Green Desert / The Kazakh Aul of the US

Green Desert: The Life and Poetry of Olzhas Suleimenov
Book Presentation

A book signing introducing Green Desert: the Life and Poetry of Olzhas Suleimenov, the
first comprehensive translation of Olzhas Suleimenov’s poetry by Sergey Levchin and Ilya
Bernstein and edited by Rafis Abazov, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International
and Public Affairs, Columbia University , was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. It
was hosted by the Harriman Institute and presented in the International Affairs Building of
Columbia University, New York City.

Olzhas Suleimenov is well-known for his active public life. He founded the Nevada-
Semipalatinsk Movement (1989), which became one of the most outspoken voices for the
closure of all nuclear testing facilities in Kazakhstan. He also co-founded the Yssyk Kөl Forum,
which was established during the latter period of the Soviet Union and has been recognized
as an important organization of intellectuals and thinkers. Currently, he serves as the
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO.

While discussing the book, Mr. Suleimenov shared his candid thoughts about recent developments in the literary world of Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He also answered questions from the audience.

The speaker was introduced by the Director of the East Central European Center, Professor
Alan Timberlake who also presided over the event as a moderator. For more information
on the event or book, please contact Alexander Metelitsa by sending an email to amm2315@

The Kazakh Aul of the US
“Zhailau 2012 Kazakh Heritage Camp for Families”

The Kazakh Aul of the United States (KAUS) held its 8th annual “Zhailau, Kazakh Heritage
Camp for Families,” July 23-28, 2012 in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. This annual
camp is one way the KAUS, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, promotes the culture of
Kazakhstan. At Zhailau, the KAUS educates and enriches both the lives of Kazakh children
being raised in the United States and their families.

The week-long camp, under the guidance of dedicated Kazakh teachers and parents, provides
opportunities for boys and girls to learn the art of traditional Kazakh dance, dombïra
playing, and language usage while observing first-hand traditional ceremonies and performances by professionally trained Kazakh dancers and musicians. In addition, participants explore many facets of Kazakh culture including cooking, story-telling, and craftsmanship.

The KAUS is already planning Zhailau 2013 to be held next July once again on beautiful
Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. For more information or to find out how to contribute
or donate to this unique organization, please visit the KAUS website at or email

(Susan Saxon, Volunteer Administrative Executive Director, Kazakh Aul of the US)