist Tetyana Ogarkova, he created the Kult podcast, dedicated to defining epochs in the history of culture and iconic authors who had a great influence on the development of literature and culture. Author of numerous articles about Ukraine, Europe and world processes in Ukrainian and foreign media. Author of books: Narrator and Philosopher: Walter Benjamin and his time ("Оповідач і філософ: Вальтер Беньямін та його час", 2011), The Distant, The Close. Essays on Philosophy and Literature ("Далекі близькі. Есеї з філософії та літератури", 2015), The Ocean Catcher: A Story of Odysseus ("Ловець океану. Історія Одіссея", 2017), Volatile Ideologies: Ideas and Politics in Europe of the 19th and 20th centuries ("Плинні ідеології. Ідеї та політика в Європі ХІХ–ХХ століть", 2018). Laureate of the Yuri Shevelyov Prize (2018) and Petro Mohyla Award (2021).
Before Volodymyr Yermolenko, PEN Ukraine was presided over by Andriy Kurkov (2018-2022), Mykola Riabchuk (2014-2018), Myroslav Marynovych (2010-2014), Yevhen Sverstyuk (1993-2010) and Mykola Vinhranovsky (1989-1993).
PEN Ukraine is a non-governmental organisation in the sphere of cultural and human rights uniting 145 Ukrainian journalists, writers, scientists, publishers, translators, and human rights activists. Established in 1989, PEN Ukraine belongs to the network of 146 national centres of PEN International. Our work is aimed at protecting freedom of expression and authors’ rights, popularisation of Ukrainian literature and culture, upholding the values and standards of independent journalism, and establishing international cultural cooperation. PEN Ukraine is a co-founder of the Vasyl Stus Prize, the Yuri Shevelov Prize, the George Gongadze Prize, and the Drahomán Prize.
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