Ludmila Khersonsky (DG 2022) recently published a poem, “First Day of War,” in the New Yorker. Ludmila wrote this poem two weeks after the war in Ukraine began, while staying at Civitella, which she describes as “quiet shelter under warmest care.” Read the poem or listen to Valzhyna Mort’s (Incoming Writing Fellow 2023) reading by clicking here. Mort translated the poem from its original Russian.