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Vladimir Azarov

"I transformed myself in the zero of form." Kazimir Malevich


June 16, 2019

In memory of my friend -- Canadian actress Nonnie Griffin (1933 – 2019). She studied at the Toronto Conservatory in her native land, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and even with famed mime artist Marcel Marceau.


October 29, 2017

Attending the One Woman Play "Marilyn After"
Performing by Canadian actress Nonnie Griffin
And having my book "Sochi Delirium" to her Birthday

"Your book is rich, full of interesting detail and so well written. What a vocabulary you have!
I love how you write. You are truly there, in the centre of your emotion and love for
that superb Marilyn Monroe.

-- Nonnie Griffin


April 5, 2015
Ellington's Music and Café - Toronto

12:00 Noon-2:30 pm
Sunday Poetry Reading
805 St Clair Ave West


Alexander Pushkin -- New translation by Vladimir Azarov.

To download the poem in Microsoft Word format, please, click here.

The second poem titled INCANTATION. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was a composer in the beginning of his career. He loved Pushkin's poetry, and he set this lyrics into music. In German translation, Nietzsche's romance has name "Beschwörung".

To watch "Beschwörung" on youtube.com, please, click here


March 8, 2015
Ellington's Music and Café - Toronto

12:00 Noon-2:30 pm
Sunday Poetry Reading
805 St Clair Ave West

Vladimir Azarov reading his poem MY VISIT NKVD : GOING HOME a new publishing in the ELQ/ Exile Quarterly volume 38, #4



Spring 2015
Current and recent issue of ELQ/ Exile Quarterly Volume 38, #4


Fiction by Helen Marshall, Linda Rogers, Kieth Cadieux, Michael Mirolla, Alex C. Renwick, Joel Thomas Hynes / Poetry by Elizabeth Rhaett Woods, Vladimir Azarov with Nina Bunjevac / Drama by Tara Beagan.

The Magazine ELQ/ Exile Quarterly Volume 38, #4 published Vladimir Azarov's poem from his book "Mongolian Etudes" -- "My NKVD Visit : Going Home" with illustrations by Nina Bunjevac.


To download the poem in PDF format, please, click here

My Moscow friend Yuri Sokolov, co-student and architect, a former journalist of newspaper "Izvestia", now a poet, musician, and actor of Poetry Theatre of E. Kamburova Moscow, has translated the poem "My NKVD Visit" in a rhyming satirical style. I really appreciate his involving into my poetry and thankful to him for his creative job.

To download the poem in Microsoft Word format, please, click here


February 28, 2015


Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery --
400 Queen Street East, Toronto

Fantastic Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery February 28, 2015!

We had a memorable, inspiring, wonderful Salon of many brilliances. It was a poetically and sonically rich afternoon -- Stedmond Pardy, Kevin Fortnum, Amoeba Starfish, Vladimir Azarov, Norman Allan, and Alana Cook -- they stepping up to the open mic and sharing their poems...



January 2015
Las Vegas


In Las Vegas Vladimir Azarov was inspired to write a new poetry book called GAMBLING :
after Dostoevsky's "Gambler",
after Pushkin's "The Queen of Spade",
and after Friedrich Nietzsche's admiration for Dostoevsky :
     "Dostoevsky is ...the only psychologist from whom I have anything to learn."



Happy New 2015 Year!
January 2015


Reading Poetry by Vladimir Azarov in Las Vegas.

The BEAT Coffeehouse.
520 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, US





Have a Christmas Gift from Amazon :
Vladimir Azarov "Sochi Delirium"!

Merry Christmas!


November 20, 2014. Ottawa Poetry Visit



Ottawa. Art Gallery. A B Poetry Reading Series, Organized by Max Middle


Vladimir Azarov and Max Middle

Max Middle


Vladimir Azarov reading "Sochi Delirium" at the Ottawa Art Gallery Bar "Mug Shots".




November 17, 2014


Book Launches and Reading at the Windup Bird Café, College Street Toronto.

Vladimir Azarov presenting his book Sochi Delirium.


September 24, 2014


Nina Bunjewac's Launch at the AGO

Artist of "Broken Pastries" book's cover - Nina Bunjewac -- invited Vladimir Azarov to her launch of "Fatherland" at the AGO.

Nina Bunjiwac signed her book "Fatherland" for Vladimir Azarov, saying : "We have almost the same childhood, just in the different eras."

An autobiographical graphic novel about terrorism, family and Serbia's dark history.

Nina Bunjevac tells her family's story in superb black-and-white artwork. Fatherland will be recognized as a masterpiece of non-fiction comics, worthy to stand beside Persepolis and Palestine.


September 21, 2014

Great day at Word On The Street!

Over 100 books sold! Matthew Loney, Vladimir Azarov and Emmanuel Kattan presented their new books to fully seated audiences (and to the attentive standing-only 10-15 on the street).

Best sellers on the day:
Fractured - Canadian Post-apocalypse fiction; Lawren Harris - Contrasts;
Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets;
Dead North - Canadian Zombie Fiction; Yiddish Women Writers anthology


presented Exile Editions books by Vladimir Azarov, Matthey Loney, and Emmanuel Kattan

Sunday September 21, 2014
Queen's Park Circle
Vladimir Azarov Event info :
Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM



Reading Poetry

Reading poetry by Vladimir Azarov at :
The Toronto Art Bar, Cabaret Noir Lizzie Violet, Toronto Poetry Slam Patrick De Belen, The Rotary Dial Poetry Pino Coluccio, Queen Gallery Music and Poetry Mahrokh Ahankhah, Sunday Poetry Reading Ellington's Music and Cafe.



December 9, 2013

Vladimir Azarov became a member of the League of Canadian Poets


August 26, 2009

The AGO Letter

The great English sculptor Henry Moore. London,1972.
The photograph presented by Vladimir Azarov

The Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO), Toronto

Vladimir Azarov,
Consulting Architect,
Dip. Arch. Architects' Union of Russia,
Arkhimed Ltd. - Architectural bureau

Dear Vlad,

This is to follow up on our recent conversation regarding two books, "26 letters poems pictures" and "Black Square", which you have authored, and two photographs of Henry Moore, taken May 1972.

We are very pleased to accept them, and as I mentioned to you they are more suitable in our Edward P. Taylor Research Library, than in the photography collection. However, in the event I would have a need for your photographs, they are of course available from the Library. (The copy of this letter is addressed to my colleague, Donald Rance in the Library).

It is most kind of you to make this gift to the Art Gallery of Ontario. It is through the generosity of our members and the public which contributes to our strength in our many collecting areas. Your gift is indeed much appreciated.


Maia-Mari Sutnik

Curator, Photography
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Tel: 416 979 6660 #494
Fax: 416 979 6666
e-m: Maia_Sutnik@ago.net

The second donated photograph :

From left to right : Henry Moore, a guide, Covent Garden ballerina, student of Anna Pavlova, the chief of Soviet delegation, and Vladimir Azarov. London. May, 1972.

This photograph is used also for the book "26 letters poems pictures" by Vladimir Azarov. The book is devoted for Transformation of The Art Gallery of Ontario with a copy in the AGO Library.
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