The New York Group
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a group of Ukrainian émigré modernist poets that originated in New York City in the mid-1950s, imbuing the postwar Ukrainian émigré literary milieu with avant-garde spirit and fresh poetic forms. the poets eagerly experimented and embraced surrealism and existentialism. the label "New York Group" commonly refers to Bohdan Boychuk, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Bohdan Rubchak, Zhenia Vasylkivska, Emma Andijewska, Patricia Nell Warren, Vira Vovk, George Kolomyiets, Oleh Kowerko, Marco Carynnyk, Roman Babowal, and Maria Rewakowicz. the New York Group's most active period spans approximately fifteen years, from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s and coincides with the publication of its annual poetry almanac Novi poezii (New Poetry). in 1990 Boychuk and Rewakowicz, in cooperation with the Writers' Union of Ukraine, founded a literary magazine Svito-vyd in Kyiv, which was published until 1999. the most iconic thematic innovations introduced by the New York Group comprise the utilization of Spanish and/or Latin American material as well as the incorporation of a play element, urban motifs, and erotica.