Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Lyn Coffin, Honorary PhD, granted by World Academy of Arts and Culture for “Writing excellence and efforts on behalf of world peace, gives us the pleasure of sharing her recollections of Joseph Brodsky, her thoughts and experiences as translator of Akhmatova, Orten, and other poets, as well as her own creative work.

Sponsored by University of Oregon’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Mills International Center Free and open to the public.

Thursday May 30, 2019 6:30-8:00pm Mills International Center Erb Memorial Union, Mezzanine 102

For accommodations, contact mills@uoregon.edu 541-346-0887

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  • Lyn Coffin

Yesterday, I posted a picture to the Facebook Group "View from My Window." It went viral and got over 6.000 likes, about 500 comments and 30 shares. (It's still ongoing.) Here is the original post:

This is the only view from my only window, and I love it. I'm staying at my son and daughter-in-law's house in Seattle in the guest room in the basement. This is the most beautiful view because I am staying with them for as long as it takes. I am glad and grateful to be here and not alone in room quarantine in my retirement community. Here's to FAMILY!. - Lyn C. Seattle,

The response, from all around the world, made me really grateful that there are so many people in the world who took time out of their day, especially in such a stressful time, to reach out to a stranger with encouraging words. That gave me the courage to decide to publish here my epistolary autobiographical novella, Tinder. Every day I will post one section of the novella (an email or two) here, along with relevant pictures. I thank you for tuning in. Your feedback is always welcome. Tinder (as a whole) will be published by Serotonin Press later this year.

Stay safe! Stay strong! Come back!


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Updated: Apr 30, 2020

On February 10th of this year, I received a brief message OOTB (out of the blue) from a woman I didn’t know and hadn’t heard of. This is the message in its entirety: 

"Almost a year after losing my dad to cancer in 2015, I came across this poem of yours "My Father," which scythed through my soul. Not because of a shared experience, but for the word "father"--an essence I kept looking for.Tonight, there has been an inner urge on me to share it with you." -Sarah

Included with the message was this lovely recording.

“Meeting” Sarah online and getting to know her a little is one of the many unexpected gifts that come with online communication.

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