September 23, 2022

The Language of Poetry in Times of Crisis: A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Ilya Kaminsky

Poet, translator and essayist Ilya Kaminsky will read poems, discuss his collections Dancing in Odessa and deaf republicand talk about his new job.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1977, and came to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the US government. He currently lives in Atlanta, where he holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Professorship in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kaminsky is the author of deaf republic (Graywolf Press in the US and Faber in the UK), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award, as well as a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Forward Prize for Poetry (UK) and the TS Eliot Prize (UK). United). deaf republic was a New York Times Notable Book for 2019, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications, including Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, Weekly editors, The Guardian, irish time, vanity lounge, Lithub, library newspaperand new statesman.

His first book, Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press in the US and Faber in the UK) won the Whiting Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Metcalf Prize, a Lannan Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the NEA, Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He has published articles and essays dealing with the topics of immigration, disability, human rights, translation and cultural memory in publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Boston Review, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, and The Yale Review.

Kaminsky is co-editor and co-translator of many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Black elderberry branch: Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva (Books by Alice James). Her poetry has also received international awards, most recently in Lithuania and China and was shortlisted for the Neustsdt International Prize for Literature. He was selected by the BBC as “one of the twelve artists who changed the world”.

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Photo by Ilya Kaminsky
Credit: Cybele Knowles, 2013, Courtesy of University of Arizona Poetry Center

This event is presented by the Department of English Language Literature.